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Have you ever heard of Riverboarding? NO - not the riverboarding where you float down a river on a big foam sled. Banshee Riverboards along with Colorado Kayak Supply will be demoing and giving lessons on High Speed, Upstream riverboarding. These riverboarders ride small surfboards going upstream on rivers at speed of 30+ mph. Snowboarders, Wakeskaters and Skateboarders can now do all the cool boardsport tricks from their other sports (Big Spins, Shuv-its, Kick Flips, etc.) with this new sport.

Surf the River!!


The public demo will be at the whitewater park in Buena Vista, CO. on Wednesday starting at 5:30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend and wetsuits, helmets and life jackets will be provided.


For more info they can contact Chad Smith at 208 891 8183.
 

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Sweet, this is exactly what our rivers need! I was just thinking that Colorado rivers are way too nice and quiet, pristine and beautiful and thay kayaking on them has been entirely too lonely. It's about time somebody resovled this issue for us.
 

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First Ascent

I am currently training for the first ascent of Supermax on my new riverboard.

I plan to tie off above the top eddy and rocket myself up through the notch with a toegrab flourish.

I'll post the pics.
 

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What I want to know is what creates the upstream velocity? Are you towed behind a car, attach a hi speed winch to a tree upstream or do you stick a rocket up your ass?

Seriously, I want some details. I wish I could see them demo, if for nothing else than the carnage.
 

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Sweet, this is exactly what our rivers need! I was just thinking that Colorado rivers are way too nice and quiet, pristine and beautiful and thay kayaking on them has been entirely too lonely. It's about time somebody resovled this issue for us.
pretty lame comment man. I checked out the Banshee riverboarding thing a couple weeks ago it's actually pretty fun. If you're near BV you should check it out, who knows maybe you'll pick up a hobby and have better things to do than bag on someone trying to encourage a new sport.

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Looks like a bungee cord system. That's a lot of potential energy. Looks cool but dangerous. I wouldn't stand anywhere near that system. My first concern would be what happens if the rider loses control of their board when they are trying to stand up and there is now 200 ft. of stretched bungee cord attached to a 10 lb. board. I imagine it would become a missile. My second concern is what happens if the anchor point or rope or bungee, or etc. fails and the cord comes at the rider or at any spectators? If that hit you in the balls I think you might die.
 

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Saw it at BV. Cool as hell:

Bungee attached to secure object on shore.
Person holds on to bungee and riverboard, which looks like a skimboard.
Person submerges in river and current pulls person downstream.
Bungee stretches
...and stretches
...and stretches
Person stands up on board, gets lift by orienting the board with nose up, tail down.
Bungee rebounds--ziiiing!
Person holds on and carves up the river as the bungee contracts.

It's really cool lookin :)
 

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A clever idea. I took a look at the "101 video."
But very short rides and other much more "exhilarating" ways to enjoy rivers around here might not make Colorado the ideal market for this particular invention.
I would guess flatter regions with deep, relatively fast moving rivers might provide for a few hours of amusement though, or maybe wakeboard enthusiasts without a boat on some Class 2 river stretches will go for it, even in Colorado.

And I admit it may be more fun than it looks. I guess once you got the hang of it, you could repeat the rides pretty quickly, by never letting go of the board.
I suspect the board tends to drag and get slowed down in water a bit if you lose your grip. It probably doesn't sail through the air trying to crack skulls.
I could be wrong, so I would stay downstream just to be safe the first few times I watched someone do this up close. :)

Even with incredible success, I doubt there is any risk that we will have rapids and playparks disturbed by this activity.
Good luck to you. I hope you sell tens of thousands.
-Dan
 

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As somebody that does most of his paddling right here Salida...and as a result gets a little bored sometimes...I am super interested. It looks super cool and a great low water activity when it is hot as hell and you want to get wet. I am going to try it out for sure.
 

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I saw one of these guys down at the BV hole a few weeks ago and I have to admit my first thought was.
Look at this train wreck about to happen, then the guy got up and started carving in the hole end surfing upstream of the hole, and it looked super fun.
 

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I grew up in Boise "boogie boarding" too.

Tied a boogie board with a rope to a bridge and surfed the Boise, even the Ridenbaugh. Did that a bunch when we weren't monkeying on rope swings and jumping off the platform. ;)
 

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this looks like it would be OK in like the Ohio River, or the other big rivers here in pittsburgh, in the spring, with it flowing fast. But i'll stick to rowing on those rivers and paddling on the ones out west...
 

