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posted Sep 16, 2018, 9:24 PM by River Surfer Magazine

Surf the Wild West Montana

posted Apr 5, 2018, 10:56 AM by River Surfer Magazine   [ updated Apr 11, 2018, 10:24 AM ]

Memorial Weekend Surf Jam 2018 Calling all world wide wave hunters & river surf rats  . 
Montana is a incredible river surf destination and the swollen Yellowstone river gets  massive. We  highly recommend heading into the wild west this May 2018 to Memorial Weekend Surf Jam, high tide. Fireman by trade wave hunter ,surfer by soul Mr Gregory Roper is the host of the river surf jam  May 25, 26 on the Springdale wave and other Yellowstone river waves . With a great snow pack in Montana  this year . When Gregory contacted us about promoting his event , we decided to contact the host .

RSM: Aloha Gregory Roper hope all is going good .

RSM:   Gregory when was the first time you went river surfing   & what type of board to you prefer . 
 GR : The first time I tried surfing in the river was 1994 at Scutters Falls on the Delaware river, I went kayaking with some buddies,
as we were playing the thought occurred to try it with a surfboard.
I started surfing around 87. I moved to South Carolina, met my wife who was originally from Montana and she eventually
 wanted to move back. We moved to Billings in which the Yellowstone River runs through it.
One while fishing in 09 I found a standing wave and started surfing it when it was in.

 In 2010 we had major flooding with super high flows that eroded the bank and moved the boulders that formed the wave.
I was bummed that my chances of surfing were gone.

 In 2011 I took a surf trip to Ecuador and felt home sick when I returned.
 Surfing has been a major part of my life since I was 14 and being landlocked really sucked.
 Well sure enough during high water I scoured and scouted out the river for something to surf.

I came across a video of lunch counter in Wyoming found out it was 6 hours away and what flows it was in.

So that June I took a trip, struggled at learning the wave but eventually got it. So that was my big thing watching the flows and heading to Lunch counter.
Still it was not enough. .
RSM:Can you give us a brief history on Montana’s river surfing scene , the past till now . 
GR: The kayak community is small here, and every time I met a kayaker I would pick their brain, but they would not share info. My wife and I took a road trip to the Washington coast and stopped in at Strongwater.
I met Luke and KB and was stoked to find out that I was not the only guy in Montana that surfed and I walked out with one of their boards. I purchased a board with the thought of using it in the ocean and maybe the river. I told him the issues I found by using an ocean board in the river he stated the board I purchased would make it easier.

RSM: The waves on the Yellowstone river look incredible ,can you tell us a little about the river waves . 
GR: Fast forward in July of 14 I was driving down the frontage road and something caught my eye. It was a wave train that could only be seen from 1 spot so I had to stop and check it out. I was absolutely amazed at this perfectly place wave. I rushed home and grabbed my board and raced back.
It was just fucking amazing ...I can't describe the joy it brought.

After a few days the flow dropped and it was gone. I thought about that wave every day, it haunted me I was obsessed. I drove back many times and there was no sign of it existence. Then one day about the middle of January We had a warm sunny day so I took a little drive. I decided to stop and just look at the river and to my surprise there was a wave. The joy just took over me. I started jumping up and down with excitement it was the same as the first video released as Slater seeing his first man made secret wave. I surfed a lot the next month or so. I met some kayaker and told them of my find and they gave me the yeah whatever. Needless to say I had the spot to myself until the flows rose and it disappeared. One day I went back and another wave was in only only bigger greener and a lot more fun. Since then I have introduced a bunch of people to this wave and river surfing. I named it the G-spot, mostly because of a discussion I was having with some kayakers mainly the ones who brushed me off. These guys love this wave I discovered. We have become friends and they started sharing wave spots.

So far I have found 13 waves on the Yellowstone. Some that were told to me and others I have found.

RSM: That wave sounds awesome , Gregory  thanks for sharing your waves and insight ,Is your event a contest  or just a surf jam .

