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RE: river surfing ottawa« on: March 16 2006 05:03:00 »
Herd of one guy surfin in the ottawa river under some bridge not sure were though.
RE: river surfing ottawa« Reply #1 on: March 16 2006 22:03:00 »
I have heard of surfing the waves that form below the bridge(Island Park Drive) that goes to quebec in the springtime. But it's not a place to learn, the current is strong and you would almost need a tow in/rescue from a kayaker. Try wake-boarding that'll be the closest you'll get around ottawa. Lake Ontario might produce something if you time it right. Otherwise, save the cash and visit NS or BC or somewhere warm like Mexico, Hawaii or CR
RE: river surfing ottawa« Reply #2 on: March 17 2006 08:03:00 »
I might just have to do that.
RE: river surfing ottawa« Reply #3 on: March 18 2006 12:03:00 »
RE: river surfing ottawa« Reply #5 on: May 07 2006 22:05:00 »
The water level is too low right now in the Ottawa River. I dinged my board today. Also there are rocks only a few feet under the surface. They are doubly dangerous as if you lease get caught underneth a rock you could easily drown because this wave never quits and you will be held down until you drown. I wear the leash above my knee or on my wrist so I can take it off if that occurs. I had a close call last year that taught me not to make that mistake again. Wear a whitewater helment... also a rope is fun for some static towing surfing unless you can padded really fast!
I also go down to Sandbanks if it is going off. It was ok this weekend 3'-4' windswell for about 3 hours. It was messy stuff. I miss the ocean but hey I make due with what I have at hand.
I hope that helps.
RE: river surfing ottawa« Reply #6 on: March 28 2007 19:03:00 »
well i have been surfing 6 times while traveling and i have been trying to surf as much as possible since i was 10 as i'm now 16. I'm no poser as i know how to ride a wave but the thing is that i don't have a board so i haven't been able to try surfing the rapids but i have booggie boarded and body surfed the rapids of the ottawa river and there are definatly some really good rapids or at least they look good for surfing. i go there alot and end up seeing kayakers doin cut back so it has to be possible i'm sure you could probobly set somethin up with wilderness tours a rafting company that would take you out to some suitable rapids, only thing is it might not be a good place to learn because on a good day it can get crowded with older angry kayakers
RE: river surfing ottawa« Reply #7 on: April 01 2007 14:04:00 »
yes, river surfing exists in Ottawa. two standing waves in fact. both are very advanced. you should first take rivers surfing lessons in montreal through 2IMAGINE surf shop. they'll teach you on the st lawrence river first -I'm heading up for some group lessons on May 5th 6th with some other folks from Ottawa. then we hope to surf the hard wave below island park bridge and the other easier wave below the champlain bridge. you should ask the kayak guys about waves -not the ocean surfers... by the way wear a helmut if you surf the rivers... the rocks bite.
RE: river surfing ottawa« Reply #8 on: April 01 2007 14:04:00 »
Hey, I'm looking at heading up to MTL on May 5 and 6 as well and then surfing the island park wave. I bought a board last summer but the wave was too small by the time I had it. Do you know anyone else that surfs the Ottawa wave? I've seen them driving by but whenever I went to actually watch there has never been people surfing, only kayaking. You said there were two waves, where's the other?
RE: river surfing ottawa« Reply #9 on: April 03 2007 04:04:00 »
Ryan, i agree with goin2Indo, CR is really a good place to start. I am much of a poser, just like yourself. I'm obessed with surfing and i've only been once! and that was in CR, but it was really beautiful, perfect for beginners, plus, its uber cheap! ;) the most expensive thing is your plane ticket and even that is not expensive compared to say, a ticket to Hawaii. =P