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Looks fun....... for about 20 minutes. a neat idea, but come on, could it really be entertaining for that long? and for $600?

I mean, yeah, if you live in the midwest then heck, it's better than oxycodon. In Colorado there are better ways to spend your time on a river.

And the jumps that guy was going off were lame. It cracked me up.
 

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What I want to know is what creates the upstream velocity? Are you towed behind a car, attach a hi speed winch to a tree upstream or do you stick a rocket up your ass?

Seriously, I want some details. I wish I could see them demo, if for nothing else than the carnage.
You are propelled upstream by a 20 foot specialized bungee cord that uses the river current to stretch it to 200 feet. The kind of water you want for riverboarding is what we call "Fast Glass" - Water that is moving at a good speed but the surface is calm. Video of riverboarding is at Banshee Riverboards and Riverboarding Products - "Surf the River!"
 

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Looks like a bungee cord system. That's a lot of potential energy. Looks cool but dangerous. I wouldn't stand anywhere near that system. My first concern would be what happens if the rider loses control of their board when they are trying to stand up and there is now 200 ft. of stretched bungee cord attached to a 10 lb. board. I imagine it would become a missile. My second concern is what happens if the anchor point or rope or bungee, or etc. fails and the cord comes at the rider or at any spectators? If that hit you in the balls I think you might die.

The riverboard is attatched to the bungee by a release mechanism. When a rider loses control of the board it releases from the bungee and flops in the air. You can see video of this happening on the latest riverboarding video on YOUTUBE. However, you should never stand upstream from a riverboarder and a riverboarder should never launch with someone upstream from them. The bungee is anchored so that it sits in the water. If it breaks away from the attatchment point, the water absorbs the energy.
 

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Looks fun....... for about 20 minutes. a neat idea, but come on, could it really be entertaining for that long? and for $600?

I mean, yeah, if you live in the midwest then heck, it's better than oxycodon. In Colorado there are better ways to spend your time on a river.

And the jumps that guy was going off were lame. It cracked me up.

This sport is still evolving. Riders are just learning to ride and do tricks. If you saw video from 1978 of Snowboarders who hadn't been riding for very long, on their boards that had handles and no bindings, I'm sure you would say that was lame also? The video really doesn't convey the speed at which you are traveling upstream. Ask anyone who has actually ridden and they can tell you what a fast ride it is.
 

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Looks fun....... for about 20 minutes. a neat idea, but come on, could it really be entertaining for that long? and for $600?

I mean, yeah, if you live in the midwest then heck, it's better than oxycodon. In Colorado there are better ways to spend your time on a river.

And the jumps that guy was going off were lame. It cracked me up.
I know it is natural for a bunch of kayakers to respond by dumping on a new sport trying to get some air here. This is a paddling forum after all...but come on...it is rad that someone came up with something new and a new way to have fun on a river. Why criticize? I live right next to two of the best playspots in the Country and I assure you that when it is 98degrees here in Salida and you are tired of left handed cartwheels things like this start to look pretty cool. Will there be anymore demos? Salida maybe?
 

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Hey Mike,

We're putting together weekly demos through CKS, Thursday around 6:30pm @ the BV playpsot if you want to try it out.
I was totally against even trying the riverboarding thing but decided to give it a shot when Menges was fired up about it and while it's not kayaking it's pretty sweet to launch up river insanely fast. Everyone should at least give it a shot before raggin on it, the only reason I'm not clowning on it is because I tried it and had a really fun time even though I could barely stand up.

See ya out there.

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I saw the demo at the CKS fest and it looked fun. Question for the Banshee folks.....Do you ever use riverboards with fins? It seems like the banshee folks I saw were using skim boards and they were having trouble maintaining a straight path once at speed. You should try wakeskates. You can still spin but the 1 inch fins will also keep you tracking straight when you lean back. The increased rocker will allow for spins. Shove-its, and all the other wakeskate tricks would still be available to the riverboarders. Imagine ollies and kickflips off of the ripples in the surface of the river. Maybe you've tried this and they are tough to get up on a plane but it seems like it would be a better option than a skimboard. Or I could be totally wrong....just my 0.02.

Brandon
 
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