I agree, Nek. Pine thumps at high water. In '84 my crew had many runs between 4000-6000. My highest was about 4750 and the hit at the S Bend hole was a like a thrust into a concrete wall, then a vertical compact with the thrust against my back, and puked out the back side with a wide-eyed amazement. (Jed's ride was reminiscent, except his boat is half the length).
I've always admired the "white ribbon" that Pine becomes. However, contrary to the idea that it only gets bigger, it does begin to fill in above 5300. I think I have video of John Paris and Tom Nofzinger running it at around 5500-6000 without a paddle when it peaked back then. Suprisingly, the hole looked soft compared to 4750. Usually, it is the below that I consider even more wicked. We named the lower mile "Chaos". It must have been sick for you guys in play boats yesterday. I can hardly imagen the three-deminsional battle in those bobbers. At high volume Pine should be named the "Screaming Mile and a Half". I relate it to standing next to a freight train speeding by at 20 miles an hour and reaching out and grabbing to jump on board. It is wicked fast and furious.
Cheers to your crew. Props to Jed for cleaning the hole. You get the benefit of it too, Nek. Cheers!
I'm looking forward to the #s back at 2600. It definietly has a powerful surge feel at these higher levels, but I think it is more defined, munchie, and optimal at around 2600. However, racing through Pine between 1500 and 2100 is bad vodoo. Which might be about where FIBArk might catch it. Whew! Spectators shouldn't miss that event.
Cheers to all! Let the good times roll!