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October 6, 2014 9:59 AM   Subscribe

Where would you say the big US surf towns are? Santa Cruz? Haleiwa? Montauk? Paia? Ocean City?
How about Missoula, Montana. River Surf Session posted by the man of twists and turns (14 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
The river Eisbach in Munich at the bottom end of the Englischer Garten has been set up so that you can do something similar. Huffpo article here. They even held a River Surf forum in the city in August.
posted by biffa at 10:24 AM on October 6, 2014


Wow, I was just in missoula a few months ago and had no idea! This really is pretty cool.

One question: Can you do it for more than a single brief stretch of water where the conditions are absolutely perfect?
posted by rebent at 10:45 AM on October 6, 2014 [1 favorite]


Houston's in the running as well, as introduced in a fun movie, Step Into Liquid
posted by Killick at 10:48 AM on October 6, 2014


Missoula has only one wave to surf.
posted by ITravelMontana at 10:59 AM on October 6, 2014


Funny re: where it appears on the home page, Missoula is David Lynch's birthplace.
posted by zbsachs at 11:06 AM on October 6, 2014


That section of river used to be a low-head diversion weir for irrigation built in the early 1900's. It had deteriorated to a tangled mess of concrete boulders and jagged rebar. In 2006 they took out all the hazards and replaced it with a surf park for kayaks, which later evolved into sharing with surfboards.
posted by JackFlash at 11:13 AM on October 6, 2014 [1 favorite]


A surprising surf mecca is Hood River, Oregon. Wind Surfers love the place, because the current flows west and the prevailing wind blows east, so the water is choppy and you can go back and forth across the river all day and then get off right where you got on.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 11:55 AM on October 6, 2014


Surf City
posted by Mental Wimp at 2:13 PM on October 6, 2014


As someone who has seen Mavericks at its best, all I can say is...
no.
posted by markkraft at 4:06 PM on October 6, 2014 [2 favorites]


Missoula, Montana is like surfing the wee kiddy pool in Japan, except in Japan, they'll juggle for you at the same time.
posted by markkraft at 4:09 PM on October 6, 2014


As someone who has seen Mavericks at its best, all I can say is...
no.


You're right. If you can't surf giant, technical waves, you should never have any fun ever.
posted by ikahime at 5:21 PM on October 6, 2014 [1 favorite]


My home town! Thanks for sharing.
posted by purenitrous at 8:38 PM on October 6, 2014


Eugene, Oregon
posted by neuron at 9:08 PM on October 6, 2014


"As someone who has seen Mavericks at its best, all I can say is...
no."

As someone who has caught 24 inch rainbow trout within sight of the Missoula surfers, all I can say about fly fishing Mavericks is . . . no.
posted by ITravelMontana at 10:53 PM on October 6, 2014 [3 favorites]


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