GR: The Surf Jam is not a competition it's a time for like minded River Surf Rats to come and play on a superb wave while making new friends. I have traveled all around the surrounding states and surfed many waves and met fantastic people. I just want to share this little gem.

RSM :The Yellowstone river is massive are  you allowed to use motor craft ,jet skis .

GR: One of my favorite waves is in Springdale Montana called the Springdale wave. It is I have a jet ski in which I use for wave access and searching for new waves. You are allowed boats and jet skis on the Yellowstone from Livingston and east. The only motorized boats are jet boats. I have spent many hours floating to an from waves in a 14 self bailing raft. The jet ski makes it quicker but limited on friends that can join. the wave flows around  13,000cfs to above 30,000. It's similar to Glenwood but only bigger. That is one of the reasons for the Surf Jam.

RSM:What can one expect making the trip to the surf jam this year 2018 and what types of boards & wetsuits would you recommend . 

GR: Early season  you should use a 4/3 wetsuit and about Memorial Day you can start to move towards a 3/2.

 I have surfed many types of boards and I love my 5'0 Runt the most on real river waves. I have 11 boards of different shapes sizes and materials.
I'm not a board snob but I must admit The Runt is a superior wave riding board but it's tough to surf park waves such as RRP and Boise.
RSM: Gregory  thank you for your time and pure stoke for wave hunting anything else you would like to add .
GR: Hopefully I answered some of your questions and not bore you but I'm stoked, addicted, obsessed and excited about river surfing.

I love exposing people to this lifestyle and I have met some great people. I'm excited to see what the future brings.
RSM: We do  too Gregory, thank you for sharing yours and wish you a Happy High tide and a stoking event this year and every year forward  peace waves respect
 surf bardda !
River Surfer Magazine 2018 , All photos courtesy of Gregory Roper .
More info on the Surf Jam click link ,visit facebook .
"Come Join us on the Yellowstone River surfing one of Montana's supreme river surfing locations. We will be surfing all day, and camping on the Yellowstone River at Greybear campground located 8 miles from the Springdale wave.
If camping is not your thing there is a Super 8 located 13 miles away in Big Timber Montana.
The Surf Jam is all about celebrating River surfing and the small, but ever growing, River Surf community. Come make new friends who share the love of the river and the waves it offers us. Yellowstone River offers up to 9 different waves within 20 miles of the little town of Springdale. The Springdale wave is surf able at 12,000 cfs on the Livingston gauge and only gets better with more flow, 30,000cfs. All other waves are flow dependent up to 10,000 cfs.
We are looking forward to seeing you. "
Gregory Roper ,Wave hunter , Surf Host ,Yellowstone River Surf Crew member .

Fear & Frothing in New Mexico

posted Mar 19, 2018, 11:47 AM by River Surfer Magazine

The Rio Grande has waves 

Dirt,Soul,Surf , Love ,A moment with April Zastrow

posted Oct 10, 2016, 6:20 PM by River Surfer Magazine   [ updated Oct 11, 2016, 7:39 PM ]

#11 ....A moment with April Zastrow ,a Idaho professional ,artist ,designer,model,dirt surfer  guru & surfer . 
Nacho Clown :Aloha ,April  hope all is surfing or jumping some horse power ...was wondering river surfing safety ...the PFD thing in rivers ,you folks don't have to wear one in Idaho waves ? And your in the motorcycle industry lots of rocks ? What about a wet suit that is a PFD & has padding as the flotation of a PFD ? for river surfing & protection from Rock bangs ?& Leashes if worn should be of coiled bungee waist belt Velcro relase not ankle .Whats your opinion. ? Thanks keep surfing ." Nacho Clown
April: No we do not have to wear PFD. Our way is pretty safe considering that we are in a river. We do not have to worry about rocks. In the spring when they open the river to higher CFS there is a lot of debris that comes down that built up from the winter. You have to make sure to look up stream for large logs coming down. In winter you have to look for ice sheets. In spring the water seems the most dangerous to me with higher CFS and debris. They actually advised people not to be in the water and if we had to be rescued it would be the victims bill to pay.
RSM : Have you ever tried a belt leash hook up .
April :I haven't tried the belt leash hook, but I think something needs to be done with an ankle leash or leashes to make it safer for river surfing . 
RSM:How are the waves that way  Idaho.
April: We  are surfing it at 3000cfs and right now it is about 850cfs (normal summer flow). Winter we surf as low as about 250cfs (not a good wave though). The better surfers go without a leash up to about 1200cfs. I would feel better about a safer leash option. I personally am thinking about replacing the Velcro around my foot with an elastic band. One guy uses zip ties to attach his leash to his board and sometimes that breaks with normal use. I had to rescue his board down the river one time. When I went to the bend wave it was way more dangerous than ours. I have heard many stories of sketchy moments there. A few days after I surfed it, their wave became not operable and they plan to fix more problems again this winter...

