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Kauait · · Sandy Utah · Joined Aug 2015 · Points: 0

Does anyone around have the bug to surf? Are there any standing waves in the area? I'm sure there got to be some great ones on the green or Colorado but how about smaller rivers? Weber? Provo? Etc...would be stoked to hear what is out there... cheers..

Joe Garibay · · Ventura, Ca · Joined Apr 2014 · Points: 96

I surf often. Great one in San Diego. Then again we also have the ocean. I'm curious too if there's more. I've never surfed a river. Just go find a fast shallow river and dig one out yourself. I doubt there are many standing rivers that last very long.

Kauait · · Sandy Utah · Joined Aug 2015 · Points: 0

Thx joe. But I was hoping for something in my area (utah) there is one up on the snake . ( i hear) but i have fam, and not much time. Looking for somethIng a bit closer than the coast. And if i did have time to travel there it sure wouldnt be for a standing wave.. But go catch one for me. Aloha!

Joe Garibay · · Ventura, Ca · Joined Apr 2014 · Points: 96
Wave cave

Good luck searching
Petsfed · · Laramie, WY · Joined Mar 2002 · Points: 945

You might be well served asking at your local kayak shop. At the Boise whitewater park, the wave is adjustable so some days it's perfect for folks on boards, others it's perfect for boaters. Obviously this is not a normal scenario.

ClimbHunter · · Nevada City, CA · Joined Nov 2013 · Points: 15

The wave on the alpine section of the Snake near Jackson is legit at certain flows. It also has near-roadside access. Definitely worth a visit and that area is a good place to take a family vacation. This is the closest quality surf wave to SLC that I know of.

There's a really good one called pipeline on the Lochsa if you're ever up that way (Northern Idaho).

There's undoubtedly some surfing somewhere on the Snake River around Twin Falls, but most of the river would be difficult (or impossible) to access easily. In this area the river is generally damn controlled.

There are supposedly some good surf waves (at certain flows) on the Colorado upstream of Moab (aka the "daily" section). This would be a pretty great run for a river SUP.

I checked out the man-made wave on the Jordan River in south SLC once, but it looked kind of junky and the water was icky.

My advice would be to get a river-SUP for the Weber and the Colorado around Moab.

The Gear:30 shop in Ogden carries whitewater gear and one of the staff members (can't remember his name) was pretty knowledgeable on local spots. I've been to the Ogden Play Park at low flows, but I don't think the waves were surfable on a board. I've heard the Riverdale wave (also in Ogden) can also be good if there's enough water. Flows for these features are posted on American Whitewater.

Good luck.

Kauait · · Sandy Utah · Joined Aug 2015 · Points: 0

Thanks... climbhunter.

JakeV · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2016 · Points: 0

For options in Colorado, some near the Utah border, check out endlesswaves.net/waves

Thomas Abney · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2017 · Points: 0

Great post.

Josh C · · Somewhere out West · Joined Nov 2010 · Points: 1,120

 Word on the street is that this is probably the best inland wave

https://vimeo.com/149396475

Notwithstanding (Ha! A pun!), gotta have some sweet connections to surf it, I hear

Joe Garibay · · Ventura, Ca · Joined Apr 2014 · Points: 96

It’s now one of the major stops on the WSL tour. Times are changing. 

Josh C · · Somewhere out West · Joined Nov 2010 · Points: 1,120
Joe Garibay wrote:

It’s now one of the major stops on the WSL tour. Times are changing. 

Serious? Wow, times are changing. That's cool (and I know I sound like an old man here) but who would've thought?

Lance O · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2018 · Points: 0

Im also looking in Utah I am in Heber City all weekend for Reggae Rise Up and want to river every day if possible. Im mobile need to rent a board or sup board to surf on thnx

Josh C · · Somewhere out West · Joined Nov 2010 · Points: 1,120

Heber City and Reggae Rise in the same sentence? My head is still spinning

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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