Columbus whitewater express Chattahoochee rafting

It’s possible to enjoy the new whitewater course in Columbus without understanding how it came about. But if the makergeek in you wants to know more, a new doc premiering tonight on the area’s public broadcasting networks is just the thing to wet — er, whet your appetite.

It’s called “Chattahoochee Unplugged,” and it’s a surprisingly technical look at the multimillion-dollar construction of the longest stretch of urban whitewater in the world from producers/directors Rhett Turner and Jonathan Wickham. I was lucky enough to catch a sneak preview last week at the Carmike 15, on account of my wife is important and junk.

So set your VCRs… I mean use your VCR Plus code… I mean, set your Tivo… I mean, go to your favorite torrent site… Oh hell, just watch the damn thing live, how about? It’s an hour long, and it airs at 9 p.m. on both Georgia Public Broadcasting and Alabama Public Broadcasting.

Watch it and you’ll see glorious slo-mo of the old dams getting dynamited (which is apparently a real word, despite sounding suspiciously like Teen Girl Squad etymology). You’ll see a small-scale replica of the ‘Hooch that they built up in Massachusetts to test and polish the engineering of the Wave Shaper and the now infamous Cut Bait rapids. And there’s enough heavy yellow equipment busting stuff up to make those robots from Pacific Rim feel downright impotent.

Learn more about the film on the producers’ website, and see the trailer rightcheer:


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