Originally Posted by eastidaho
Years ago, on a warm summer night, they would hold a freestyle competition on a wave about 30 miles north of Eagle. They brought in some flood lights, large white canopy, pumped music through some large speakers, drinks, and different groups would freestyle for 20 minutes at a time. The guy or gal that pulled off the best tricks on the wave would win a small cash prize. Any word if they are going hold any events at this spot?
The wave you're referring to north of Eagle is Horseshoe Bend's Gutter I think. I've been there, it's a pretty cool spot, fairly isolated too to be so close to Hwy 55.
The Gutter. Credit and copyright go to McLaughlin Whitewater Design Group.
Two more here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/5761551...7625749580841/
I haven't heard anything about competitions at Ray Neef Park, but I would bet money it will happen soon. The current project is just the first phase and it's a play wave only. If I'm not mistaken, a slalom course is the phase 2 proposal for the area downstream to the next canal's headwaters. It's about 1100 feet.
I'm not a kayaker so I don't know what a serious competition venue needs. I'm pretty sure Reno's WW Park has play waves and a slalom course.
The place to read about is Charlotte's US National Whitewater Center:
BTW, Visualize, I had never seen that H. Ranch plan, thx for the link. Thx for the pics Sawtooth.