No more Anvils in the US. Just like their whitewater line, it's not available in the US. Ripboards are a nice board for recreational III swimming, but not for the big game. They're not quite shaped right. Think sit-on-top balance vs. kayak. Rocky Mountain Riverboards used to make a nice product, but there's not much for options in the US. Making your own is doable, I've made them before. However they will cost more that $100 bucks Electric-Mayhem. If you do a shi*t job or don't know what you're doing you could die. Really, a Carlson is fine for most people.
"The Dude" running facelevel is Josh Galt. He is the reason the Anvil exists, and has swam more whitewater than any boarder out there. However, the website is past date and doesn't work. We are kind of in a holding pattern for the next step, no one in the states makes hydrospeeds or specific suits. Don't be fooled, ripboards suits are NOT PADDED or river-board specific. You need full leg armor and lots of aquaseal. Of course, the French (Hydrospeed - VADE RETRO
) are the only ones making real gear. You can even buy the one that was used to swim the entire Amazon from start to finish. Also, buy fins. In the US we use short fins, the Euros use dive fins.
The Kiwis running a water fall (V) actually makes a good point. If you strap a custy to a foam plate and huck them down a drop, is it class V?