Watch: Weird Waves // Idaho

Stu Nettle
Swellnet Dispatch

From the Great Lakes, which Dylan Graves surfed in Part 1 of Weird Waves, to the great north-west of the US. Not the north-west coast, but the mountainous north-west of Wyoming and Idaho where spring snow melt from the Rocky Mountains flows down the rivers and various bottom contours give shape to waves like 'Pipeline', an imaginatively-titled standing wave in Idaho.

There's not too many barrels in Idaho, but it hasn't stopped a subculture emerging around the waves. They ride boards more suited to the waves - short, no-nose, parallel rails - and juggle their schedule around the CFS, or Cubic Feet/Second, the rate at which their local river is flowing, the metric that dictates the quality of each wave. The river surfers version of period and direction.


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Tenn commented Monday, 14 Jan 2019 at 4:05pm

The variation of surfing never ceases to amaze me, so many different types of feelings to experience beach breaks reef slabs/points rivers arctic surfing desert to sea perfect conditions not so perfect conditions, so much stoke even on a standing river wave, I love the sensation so hard ARRGGHHH

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chook commented Tuesday, 15 Jan 2019 at 10:45am

where "going over the falls" isn't a metaphor.

fark...5C in a 3/2.

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lost commented Tuesday, 15 Jan 2019 at 12:16pm

Not has cool as the Great Lakes antics but still fun to watch. Would have loved to see how they far they travel and easy (or not) it is to exist the water after a wave. Looks like a serious bit water flow. Host Dylan sure makes everything look good.