Why the rage?
Yuki, I am hung over too. Dont take it out on the new racers.
Rich, you gott sniff around and yah you prob have to travel. Masters would be an experience for you but you have to go with few expectations of success other than finishing and staying healthy.
Beer league would be your best bet for miles in the gates, good timing and data recording, competition and fun.
You can call the race dept at your fav resort and see if you can get a private lesson with a local jock. Prob a little more $$ but they would be dialed into the local race scene and prob could get you some access to gates. Bring your vid cam and they will prob shoot you a bit. You gotta ask. For if you hunt and wave enough cabbage, you can prob find what you are looking for.