Go surfing...in a river

10.Surfing was born over 3,000 years ago in Western Polynesia and since then the world has fallen in love. However, those landlocked folks who don’t have access to the big waves of the ocean were long in need of a way to satisfy their need to catch a wave. Legend has it that in 1955, some surfers rode the tidal bore in the River Severn as it wound its way through Wales. Then in the 1970’s in Munich some die-hard nutjobs hopped in the Eisbach River on a couple of planks and river surfing on a standing wave (a wave that is continually in the breaking stage at one spot in a river) was born. The way it works is that a lot of water (a river) flows over a rock and is slowed down beneath the water but the top continues to flow. This causes a wave the same basic way a wave breaks at a beach. All physics aside, river surfing is amazing because there’s no need to paddle out for the “next wave”. These waves last until the river is frozen – or until the flow is somehow restricted upstream. Riverbreak magazine is dedicated to river surfing and at the link below you’ll find their “spots” both in the USA and abroad: RIVER SURFING SPOT DIRECTORY

Brandon Wood

Born and raised in the great state of Virginia, Brandon is a former opera singer (true story) who’s had the outdoors flowing through his veins since day one. Brandon now lives in Colorado with his daughter Sydney (AKA, Baby Gearist).

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