David Silk 24/12/2014 | Posted in 2014 Rock Star Standard, 2014 RockStar, 2014 RockStar Competition, Uncategorized, Whitewater
I recently got the chance to go down to Georgia and spend a week at one of my absolute favorite places, Columbus, GA, on the Chattahoochee River. I also got the chance to show this awesome place to my best friend, Sage Donnelly, as well as good friend Peter Holcombe. Let me tell you exactly why this is one of my favorite places.
First of all, the area surrounding the river itself is really cool. It’s in the middle of a Columbus, GA, and on the shore of the river is a really cool broken down mill. Theres also miles of a beautiful riverwalk going up and down the Chattahoochee. Into town, theres tons of awesome restaurants, and the Outside World kayak store, run by a great guy, Dan Allison. The whole city is a really fun and cool place to be.
Now, the river. In just the around 500 yards of rapids by the old mill, the Chattahoochee becomes one of the best freestyle spots anywhere. There is a longer river run, but the real gems are all here. When it’s releasing, on the right channel of the river, theres an awesome big water class IV+ that can serve up some sick lines and nasty beatdowns. But the left channel is where it’s at. At the right release, you have 4 incredible features. The the very top of this single rapid, you have Work-out Hole. This is a smaller feature, with a little, but steep foam pile. In here, you can do pretty much every hole trick, and loops go huge. It even has eddy access! Then, after a 6 foot drop, theres a hugely underrated feature, Ollie Wave. This is a narrower feature, probably about 6 feet wide, but it’s a good 5 foot high wave, that dishes out sick passes and long rides! This one has eddy access, but only if you really truly haul for it.
Right after Ollie Wave is the feature that really give Chattahoochee its world class status in my opinion, Good Wave. This is a nearly riverwide 7 foot, foamy wave. It doesn’t have eddy access, but it’s worth the walk every time. With huge passes and a very retentive nature, it’s one of the best waves I’ve ever surfed in the US. Then, after Good Wave, in the outflow of the rapid, is the interestingly named Great Wave. It’s a lot of fun, a medium sized wave hole, although certainly not better than Good Wave. It give up massive loops, McNastys, and can even be airscrewed. Then, when the river isn’t releasing, there’s a little tiny feature, right below where Good Wave would be (Sage called it MicroWave). It’s small, but deep enough to loop in carbon, and good enough to throw plenty of tricks.
All this makes it, to me, one of the coolest places anywhere. If you ever get the chance, stop by Columbus, GA! Here’s a short video of this sick river-