Clay Wright 15/12/2011 | Posted in Whitewater
Just back from the NOC checking out the work on the NOC playspot currently under construction and what a cool experience it was!
The riverbed looks basically the same till you notice there’s a different hole right where the old one used to be and the rocks stacked up to divert the water are MUCH bigger.
Once we got suited up it’s clearly a far different feature than it was this Fall and nothing like anything else on the river. Andrew Holcombe, Daniel Dutton, Pat Keller , Risa Shimoda, Tommy Yonn, and Zack ‘Riverbone’ and I paddled 2 different versions so far and the 3rd comes on any minutes. It’s a tough job to make a feature that’s deep enough to loop and cartwheel longer boats in a river with only 700 cfs but they are honing their skills and refocusing the water each round.
While we got lots of tricks in both versions, we all agreed it was still a bit ”aggressive” for the average Nantahala boater – which is a big goal for this feature as well. So the folks at McLaughlin Design Group and some big machinery driving dudes from this area are putting the final touches on a ‘friendlier’ version for today’s release and grand opening. Can’t wait to see how it shapes up!