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Old 05-21-2008   #1
Eagle, Colorado
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Big Sir - Thursday

I'm packed for an early head out to the wave from Eagle. I'll check the flow in the morning before saddling up. With the colder temps I'm not sure if the flows will continue to form it up tomorrow. Would like to get on it before the mass pilgrimage starts and body armor is manditory ...likely this weekend. Anyone else headed over?


"Dying ain't much of a livin" - The Outlaw Josse Whales
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Old 05-22-2008   #2
Eagle, Colorado
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____Sir - Thoughts...

I made the mistake of stopping at the Glenwood WWP on my way through and, cancel Christmas, is it me or is that thing world class? I'd love to see the Teva Games tallent do a side trip down there. Seems endless what one could do with the skills.
...Oh, Big Sir was just a bit over 20K so I didn't expect it to be nuts but man, it was really small. The waves 2-3 were, however, catch-able in a new playboat design (all-star) except for the top wave which was all green/no-pile. I could get on it floating in from the top but not from eddy service. The second and third waves had piles and were about 3' in height. I'm no master playboater but spins were pretty effortless and the glassy green water below the pile made for buttery spins. Eddy lines were nothing like Union street and eddy service on the RRight was sweet. This, I understand, will soon change with higher water.
One thing I didn't expect was the distinct lack of paddlers. ...Three of us out there for most of the morning, beautiful.
An amazing thing was seeing Winslow(?) take a nice long surfboard ride. How cool. ...Shoot me a reply and I'll send you the pics.

The highlight of the day was lapping Shosho at 12K+. ...Water coming up the ramp several feet, big water (for me) wave trains much like those I've paddled on the Selway in Idaho, but busier. One hole at the lower section RLeft that caught my attention so much that it mezmarized me right on into it for a quick spanking, then spit me out. 10-15 minutes top to bottom. So strange to see a class III stretch so many folks paddle turn into a waylay of good heart pounding fun. What a blast.

Much more water out there. Love to hear accounts of high water antics from the real bad-ass boaters out there on this epic year.

Can't say it enough, please be smart/safe out there this year and watch your buddys' back.

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