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Archive for the ‘Mystery Spots’


Cowbell–Nolichucky River, TN

I need more Cowbell…

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Cowbell is at the take out for the Gorge section of the Nolichucky river in eastern TN.  Several years ago a hurricane brought the river up to 90,000 cfs and drastically changed the riverbed.  Cowbell is not as easy or good as it once was and now needs higher flows as well (2000cfs).  For a long time, Angst Kayak would hold the US World Mystery Championships at Cowbell.  The following videos are from my last three rides during the 2003 competition where I placed 3rd.

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Barking Dog Headcam

I have a great little Canon waterproof camera and I decided to strap it to my helmet and do some mysteries. Had a pretty good day at Barking Dog on the South Fork of the American River about 6 weeks ago. Be careful that you don’t get dizzy watching the video as there are many many spins while down in a mystery.

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This trip the lower seam wasn’t as good but the upper one next to the hole was giving up some exciting rides.

The Weasel, Oregon

Oregon, the land of rain, cool temps, and amazing rivers.  Big deep rivers, full of “baby heads,” geologist term for glacial rocks.  The weasel is a world class convergence that gives up deep deep rides in a super clear and cold arena.  Catfish with albino heads come right up to your squirtboat and the weasels roll up when you least expect it.  The visuals are amazing, get it!!!

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There is a time when doing mysteries, called the trance, the weasel with its cold water, clear visuals, and multiple zombie mysteries that just take you there.

Last weekend was my second visit to the weasel, for the first weasel gathering of mystery boaters.  We had a great competition and gathering, I got second, although I think Joel "Diesel", and Scott "Weaver" were too drunk to really compete.

Enjoy

Noah

The Bubbler, VA

Hanging by the fire with lots of good friends and good beerJim Snyder @ the Bubbler afterparty
The Bubbler Squirt Gathering of Friends has been happening for several years outside of Blacksburg, VA. It is a great event at an awesome spot. The competition is unique in that there are two spots, left and right, off of the same central eddy. Each competitor gets 5 rides on each side and the totals are added together. We also have a great tandom class with the teams doing tandom mysteries on each side.

 

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Bubbler 1 gives up 15 second mysteries, and Bubbler 2 can put out 25 second mysteries when you get lucky. This little video was taken with what I like to call a chest cam, basically my camera tied onto my chest. Eventually I’ll put up some video of the competitions but for now enjoy the bubbles.

Noah

Sweet Cheeks, TN

Sweet Cheeks, a sideways curling wave that sucks you down straight to the bottom of the river. The river is only about 8 feet deep and is one solid slab of rock. Sometimes you get sucked straight down and flat pin on the bottom of the river for a few minutes. This is such a great spot on a great squirt river.

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Most mysteries here are less than 10 seconds but it is a really cool feeling, almost like surfing in the deep.

Enjoy,
Noah

The Green Zone, CA

Bubbles in the Green Zone, Trinity River CA

Driving home across California this July from a trip down the Oregon Coast I spotted a spot on the Trinity River that looked good from the road.  We (wife and I) pulled off at the Bagdad river access point and I geared up and she swam down a couple of hundred yards to the spot.  Turned out the river was running around 550 cfs and was super clear and cold, great for summer in Cali.  The spot was only about 6-8 feet deep but was super powered up, it was very similair to Borobus in Japan which I visited last fall.  The rides were easy to get and fun to just screw down into the seam with about six spins before it took you.  This video shows that really well.  I think a little more or less water would make this spot really really good, but who knows????

The Green Zone, Trinity River CA

The Green Zone, Trinity River CA

Anyway, if you are driving through the Trinity Gorge definitly check it out.  The mysteries were not epic but everything else was really cool.  Enjoy the little video and pictures from the Green Zone.

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Enjoy,

Noah

 

 

Halls of Karma, WV

Halls of Karma (Halls) is located deep in the New River Gorge, WV.  It is a very powerful spot with deep deep whirlpools.  I’m still confused as to how the Karma thing works because when I used to Raft Guide there we told people that if their Karma was bad it would keep them down a long time.  But as a Squirtboater I want to stay down deep for a while.  That said, the halls can be scary deep, sometimes the whirlpools suck you down until you are traveling through a corridor of massive boulders with a small amount of sunlight coming in through the whirlpool way above your head.  There are even stories of squirtboats exploding at the seams from a super deep mystery here.

Here is a little video from a few years ago when I took off 10 days from work and just squirted my way around West By God VIrginia with some friends from Great Britian and the US.

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Enjoy,

Noah

Barking Dog, CA

This spot has been played at by the few squirtboaters in Northern Cali the last few years but I only started getting there this year.  It is an amazing spot, clear water, deep mysteries, crazy direction changes, and lots of playboaters floating above you.

Stephen and I went early this summer and had a great session.  This video is from the very end of our session so we were tired and not hitting the really long mysteries, but hell, you do what you can.

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Enjoy the vid, and please, visit barking dog if you have any opportunity to because it is world class.

Enjoy

Noah

The Dips, NC

I was introduced to the wave at the Dips in Brison CIty NC several years ago and when we arrived I found 2 good looking squirt seams.  A week later I came back with the squirtboat after a winter run of West Prong in the smokies and got some nice downtime.

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Over the next few years I would just throw the squirtboat on the car whenever we went creeking in the smokies and make the guys stop at the Dips for a few mysteries.  The water was really clear and since it is in-town it makes a great night time squirt spot.  Really cool.

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I'm not trying to give all the information about the mystery spots, Sink Spots is an amazing place to get all your info for the mystery locations.

Hope you get to enjoy some dips at the Dips

Noah