Originally Posted by EHowKayak
Hi there, I have a Pyranha Varun and am very comfortable river running in it up to class 3+ and I want to become better at surfing. As of now I occasionally surf small catch on the fly waves. What is the best type of wave to learn how to surf really well and learn some easier tricks? Thanks!
Go to the South Fork of the American River and play on Barking Dog. You can even park and play by going to Camp Lotus. To get back to Camp Lotus once at Barking Dog, you can walk through the little island up stream, and paddle up the shore line until you can ferry across.
Later, as you get better, you can go to Chili Bar, and work 1st Threat. While it's technically a hole, it behaves like a wave except on the river left side of it. There is a lot more power on 1st threat, and it is more retentive. There is no easy access there, you have to run from Chili bar to there, and paddle down to Coloma to leave.