"Yes I work in the dirt bike/motorcycle industry and we focus a lot on safety. I always wear a helmet on a bike."
April Zastrow
RSM: What size board do you perfer in the river ?
I surf boards that are about 5' X 19.5" 2.
RSM : How long have you been surfing in rivers ? & do you ocean surf ? How is it different in your words As well ?
 April: This is my third year river surfing. I ocean surf as much as I can, but the closest spot is about 8-9 hrs away. I think they are both very different words, but my skills from river surfing have helped so much with learning surfing in the ocean.
Nacho Clown :You Shred!!!  Do you ocean surf a lot ...what's your favorite ocean spot ? No comment is cool with us ?
April:I ocean surf as much as I can, but the closest spot is about 8-9 hrs away. I think they are both very different words, but my skills from river surfing have helped so much with learning in the ocean. 3. I've surfed the most around Huntington Beach, CA and went there a lot this winter. I think that the Oregon coast will soon become my main spot since it is closer.

RSM:The Idaho
 Wave park finish , how do feel your hometown
Wave park should be finished ? 
April: It would be awesome if our wave park had another feature we could use while using our main feature or to accommodate for unique flows. Right now river surfing is gaining a lot of popularity and we are experience overcrowding during the hotter times of the year. There is planned growth for the park, but I am not completely sure what the end result will be with the expansion.
Nacho Clown :What is the longest you have jumped on a motorcycle ?
April:I don't know exactly how far I've jumped on a my dirt bike. I've hit freestyle ramps at 75' and dirt jumps at probably 100-110'.

Nacho Clown :That's Huge !!!!respect to your dirt surfing .
RSM: Who is your favorite river surfer ? Odd ? But yea! Flori Kickflip
Master is mine .
April:  My favorite surfer to watch is Greg Goulet. He is an experienced skate boarder and snow boarder. You can really see his board skills transfer over to surfing. He is always trying something new and moves on the wave so fast and effortless, but the best part is the huge smile he has the whole time he is surfing.
RSM:Where do
You see the future of riversurfing ,

A= contests , events ,
B= or just for the soul
Of it .
C= let it flow ?
April:I think there will be more river surfing spots, Bend and Denver have just opened up waves in the last year. I think it will mostly be just for the soul as that is the heart of surfing. But I do think there will be enough waves in the PNW to have a little series if people were up for it. Could be fun.
RSM : I agree for the soul ,and river surf Jams and rodeos have a more inland feel to it.  
Nacho Clown :Keep it real & April Thank you for your words of wisdom
& thank you for the stoke
Keep on Flying the friendly sky's  !

RSM :Thank you for your time April & a incredible look into
Idaho surfing , well said Nacho keep on rocking the inland waves April whatever THEY MAY BE .

All Photos & her words Courtesy of April Zastrow

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Alberta wave Rising

posted Apr 8, 2014, 7:38 PM by River Surfer Magazine   [ updated Oct 10, 2016, 6:14 PM ]

Canada's ARSA has recently started building their wave many years it has taken mostly funds and a lot of heavy work is what is truly needed as you


  One  see from this picture of Neil one of the founders of the "Surf Anywhere Project" They now can start to make adjustments  this a reality other projects around the globe are taking place as I write this river surfing is  helping vastly helping reshape rivers 

WRSA Respect tour hits Idaho this summer

posted Mar 23, 2014, 3:00 PM by River Surfer Magazine   [ updated Apr 3, 2014, 7:08 PM ]

One of the most historic events to happen in river surfing the gathering of the roots tribes of World River Surfing Association on American soil a wild variety of inland surf cultures and a event to help those adaptive thanks to Elijah Mack get in to river surfing a event to  share the freedom river surfing  gives us all .

