This is an overview of the river surfing area. It's man-made and not at all natural. There was a small waterfall at this location previously, and giant sandbags full of tons of sand were placed in the river just beyond the waterfall, which created an obstacle that the water had to flow over and that water became a wave that has similar characteristics to an ocean wave.
You may have been wondering if I took any pictures of the river surfing in Salida, which is the reason I went there in the first place, and of course the answer is; absolutely! But I had so much fun being on the road again and hanging around in the cool mountain air, that I didn't have a lot of time to get the pictures ready to put on the Internet, so I've been saving a lot of stuff until I got back to my daughter's house. But this post finally has some river surfing pictures.
Once you and your surf-board are in the right location on the wave, you can surf around in the wave just like an ocean wave. But unlike an ocean wave this wave never runs out, it never breaks on the shore. This is an endless wave, a surfers dream wave.
The hardest part Is getting on the wave. The surfboard has to be laid down in just the right spot on the wave, and the surfer has to get on the board at the same time the board lands in the right spot.
It appears to be a matter of perfect timing to get the board in just the right place in the rushing water and your feet on the board before the wild water rips the board from your Ice cold fingers.
Instead of jumping on the board with both feet some folks especially the newbies belly-flop on the board and once they are balanced, an attempt is made to stand up.
That method either works or it doesn't, and when it doesn't you may get to see the surfers universal sign of surrender..... Which means... HELP ME! I'VE FALLEN AND I CAN'T GET UP!!
But when it works it can be a thing of grace and athleticism, with many hoots and hollers from the audience, and many high-fives from the other surfers upon returning to shore.