Watch: Weird Waves // Bend, Oregon

Stu Nettle
Swellnet Dispatch

In the third instalment of Weird Waves, Dylan Graves travels from Pipeline, Idaho, to surf with the King of Pipeline.

Bend's second most famous resident - behind Charles Webster Baer of course - is Gerry Lopez, who along with his son Alex shape river boards for the whitewater park on the river.

I can appreciate Gerry's move from Hawaii to the mountains to go snowboarding, but the river 'wave', no matter how they dress it up, seems a pitiful facsimile of the real thing so it's hard to understand his devotion to it. All of which has me wondering: if this was the only surfing I could do, would I even bother? Probably not..

But I guess the fact that people do is fascinating and makes the 'Weird Wave' series one to follow.


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indo-dreaming commented Monday, 21 Jan 2019 at 8:12pm

If you lived here, i think its something you would do as a grommet for a few months to a year and then move on to something else....even riding it once i think id be over it in a hour or less.

For further reference and common sense.

General Social issues: Rita Panahi & Lauren Southern
Indigenous issues: Jacinta Price and Anthony Dillion
Gender: Debra Soh.
Islam: Armin Navabi & Brigitte Gabriel
Population: Dick Smith

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t-diddy commented Monday, 21 Jan 2019 at 11:42pm

Yea, totally agree. Like having half a beer.

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freeride76 commented Monday, 21 Jan 2019 at 8:17pm

that was my favourite one.

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Hoodie commented Monday, 21 Jan 2019 at 8:20pm

Wow, Gerry Lopez is such a cool guy. Always has been. Always will be. So humble.

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GuySmiley commented Monday, 21 Jan 2019 at 8:46pm

Agree, a true legend

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lost commented Tuesday, 22 Jan 2019 at 8:29am

Only Gerry could make that wave look good and he did. Would love to see him snowboarding given he seems to have devoted a fair chunk of his life to that as well.


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nextswell commented Tuesday, 22 Jan 2019 at 9:25am

Agree an absolute legend. You seen Sprout Lost? About 10 yrs old now but has a whole section on his life in Bend Oregon. Snowboards well for a bloke his age too.Shapes Rasta and one of the malloys replica 70s singles. Worth a view.

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lost commented Wednesday, 23 Jan 2019 at 5:52am

No but thanks - will hunt it down. Cheers


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epictard commented Tuesday, 22 Jan 2019 at 1:29pm

They need to take the super-frother from the first episode with them everywhere. He would have been so excited and livened it up a bit.

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wax-on-danielson commented Tuesday, 22 Jan 2019 at 1:45pm

I always assumed Gerry moved to Oregon cause he found a wave that pumped like Pipe with no crowd

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truebluebasher commented Tuesday, 22 Jan 2019 at 7:01pm

River Recreation Specialist aka The Wave Shaper!

I agree with all that Gerry stuff.

Fair to ask how many earth-like planets were mined for Bend Riverboard Quiver?
I don't ever recall the need for a new board each twiddle of a dial...
Them there Riverboarderz have gone right up round the Bend.

(Good series Stu! Thanx Swellnet)
Here's a different spin on dial-up river waves...

Oz Penrith Whitewater Stadium. (Canoe Surfing)

Waveloch plans for Rotterdam Canal are also similar.

All flow from Mad King Ludwig's Venus Wave'Grotto.

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velocityjohnno commented Tuesday, 22 Jan 2019 at 7:25pm

Really enjoyed that one, everyone sharing and seemingly stoked. Imagine wave parks like that in any town with a decent river, or decent snow runoff. For the techies being able to manipulate the water flow and wave quality too, wow.
Gerry seems to be in a good place, he's expanded surfing in so many ways.

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Walk around G commented Tuesday, 22 Jan 2019 at 9:25pm

Standing waves.....meh, you can have it. Maybe put a few of these in Melbourne for the hypocrypto hipsters, it might keep a few out of the way down here. Tick tackin while looking at your feet is where it's at hipsters.

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truebluebasher commented Wednesday, 23 Jan 2019 at 1:32am

velocityjohnno hold that thought!
I know what your all thinking...Imagine if you could actually surf a river back to health.

U.S. Nuke Plant is 5 x more water efficient than Kelly's Surf Ranch.
Also every wave pool has been drained & refilled several times mid drought.
Surfers guzzle most fuel polluting far off marine parks,dumping 30% fuel on tow-ins.
Now resource guzzling Wavepools are branding all surfers as #1 eco terrorists.

Oddly Wavepools do less damage to River/Estuary than a recreational riverdance.
Mostly because each mode depletes the environment...Choice of lesser of two evils!
I'll introduce a transitional article that compares the bratz... re: (Bend v Pool).

The future of River Surfing flows with free power/ free water/ low maintenance
But surfers still erode river banks & lakes! What if surfing revived our waterways?

Now government /Council would pay Riversurf Rangers to repair Environment.
That's right! Surfers as eco heroes rather than eco vandals. Bullshit! What a Joke!

Exhibit one! Use the force to escape the dark side to see what good comes from bad...
Latest Surf Toy is more marine debris or a prototype Surf Ranger's - Lake Aerator ?

Dams cut off flows and Weirs/Sand pumping erodes river banks & destroys our surf.
Surfers! Your mission is to surf our mountain riverbend estuary back to health.
Huey approved Surf for the Dole gives our Rivers/Surfers a new lease on Life.

Eco dream can come true! The future is here.

Or keep playing with toys..(German Shopping Mall 2018)

Back to the future! (German Shopping Mall 1929)See: [Time Traveller Mall Guy 1:08] (2018 Dude in 6 pack Metro Mankini >>1929) Wrong wavepool Romeo! "Scheissen!"

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truebluebasher commented Wednesday, 23 Jan 2019 at 1:58am

Twist in the tail...
Basherz crash 2018 to reclaim Wave Mall... Skegz Strikeback (Locals only! Derby).
See: [Timelords Wavepool Wars]

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