Almost forgot to post here. There was a bus roll-over at Parkdale, and that has pretty much kept my mind preoccupied.
Sunshine can be run with the usual higher flow left line at the top, or the right s-turn which is what I chose, just to see. Some nice waves through the middle section. The bottom holes are straigh foreward. I floated through them without paddling and stayed upright with some strong high-braces. I don't think the other two guys flipped either, but I was way back and didn't see them run the bottom.
There are a couple big wave/holes in Grateful Dead. Turn around and surf them, or punch through, or go around. Anything goes.
Sledgehammer will be your biggest rapid of the day.
It is best run entering on the left to go around the monster hole on top and then center up for the biggest drop of the day, stay center as you get hit by big waves that come from everywhere until you pass the middle big hole before the middle calm. After that the usual left line past rushmore and clarks hole. ----you can punch the top hole, middle hole and rushmore. I didn't mess with clarks hole. You are on your own if you jump in that one.
All 3 of us ran bird drop. It's big and meaty, and we all punched right througn it. You have at least a 1/2 mile of flat water after it, so no reason not to jump into it, right?
The Narrows if nice. Some good waves, and squeeze box is the biggest in the middle. It "type-writered" the other two toward the left wall as is what often happens. I managed to stay straight forward and upright on my ride. That wave is a crap-shoot. You can pass by on either side if desired. Big waves follow till you get to the punchbowl.
Wallslammer is the same as it always is. against the wall is class IV, middle of the current is class III, and left side is easiest. Pick your poison. I flipped twice trying to surf and mess around. No surf tonight.
It is easy to get river right to avoid Boateater. There is a nice little sirf wave about 15 feet behind the hole. From there, I was able to see that there is about 1 foot of water still pouring over the rock that creates the hole. The hole is still ugly.
aboiut 50 feet downstream is the river wide surf wave. It is dimminishing, but still surfable if you fall into the small section that still has a pile. I missed it. There are about a dozen more nice surf waves and surf holes over the next 150 yards. I wasn't on my game. I have never missed so many great waves in so short a distance! I guess I will just have to go back and try again!
Corner Pocket has it's surf wave back. Soda fountain rock is still a boiling pile just over your right shoulder as you surf. Try not to think about that if you have a buddy on the rock in front of you taking your picture because the lighting on the cliff walls downstream is perfect at 6:00 p.m.! Those will be on my facebook soon I hope.
Still more big waves follow.
The surf waves below lionshead are still there, but not the huge impact they were before. Still fun.
The two dam divertion waves. The upper one is okay, and the lower one is not very retentive anymore.
The playpark wave is decent and the eddys have returned! You can get back in it from either side, but you do have to work at it from the river-right eddy.
Hope this helps. Get in there.
"So in two seconds, away we went, a sliding down the river, and it did seem so good to be free again and all by ourselves on the big river and nobody to bother us." -Mark Twain (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn)