A Beginners Guide To River Surfing

Updated: May 30, 2020

Welcome to your crash course on river surfing! For most surfers catching a wave, whether it is on a river or the ocean, is the highlight of their day; it is an escape from the daily routine. After the 2013 floods in Calgary produced a significant wave underneath the 10th street bridge, the wave started to gain popularity amongst surfers. Before, the nearest surfing destination was more than 12000 kilometres away; the new wave provided the surfing community with the ability to surf in their own backyard.

Since discovering this gem, Outlier has been working tirelessly to share the sport with fellow Calgarians. So, with all of that being said, what should you know before trying out river surfing?

What Equipment Will You Need?

Our team at Outlier has handpicked the best river surfing gear for you! Below is a list of the equipment that you’ll need:


We recommend a 4/3mm wetsuit. This thickness of suit will keep you warm, provide you with buoyancy, and the prefered thickness of suit for ocean surfing destinations such as Tofino or California. Check out our store for some great options here.