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How River Surfing Can Improve A Community


Standup Paddle Movie Can I Surf That” is a stand up paddle movie that follows four women as they search for river waves and whitewater, meeting a colorful cast of characters along the way.

We hear, “What is river surfing?” all the time. Hence, we are hoping that this stand up paddle movie inspires people to get out and try river surfing. There are waves everywhere and all people have to do is go out and look for them. Every river has the potential to have a great surf wave. All we have to do is get out there.

As the sport grows, cities are starting to realize what a “good wave” in their community can bring. Building a whitewater park in any town immediately provides a way for people to enjoy the outdoors, and surf right in their backyards. The rocks in the river are reshaped to form a wave feature with easy access from an eddy. As you will see in this stand up paddle movie, cities like Glenwood Springs, Colorado have built whole communities who share a love for the river. The whole family can enjoy the river together- kids on boogie boards and parents out on surf boards or stand up paddle boards.

Many of these rivers and surf features shown in “Can I Surf That” had only been frequented by kayakers and rafters. This stand up paddle movie highlights the evolution of river surfing. Smaller, shorter stand up paddleboards designed for river surfing have opened up the possibility of trying to surf anywhere. River banks and eddies have replaced the ocean line ups. The only swell that we have to wait for is the spring flow to flood the river banks and create the large waves that can be seen in the movie. From our backyards in Colorado, to British Columbia in Canada, we searched out the best waves we could find.

This stand up paddle movie combines compelling stories to create a shared experience that unites all river surfers. “Can I Surf That” shows how these communities of surfers all have the river in their blood. We all share the wave, waiting on the rocks for our chance to surf these incredible features.

River surfing allows you to be in the moment, moving with the water, completely focused. Nothing else is in your mind. You aren’t thinking about groceries or laundry- just the wave. It draws you in and leaves you wanting another ride, wanting to come back for more. When you meet other river surfers, you know they share your addiction, and instantly, you have a family. Learn more about Can I Surf That and river waves at www.canisurfthat.com.

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