i agree my big question is where's the pfd. I think everyone on the river should have a pfd. even if it is a class I float.He says "You fall you feel like your going to drown every time but somehow you don't" Sounds like someone inside his head is trying to get him to put a PFD and helmet on.
Because he's very fit, a good swimmer, and has a surfboard to get onto and paddle to shore.He says "You fall you feel like your going to drown every time but somehow you don't"
Not to mention the added flotation one gets from salt water and the loss of flotation one gets from airated river water. These two aspects make a huge difference.Surfing the river is very cool. Like others, I feel a pfd and helmet are needed. In the ocean the pfd is not needed since you have your board and the currents are not as strong as a river rapid. On a river, the surfers also do not need to duck under incoming waves so a pfd would not be a hindrance. I just hope we do not see Cali style localism moving onto our rivers.
I personally don't want to see it get any bigger than it is today, especially at this site. Could get ugly. As long as it remains a rather small sampling- one to two surfers- that's how many I saw (when I was at Lunch Counter on Alpine Canyon on the Snake on Saturday) this past week- I think it would be manageable. There was one lone kayaker alternating times on the wave with the other two and they seemed to know each other well enough, and were having fun reminding each other that "time was up". Good thing, you could stay in forever if that's what you wanted to do. But throw in too many more surfers and depending upon the attitudes and the players involved and things could get out of hand. The safety issue point is well taken, and a light vest would be advisable (and maybe a helmet) but I guess you really do need to see this section of river to know how this big of water just doesn't have the reputation of drowning anyone- usually. I spent about 2 hours having lunch at this site (been there about 50-60 time in the past 25 years) and quite blowing my whistle after about the 10th swimmer. It's pretty much handled as a non-event and both rafters and kayakers help out with all the swimmers. The pool below is enormous and swimming right or left (generally) gets you to shore quickly. It's run in bucket boats, Perception Torrents, mini (fishing) cat boats, boogie boards, life vests, plastic dinosaurs, and IKs of every description. The surfers who dropped off the wave usually just found their board immediatly and headed for the strong up stream eddies on the sides. Weird though seeing people with only a few pounds of flotation on the river.