“No Ocean? No Waves? Don’t get mad; get EVEN!” says river surfing enthusiasts, Even Surf Company. River surfing can be a great way for the inland crowd to score some surf regardless of swell or black-balled beaches. One man in Boise, Idaho, has started a business dedicated to a new action sport — bungee river surfing.
Robert Geier has been river surfing since he was a teenager, and has figured a way to shoot upstream at about 30 miles per hour. His riverboards, much like a skimboard, are propelled upstream by a bungee system — a 20 foot section of rubber tubing that is stretched out and then propels the rider upstream. One end of the bungee system is anchored to any stationary, solid object along the side of the river — rocks, trees, bushes, whatever makes a good anchor.
Robert Geier made a breakthrough for the sport using silicon rubber tubing. Under pressure from the rushing river to stretch back as much as possible, bungee river surfers are able to gain speed comparable to a pull from a jet ski. Once riding upstream, you can carve turns and do all kinds of board tricks, big spins, ollies, shuv-it’s, kick flips… you name it.
Patents have allowed Geier to sell river surfing equipment around the world, gaining in popularity. His river surfing business, Even Surf Company, lives by a motto that encourages clients to “surf the world… rivers are everywhere!”
Sadly, bungee surfing is still illegal in the state of Idaho due to hazard, so beware of state authorities… They may not know exactly what you are doing, but if it looks extreme, you’ll probably have to fight for the right to play.
For more information, visit www.evensurf.com.