Surfing on a River – 411 on This!

If you got your television service through or any other vendor that can get you all those ESPN channels, then you probably heard of the Surf Channel. And if you have spent some time there, you might have heard of something called “river surfing.”

For those of you who have kept up with my blog, what I’m about to talk about is nothing new. Consider this a holiday and I’ll be sure to update soon with a fresher topic. Those of you still sticking around, prepare to be amazed.

When you think of surfing, you probably think of what everyone else is thinking – huge waves, sandy beaches and the inevitable wipeout. River surfing – while sounding a bit underwhelming – actually shifts the dynamic and the activity into a completely new and exciting activity.

It all has to do with a water formation known as a “standing wave” which is quite common in most active rivers. Landing this standing wave, the surfer can experience the rush and the feel of momentum without actually moving or riding the eventual crash.

It also requires a tremendous amount of poise and balance to master a standing wave. Sure, it’s not as glamorous as “real” surfing but if the rush is what you crave, you’ll certainly find your fix on the river.

July 3rd, 2013

River Surfing: Fun For All Ages

A new activity that has really gained a lot of attention is river surfing. It’s an activity that is fun for all ages, and in many locations, it’s actually a sport. Put simply, river surfing involves surfing both tidal bores and standing waves that are found in rivers. Although river surfing has been around since 1955, only recently has it become extremely popular. It all began in 1955.

A man rode a total of 1.5 miles along a tidal bore, which was in the River Severn. People have actually been river surfing on standing waves since the 1970s. The main locations where river surfing takes place are Germany and Munich, which offer the largest urban surfing spots in existence.

River Surfing Standing Waves

This form of river surfing involves a wave that is stationary on a river. In most cases, the stationary wave is caused by a large amount of water that has been constricted by passing over a rock that creates a wave behind it. Many people consider it to be a form of hydraulic jump.

When surfing a stationary wave in a river, a surfer can face up-stream, and he or she can catch the wave. By catching the wave, the surfer will experience the feeling of moving quickly over water while not really moving anywhere.

May 16th, 2013

How To Chose The Right Board For You

River surfing is gaining popularity throughout the United States. While the sport may look difficult to the average person, with a little practice, it can be mastered in no time.

River surfing is similar to ocean surfing. Different boards are manufactured from different materials and for different reasons. When river surfing, you can expect some sort of board damage in the future because of general river debris, rocks and tree roots. This damage will likely occur in the first few months Read the rest of this entry »

March 26th, 2013

How To Find River Surfing Spots Online

There are plenty of excellent places to find river surfing spots without ever having to leave the comforts of home. Taking your search to the Internet is the best way to find exactly what you are seeking. Simply browse through as many travel websites as possible, and you should find many fantastic nearby surfing spots. Just make sure that the website provides current information about each travel destination. Nothing is worse than finding out that your Read the rest of this entry »

August 2nd, 2012

Best Places In America To River Surf

River surfing is even more fun when you’re in a great location to do it. In the United States, Jackson Hole in Wyoming is an extremely popular area for river surfing, particularly a site called the “the Lunch Counter” which has been a top river surfing spot for years. River surfers also love the Arkansas River site in Pueblo, Colorado for amazing river surfing. Head to the Kawarau River in New Zealand, where there is even a commercial river surfing business Read the rest of this entry »

August 1st, 2012

Teaching Your Kids To River Surf

River surfing is an exciting sport in which you surf standing waves and tides in rivers. It is extremely popular worldwide, and particularly in such areas as New Zealand, North America, and Europe. The most famous location for river surfing in the United States is undoubtedly Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where there are specific waves in rivers that are considered excellent for river surfing and are widely known within the river surfing community.

River surfing can be done very safely, Read the rest of this entry »

July 31st, 2012

The Latest In River Surfing Gear

River surfing has become a competitive sport amongst avid surfers. Slipping on the wetsuit and sliding into that cold icy river to tackle the white rapids takes knowledge of the rapids and a great amount of stamina. Some of the favorite locations to river surf in the United States and abroad are places such as the Kelani River, The Dewey Lakes Trail in Juneau Alaska, the rivers in Pennsylvania, The Colorado River, and Rivers in the UK. Most of these rivers offer different levels of excitement and skill.

Riding on the Read the rest of this entry »

July 28th, 2012

River Surfing Tips From The Pros

The sport of surfing is best known for its escape from reality. A place to relieve any stresses. As surprising as it may sound, surfing is not only meant for the salty waters of the ocean. It can also be done in wave filled rivers.

Besides the fact that river surfing is done in a river and not the ocean, how do the two differ? River surfing is achieved on a stationary wave. A stationary wave is created by fast moving water going over a drop in the river bottom. The water flows over this drop and back up Read the rest of this entry »

July 27th, 2012


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