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Steamboat Springs resident Eugene Buchanan, left, rides a riverboard in Charlie's Hole in downtown Steamboat Springs on Saturday as Josh Copelan tries not to get washed downstream.

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The heart beats fast just standing on a boulder on the shore of the Yampa, riverboard in hand. It feels like a locomotive in the chest after jumping into the chilly waters - board leading the way - and rises to the throat even faster than water fills a wetsuit as body and board turn to head down river.


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