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Old 10-03-2008   #1
 
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Will it Rear its Head?

I don't know how many of you know about the Bladder Wave near Boise, Idaho, but this year it is supposed to be in. Here are a few pics I found, I was out of town last time it was in so this isn't me.
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I can't wait for spring!

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Yep, the Bladder was in from mid-May to mid-June this year. We need above average snowpack in the Payette Drainage, favorable release timing out of Cascade or massive flow on the SF Payette (total flow on the Main Payette at Horseshoe Bend must exceed 10 grand), and the bladder must be partially deflated to pass the high flow. The wave doesn't form if the bladder is completely deflated. The shape of the wave was slightly different every time I surfed it this year because the air moves around in the bladder. Sometimes, at identical flow, it was sicko and other times it was flat and barely surfable.

All that adds up to being one of the least predictable, but most rewarding features I have been lucky enough to surf. Pray for snow.
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Check this link to Kayak Idaho for more action shots:
Kayak Idaho - Bladder Wave
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