Jacob Kelly, a co-founder of The Surf Anywhere Project
Recently said:
 “The Payette River Games in Cascade, Idaho this June will be a monumental event for river surfers around the world. It will be a meeting of the minds, an explosion of river surfing culture, and just a cool happy place to hang out all weekend long. It’s not often someone gets to experience something like this in their lives. To be a part of something that will change the world forever. To be able to meet the Michael Jordans of a sport before the NBA is even created. To build something like the Zepher crew in Dogtown. I am so blessed to have passion and purpose in my life greater than myself.” 
Wave Test video 2014Chris Peterson Demo from Gary Ertter on Vimeo.

The current state of river surfing 2014

posted Mar 16, 2014, 3:18 PM by River Surfer Magazine   [ updated Oct 10, 2016, 6:16 PM ]



"So what is ocean surfing? It is an incredible gift. It is the funnest thing in the world. It is the source energy that gives us an opportunity to tap into something unexplainable, something magic.
Here’s the million dollar question: Why is the ocean surfing industry so down on river surfing? Did river surfing take the ocean surfing’s chick?  Did it slash its tires?
 So what is river surfing? It is surfing. It is surfing without the bullshit."
 Elijah Mack 

YouTube Video

A true message from the GOD FATHER of river surfing and he is because he cares 
 2010 Bjoren Richie Lobs "Keep Surfing"
the movie put it all into perspective as does Flori Kummer landing the kick flip in the river  there is no limit to where river surfing can go as of 2014 as it has become a more accepted form of a sport that surfing inland is taking of like wildfire ,
where  it goes from here relies on those river surfing or the surfing world?
I would like to see river surfers decide its future not the surfing world  .I have had mixed response when I say I can see a pro river circuit someday traveling to river waves like the ASP pro tour does in the  surfing world dealing with the elite of the elite of river surfing this is a dream of many and also a concern  amongst some that not to sell out river surfing or to put a leash on a gift horse just  let it run free instead of structuring a  true gift of surfing inland.
With river waves filling up around the globe (like  a surf spot like Munich's )river surfing style  tricks have been progressing right along with surfing turning the heads of surfers  practicing surf  tricks on surfboards in the river far out does the ocean in consistency in a sense .  Looking at the way the wave  is set up could  a wave after wave train be set up on the famous Munich river for more waves bringing much surf relief to the historic birth place of river surfing .For   Munich needs more waves for surfing of the masses  and more waves are needed to make a world pro river surfing circuit a reality.
 Master of the first river kickflip among other fabulous tricks .
Flori Kummer 2014 Picture :Elena Koss of Munich





Flo Hagena

posted Mar 11, 2014, 7:21 PM by River Surfer Magazine   [ updated Mar 11, 2014, 7:30 PM ]

2009 Interview Munich Surf open
Interview with Flo Hagena world class sports photographer

 RSM:1.How long have you been taking photos?

FloH:Since I was 14teen it has been my job since ´99.


Photo courtesy of: Flohagena.com and Buster

RSM:>2.What are your favorite cameras to use if I may ask and do you have a favorite subject to shoot ?

FloH:Canon full frame, lifestyle of sports motivated people, shooting in the ocean is the best.

RSM:3.How was the Munich river surfing open this year ? always looks like a blast to me ,do you surf the famous river waves of Munich? and do you take part in the other sport's you shoot?

FloH:The MSO09 had little less participants, weather was the reason I guess. Not all the good surfers are competition guys. But its a big get together and a hype for the young guns. Veiw More Photos from Flo Hagaen of the MSO2009 Grossstadtsurfer contest

FloH:I surf really rarely when I am home, when I am in Munich I work to much. all board sports I like a lot, where ever I go I take my skateboard with me, snowboarding, Mtn biking, little bit of climbing - no soccer no tennis no golf.

