When water levels rise above 10,000 cfs on Washington’s Wenatchee River in the spring, big water aficionados can’t resist paying a visit to the roadside gnar. Ben Marr, Nate Klema, and local legend Sam Grafton tested their best eskimo rolls as they navigated the nearly uncontrollable torrent when warm temperatures brought flows to 10,500 cfs a few weeks ago. Tumwater is a challenging beast to tame and making it through these rapids upright is nearly impossible—but that’s part of what makes it so tempting to try!

It’s like running Site Zed on the Stikine River except all of the major rapids are visible from US Highway 2, which makes it possible for paddlers to pick and choose which rapids they wish to attempt.

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