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The Best Boards for River Surfing

Updated: May 4

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In case you haven’t heard, you no longer need a $100,000 wake boat to ride waves in Colorado. Inland surfers have now innovated new ways to harness the power of rivers and Colorado happens to have several of the best locations in the country where you can hang 10. Whether you’re a seasoned surfer or just getting started, these boards will keep you wanting more all summer long.

California Board Company has become a staple among river surfing communities as they perform equally as well in the river as they do in the ocean. The Slasher surfboard, a soft-top board, is adaptable to a large variety of riders and rider styles wanting an introduction to the sport. Lightweight,durable, and packaged with a detachable leash, this board guarantees you get your money’s worth with a price point of only $150.

Are you just beginning your journey into river surfing? The Lancer from THURSO SURF could very well be the top choice for beginners. Tailored for small to medium-sized waves—ideal for tackling river waves—the Lancer strikes a balance between buoyancy and maneuverability. While it was initially crafted for ocean waves, the Lancer's design prioritizes enhanced maneuverability, particularly in less forceful waves, reminiscent of those found in Colorado rivers!

If you’re looking for a soft top board that won’t compromise performance, then this is the board for you. This high-performance board performs like its made of epoxy and is best prepared for a fast-flowing wave. With three fins and a detachable polyurethane leash all at the bargain price of $160, you won’t find many other deals like this.

The Puddle Jumper shreds on both the ocean and the river making it a great choice for surfers who frequent the coast. It is best suited for large fast-moving rivers such as the world-class wave located in Glenwood Springs. Carving like a madman comes easy on this board due to its straight rails and ‘V’ shaped tail. At $650, we recommend this board to experienced riders who are comfortable in big wake and looking to invest in the sport.

This board has the stability of a longboard, while maintaining the maneuverability of a shortboard. It's Badfish's take on a classic ocean shaped board, intended for river surfing! Like most inflatable boards, the Wavo is lightweight at just 17 lbs and a bouyancy capable of carrying as much as 240 lbs. Did we mention it's on sale for just $499?!

Known for being available at coastal Costco locations, the Wavestorm stands out as a reliable option, particularly considering its affordable price of only $199. A scaled-down version of the classic 8-foot board, this smaller model from Wavestorm offers increased maneuverability, making it ideal for river use. Despite its smaller size, it maintains ample volume, providing both buoyancy and maneuverability. Additionally, you have the flexibility to experiment with removing some fins to adjust the board's balance points according to your preferences.

Badfish designed this board specifically for the river, making it maneuverable, stable, and grippy. The short and maneuverable design is complemented by the buoyancy of this board being entirely inflatable. The Badfish SK8 was carefully engineered to perform in all river conditions and flow rates. We believe that the higher price of $800 is well worth this radical river board!

If you would like to learn more about the Colorado river surfing revolution, visit See you on the water!

Hang loose,

The Bros at Coloradbro

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