High-five for low water

T.J. Rifkin, 13, high-fives Alex O’Nan, 13, while they body surf in the Lower Smelter Rapids. The flow rate in the Animas River, about 300 cubic feet per second, allowed the boys from Durango to play in rapids that normally might be too swift. Enlarge photo

SHAUN STANLEY/Durango Herald

T.J. Rifkin, 13, high-fives Alex O’Nan, 13, while they body surf in the Lower Smelter Rapids. The flow rate in the Animas River, about 300 cubic feet per second, allowed the boys from Durango to play in rapids that normally might be too swift.