Contrary to popular belief, surfing isn't limited to the ocean. It's impossible to say which type of surfing is 'best' or 'better' than other types because there isn't an answer that applies to every surfer; it comes down to personal preference. If you're up for adventure and a little risk-taking, try them all and discover which you like best.
River surfing is the art of surfing standing waves or tidal bores. The origin is relatively unknown, but it's believed that Jack Churchill made the discovery by surfing 1.5 miles down the River Severn in 1955. This claim remains unproven however, since river surfing wasn't documented until the 1970s.
Standing waves are stationary waves found behind large river rocks. The surfer faces up-stream and catches the wave. They'll have the feeling of traveling very quickly, but they won't actually be moving. In some parts of the world, annual competitions are held to find the best stationary wave surfer.
- Tidal Bores
Tidal bores occur in few locations around the world. These waves usually occur in places with large tidal ranges and where incoming tides are funneled into a narrow river through a broad bay. Large bores are dangerous for boats, but provide ample opportunity for river surfing.