Archive for May, 2008

Payette Boise River Revival is Tomorrow!


The PBR (Payette Boise River Revival) starts Friday (tomorrow)! Lots of kayak and rafting competition throughout the weekend. It all kicks off at the Gutter – 4pm on Friday May 30th with the Juniors freestyle and transitions into the Night Disco Rodeo – paddling under the spotlight -) Go HERE for more info. Best for everyone if you can use the ONLINE REGESTRATION. Hope to see you there!!

Bladder Wave!


[singlepic=58,360,240,,left]Well, it’s in! I’m waiting on my new SuperStar to arrive, so I took Tyler out for his first run on the Bladder Wave tonight. My friend Link brought his raft and we paddled it out to the dam and he, mike and I caught some nice pics of the action from our cushy front row seat :-)

Regional Jackson paddler Mark Cecchini was seriously stomping the wave – check him out here in these pics in his green AllStar. Enjoy

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The Payette’s Bladder Wave is IN!!


I just drove by the Gutter here on the Payette and the Bladder Wave is in! The river is sitting at 9,800 and is pouring over the sides of the dam. Now this isn’t the monster wave that it is known for – the water just isn’t high enough. It is a lot like a wide ‘Trimax’ (3rd wave on Climax). No telling how long it will last – so get out there!

PBR Starts One Week From Today!


The PBR (Payette Boise River Revival) starts one week from today! This is such a great event if you are in the Boise area – even if you are not participating it is a blast to watch. It all kicks off at 4pm on Friday May 30th with the Juniors freestyle and transitions into the Night Disco Rodeo – paddling under the spotlight :-) Go HERE for more info and online regestration. Hope to see you there!!

Payette Bladder Dam Should Be Up For Memorial Day Weekend


[singlepic=22,320,240,,left] The manager of the Horseshoe Bend Power Plant said he has the bladder dam all the way up today. He plans to keep it up for the Memorial Day weekend. If it does need to come down they will try to drop it at night and have it up again so the Gutter will be in business. If your timing is right you could catch a ride on the Bladder wave while the dam is transitioning between up/down.

Payette hits 14K – Bladder Still Deflated…


Today the payette topped 14,000cfs and the bladders is still totally deflated to minimize silting of the canal and plant. Look for clearing water when it starts to subside a little and let’s see if the dam comes up :-)

Boise’s 2nd Throwdown


We had our 2nd Hometown Throwdown last night under a hot sun and lots of water. Check HERE for details!

Payettes Bladder Dam Deflated Friday May 16th.


I talked with the manager of the Horseshoe Bend Power plant tonight and he said they are going to deflate the bladder dam Friday morning. This means that the gutter is not surfable and the bladder wave will
NOT be in. He was not sure when they would re inflate the dam on Friday afternoon and said it could be down for several days. Here is a link to their page with info on deflation schedules Go to the bottom of the page! :

As of about midnight this is how it reads :

“Very high flow conditions are predicted for the Payette River for the
next days. In order to prevent the plant structure from being sanded
up the hydroelectric plant operation will be momentarily stopped.

Please note that the Rubber Dam of the HBHC power plant will be
lowered tomorrow May16th, 2008 and could be down for the next couple
days. Most of the river water will flow in the main river channel
over the deflated rubber dam.”