Colorado Rocky Mountain Surfers~

A different kind,

of ‘Rocky Mountain High!’

The river surfers,

on The Animas River,

in Colorado.

navigate submerged rocks,

frigid water,

and stand to prove it!

But that didn’t prevent some ‘gnarly’

wipe-outs!

The river was running fast and deep.

Cheers to you from The skillful Colorado Rocky Mountain Surfers~

188 thoughts on “Colorado Rocky Mountain Surfers~

    • And I from you Teresa. I learn new things everyday from bloggers. I found ruins today that are not publicized and impossible to find. I learned about them from a blogger დ

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    • They were clearly having fun. They would have to be, to suit up like this, and jump into such freezing water. Sort of like going skiing! πŸ˜‰

  2. What great shots, Cindy. I’ve never heard (or seen) of people surfing river waves before.

  3. Looks fun! And incredibly difficult! I have never seen this type of surfing. Just like surfing, I would spend more time falling. πŸ˜† Awesome share!

  4. Makes me recall the Brazilian surfers in the Amazonas river, although there being a river so wide the waves, for what I saw on TV, are more similar to the sea. Here is amazing, I think they are surfing not waves but a violent stream :O

  5. Extraordinary what people do for a thrill. I’d be counting bruises. Well, no, I wouldn’t because I would have drowned. Good luck to them!

  6. Interesting how people like to take risks like that Cindy, it gives its own adrenaline rush, and it is a good double for a surf beach I guess providing you don’t hit a snag.

  7. Wow! Great photos. I would think that would be a bit risky which is part of the challenge, I suppose. Believe it or not, surfers in wet suits can be seen along the shores of Lake Ontario in January. Brrrrrrrrr…

  8. I never suspected anyone surfed the Colorado! I guess where there is a desire to surf, they find a way. I do know the colorado has dropped to dangerously low levels.

    • Yes, the Colorado is at extreme drought conditions. This river, The Animas, was flowing full and deep, directly from The San Juan Mountains დ

  9. Wow….. Not seen River surfing before… Can see why the helmet needed !! Lol…. Exciting…. to watch… πŸ™‚ Not sure I would be as brave πŸ™‚ even if I were 50 years younger LOL

  10. I didn’t know you were coming … it’s not exactly I’m home. πŸ™‚ One place I would have taken you to visit is Comanche National Grasslands. It is the last piece of pristine, open prairie in Colorado. Adjacent to the Grasslands is the Army’s Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site (PCMS). The Army has done excellent work in restoring some of the prairie at PCMS, and restoring petroglyphs and dino tracks in the Purgatorie River Valley inside PCMS. The glyphs and dino tracks were suffering mightily when the land was privately held. The only way to see either is to be part of a scientific team, and only way to get there is by Blackhawk. I’ll send you some pics when I get home.

    River surfing, I haven’t heard of that. With not receiving much snow during winter, at least the water wasn’t more rough.

    • So odd you should mention this. We found a site in Colorado, actually multiple in one area. Not just petroglyphs and pictographs. Much more. Incredible. Not open to public. Took sleuthing and hiking. I will be doing a post on it eventually. The Naval Weapons Lab at China Lake is protecting some amazing petroglyphs/pictographs, that one can get permission to tour. I will do so. We also found more pictos hidden in The Mojave, which I was directed to by a blogger. And there are more, we want to find. We, in the American West are walking on the land of the true Americans. It is humbling to see the evidence. Hope all is well with you and yours დ

  11. Oh dear. Not my idea of adventure, but very cool that you got to see how it’s done! Those waters look cold, even for June. I know you’re enjoying your travels, Cindy!

  12. Hello Cindy, this is Charly Priest, as always you capture very interesting things. Who would know that they surfed in the Colorado River, bit scary to tell you the truth. As you said in one comment “it is an expectators sport”, except if they pay me some money, quite the some then I go next.

    • Thank you Eugenia. Yes. The first times they ventured into the rapids must have been nervy. They obviously have practiced a lot, and were quite precise and skillful დ

  13. I grew up in Colorado after moving there from Massachusetts. I recall how beautiful the mountains and streams were. How frigid the water was too! We camped in nearby mountains in Southern Colorado where air temperatures were cooler and water was ice cold. Brave but well dressed surfers. Enjoyed this post very much!

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