Surfin’ WV

Trevor Coffman riding into Greyhound

Trevor Coffman riding into Greyhound

It has been a wet few weeks here in the mountains of West Virginia.  After a few days of teasingly light insignificant rain the storms started to come in and the water began to build up. Within the span of four days the New crested right below 12′, the Upper Gauley had 6500 CFS coming out of the dam and all the local creeks ran, some are still dropping into runnable levels.
Jay spinning around on Greyhound

Jay spinning around on Greyhound

The rapid Greyhound Bus Stopper on the Lower New forms are beautiful, fairly friendly wave with easy eddy access. It is best at higher water, 8-11′, but can be surfed all the way down to low summer levels. It also has park and play potencial if you don’t mind hiking a little train track back to the car. We were lucky enough to have this feature in for our first Hometown Throwdown. Check back for a video with more Greyhound rides.
Blunting as the wave breaks

Blunting as the wave breaks

 The following day Jay, Caleb and I got an unusualy early start and headed to the Gauley. While setting shuttle the water dropped on us but we still had a juicy level with 5300 cfs out of the dam and 2200 cfs coming in from the Meadow. There wasn’t much as far as surfin goes. A pretty powerful wavehole at the bottom of Insignificant had good eddy service, apart from that it was mostly catch on the fly stuff.  A good number of rapids flushed out but the ones that didn’t got BIG. There were a few interesting lines, most notably in Pillow Rock and Iron Ring. Apart from those it was a pretty clean day. There weren’t many places to get out so we only got footage of Iron Ring, photos don’t really do it justice.

Jay and Caleb discuss the options

Jay and Caleb discuss the options at Iron Ring

Caleb hanging out in one of the better holes

Caleb hanging out in one of the better holes on the Dries run

After getting off the Gauley we got a call from Shane who was looking for some people to run the New River Dries with. After a quick stop the Rt 60 Exxon for their famed burgers we headed back to Fayetteville. The famous put in waves were almost in but the rest of the run offers equally as good play in my mind. A good sized hole with great eddy service started the run followed by a medium size wave that offered some good passes. There were a handful of other quality features with good eddies. In addition there were many massive catch on the fly waves and lots of  big water rapids. So remember, even if the put in waves aren’t in its worth doing the run. You wont be disappointed.
Shane backloopin

Shane backloopin

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