So when you say you ran it...you meant...you didnt run it...The first time I ran crystal mill falls the gauge was at 480cfs at redcliff. it is 700 now and would probably still be a good first time level. I'd say it is good to go.
It sounds like your buddy needs to learn how to kayak. What a gaper.Ran it last weekend a couple times. Good line is to boof out of the river right eddy at the lip driving left, onto the lateral wave, and take a big right boof stroke, landing on the left side of the falls with as much speed as possible. My buddy ran it river right the first time and got spanked and swam. Then he tried the "good line" and got spanked and swam. The hole at the bottom is really sticky, he disappeared for almost 10 seconds. Charge hard!
That's good advice for sure. I think said buddy would probably cite his toothpick-shaped paddle as the reason for swimming 2x, but lack of skill is certainly the culprit. At least Kato got a good laugh. What your kayaking partners lack in skill can sometimes be made up by self-deprecating humor.It sounds like your buddy needs to learn how to kayak. What a gaper.