River surfing is not a crime. It’s a fun alternative to ocean waves and an excellent option for inland surfers who live hundreds or thousands of miles away from the classic surfing waves. But beware. River surfing can be dangerous. These static, endless waves usually break in shallow waters, and over rocky bottoms, so take care before trying it. Always wear a helmet and a personal flotation device (PFD), and never embark on a solo session. You also need to make sure someone is watching your back in case of a miscalculated wipeout.
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The best river surfing waves in the world
Learn how to avoid obliteration in the waves. Master the duck diving technique, and get out-the-back faster and effortlessly. When the waves are small is relatively easy getting outside. All you need is to get the nose of your surfboard over the crumbling wave. But when the surf gets rough, you must know how to survive the impact zone. Duck diving is the most efficient way of not getting pummeled and pushed back by a crashing wave.
How to duck dive
Welcome to Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch. Get ready to embark on a highly technical and scientific ride across the magnificent world of man-made waves. The concept of the perfect wave has always been in the mind of the most successful pro surfer of all time. “I’ve been dreaming about this wave my whole life,” Slater once admitted. Could a human shape and mimic an ocean wave? How many variables should we consider to control the movement of a wave? Can waves be sculpted? How would you define a perfectly rideable wave?
Andrew Cotton suffered a serious back injury at Nazaré’s Praia do Norte, in Portugal. Local surfers believe Nazaré fired some of the biggest waves of the decade, as side-shore winds and a powerful NW swell channeled energy into Praia do Norte’s underwater canyon. Waves in the 35-foot range worked like a magnet, and the lineup was quickly invaded by big wave surfers and their support teams.
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Andrew Cotton breaks back at Nazaré
The family of Eddie Aikau confirmed that the event in memory of the legendary surfer and lifeguard will run even without a major sponsor. “The Eddie: In Memory of Eddie Aikau” is the new name chosen for the big wave surfing contest held annually at Waimea Bay, on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. The Eddie Aikau Foundation announced the new era during the debut of the event’s official poster. And, for the first time in three decades, the contest will not be sponsored by Quiksilver because an agreement was not reached.
"The Eddie": Aikau’s family renames the event