Turns out there are lots of surfers in Colorado. The Colorado River Surfing scene is alive and well each spring. Find out what it takes to be a river surfer in Colorado :
The Big Sur River surfing wave spot is a very unique and fickle spot that materializes once or twice a decade depending upon many factors during the course of a big Colorado spring snowmelt season.
Colorado River Surfing Big Sur
It can be a perfect chest to head high river wave, but has many dangerous variables which make it the wave it is. This can include large floating flood debris, a deadly dam about a half mile down stream, poison oak on the river bank, and a couple hundred dollar fine for walking back up the train trestles to get back to the line up if you get caught.
River Surfing Boards
A thicker and shorter surfboard is ideal for the best maneuverability and float to keep you inside the wave once you have paddled backwards into the lip from upstream.
This one of a kind Wave is an experience for any skilled surfer who wants the Ultimate Ride in the middle of the Rocky Mountains.
For more info on updated Colorado river flows, please visit the USGS at : http://waterdata.usgs.gov/co/nwis/current/?type=flow
More Beta Below: from Colorado Local Justin McCarty
CAMEO, CO – As any dedicated board-rider knows, when the conditions turn epic, you must drop every little responsibility of obligation and take advantage of what the great Mother Earth can provide. This was the case yesterday as word had gotten out that Big Sur, Colorado was ready and firing and now a never ending standing wave was flowing for all the river rats out there.
A wave that would host thousands of people on a little break in Florida gave a handful of surfers and boaters all day to play on this wave that never has a set break. And although this wave stands day and night, you must have the perfect combination of weather happen the last few seasons to enjoy this never-ending ride.
Colorado River Surfing Video
Near-record snowfall lasting through spring and a solid warm up as summer sprung has allowed a massive run-off of at least 20K CFS, plus the opening of a dam about one mile down river of the old sunken bridge where the wave stands allows the river to rage and make way for multiple standing waves to play all day.