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River Surfing Catching a Wave in Western Montana
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Catching a Wave in Western Montana

Surfing in a landlocked mountain town is not only possible, it’s a fast-growing and exhilarating way to spend time on our rivers. Waves are man-made by strategically positioning river rocks to create waves prime for surfing. And this isn’t just a summer sport. When the water’s high in winter and spring, the waves are too. If you’re not convinced, head to Brennan’s Wave on the Clark Fork River in downtown Missoula. Here you can watch whitewater surfers and kayakers playing on the wave. You can even rent a board right there in town, if surfing is your thing.

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PLEASE NOTE: river surfing is not easy. Only experienced boarders and paddlers are encouraged to seek out our surf spots. If you’re interested in trying out this new-ish sport, we recommend you talk to a local surf and board shop, and get your feet wet—literally—in calm waters first.

Surf Spots Surf Safety
  • Spring runoff means fast-moving rivers. If you’re new to river surfing, stick to a late-summer trip.
  • Wear a quick-release leash around your waist. It’s IMPERATIVE that you use quick-release technology in river surfing, as ankle leashes can get hung up on rocks and other debris.
  • Wear a PFD, a helmet, a wetsuit and protective gear, especially in shallow rivers.
  • Use sunscreen and wear sunglasses.
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