Photo courtesy of :Flohagena.com and Buster

RSM:4.You have a wide variety of photo skills many great shots dig the black and whites of the old cars any tips for wanna be photographers out there you can offer ?

FloH:The best tip I offer is you should be interested in what you shoot, look for your own angel, do not copy other peoples ideas, the more you are into the (sports) the better you get at shooting them.

RSM:5.Are you strictly Photography or do you shoot video as well?

FloH:From time to time I shoot a little video never have edited it by myself , now I got a SLR HD even with slowmo and now its time to film - o love it..

RSM:6.Nice camera ,what is your take on the river surfing scene in Munich?It is where it all started the home of river surfing's history.

FloH:Sounds like its the start base something 35 years ago, but I feel every surfer would check it out when they see a wave on a river. But for sure we have the biggest river surf community worldwide, I guess. The scene you can see all day all year long people on bikes, in trains, cruising cars , or on skateboards, in the city.

This video from the UTube is a good example of a day in the life of this great wave

RSM:Any tips on traveling around Munich?.

FloH:Tips for traveling around Munich, many lakes, mountains, high speed autobahn,beer gardens, park where you can and have a have beer in public, or if you wish you are allowed to run around naked.Sailing,pool skating, sightseeing, mtb ..... plus only three hours and your in Italy.....

RSM:7.Ha!!! that sounds like my kind of city , Flo would you like to say something to the world or share a upcoming show or project ?

FloH:Watch out for the movie "keep surfing" - the riverdoc film - and my upcoming surf website monkey-surf.com "so far, hang loose" flo

RSM: Flo we thank you for your time and sharing your great photos our highest regards to your sport of the art.

Flohagaen.com and Buster

Gerry Schlegel wins the Munich river surfing open again congrats Gerry ,this year under rainy conditions, and moderate flows the famous river wave's of Germany and the one of a kind Flosslände come alive again with this competitive fun event.

Finalwertung surf stats of the MSO2009

KIDS: Platz Name Finalwertung

1st . Manuel Kronfelder 10,5 2nd. Markus Poitner 8,5 3rd . Georg Filser 7,3

MÄDELS: Platz Name Finalwertung

1st. Eliza Rieger 7,1 2nd. Franzi Bergmeier 6,7 3rd. Toni Deventer 4,5

JUNGS: Platz Name Finalwertung

1st. Gerry Schlegel 19,0 2nd. Rober Beetz 17,5 3rd. Simon Strangfeld

Bono=fido FUS "Rumble In The Jungle"

posted May 4, 2013, 10:14 AM by River Surfer Magazine   [ updated May 4, 2013, 10:20 AM ]

In March the members of the Professional river surfers of Germany the legendary FUS crew rocked the Sumatra waves ,taming the  of the wild beastly waves of this not so famous river bore.

Rumble in the Jungle - Surfing the Tidal Dream from Yoyologic on Vimeo.

Hundreds of miles away from the next ocean wave, the Bono rolls its way up through the jungel of Sumatra.

Jonas Bronnert, Gerry Schlegel, Simon Strangfeld and Yoyo Terhorst from Germany surfed it for 4 days in March '13.

Sorry for the shacky footage, the whole video is filmed by the surfers themselves between their waves.

Read the full story in SURFERS #94

Filmed and Edited by Simon Strangfeld, Yoyo Terhorst
Music by Wavves - Sail To The Sun

Surf&Style 2012 - die European Championships im Stationary Surf

posted Jan 27, 2013, 12:57 PM by River Surfer Magazine   [ updated Mar 11, 2014, 7:05 PM ]

This summer the indoor wave and surf  comp  held on 11 August2012 auf der Citywave am Flughafen München im MAC. was mindblowing as well as showing the future of the landlocked surfer going surfer PRO is looking bright .

                                                                                                          All Photos property of and by flohagena.de flohagena.com

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