Diagonalizing the Drop to Avoid the Hole, Last drop of Hydro, Scott Strausbaugh, Watauga Gorge (NC-TN).  Copyright Chris Bell.

       
 

Title:

Diagonalizing the Drop to Avoid the Hole

 
 

Location:

Last drop of Hydro, Watauga Gorge (NC-TN)

 
 

Subject(s):

Scott Strausbaugh

 
 

Photographer(s):

Chris Bell

 
 

Camera:

Pentax 95WR

 
 

Date:

04/00/1994

 
 

Categories:

NC Rivers & Creeks
River Running

 
 

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Notes:

Hydro's final drop ends in a river-wide hole with a strong downstream eddy feeding back into it.  A common strategy when running drops like this is to diagonalize them, that is, to charge diagonally over either their river-left or river-right sides.  It is generally a good idea to throw a boof into the mix as well!  Hydro's final drop is most frequently run on the left; in this image Scott has chosen to run it on the right.  Scott is the 1992 Olympic C-2 Slalom Gold Medalist (with Joe Jacobi).

 
 

Copyright notice:

Copyright Chris Bell.  Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited by law.  For permission to reproduce, contact Chris Bell.