Grand Junction Canal Wave
A friend and I tried out a local canal wave recently (lets say its located around 28 ¼ Road). Since I have limited skills, I was curious what local boaters thoughts were on this spot. I know someone here has had to have tried this before (given its obvious location) or at least tubed it as a kid.
Here are my thoughts: We tried to surf the second wave (the first one didnt seem steep enough), but could never really get it done. Because of its speed, shape and surgieness there was limited margin for error, but it would hold my boat and I definitely felt that if I had more skills it would be a decent spot. I was surprised how fast it was (compared to the 5th Street wave and the unnamed wave by Connected Lakes), the gradient must be deceiving. It was a bizarre environment in the canal with the water constantly surging your elevation would change rapidly, braces would disappear and the eddies moved upstream almost as fast as the flow downstream.
I am being completely honest here this is nothing special, nothing worth traveling for or putting on a map like the M-wave. Its been here for years and is in fairly plain site. Its just the slim pickens a few bored kayakers have to work with here in the immediate valley. So dont all posse up and go runnin down there. Since its a local irrigation canal its pretty likely we were not suppose to be there and I doubt they are going to start letting anyone. If you do go, consider yourself warned that there is a good change of a run-in, warnings or citations. Not to mention the water quality likely equates to a West Slope version of Confluenza (I think I am getting a headache right now). This is more of a one-timer, full moon kind of thing. I am just hoping to hear what other boaters have to say about it.