Senior Editor

Of course, river waves aren’t evolving. The surfers riding river waves definitely are. But how would that be? If man’s fiddling with the sacred–tearing down paradise and building acres of cement-framed wave parks–be waking Mother Nature from her centuries-long surf slumber? Is she about to unleash a fury of incredibly high water, mixed with one or two earth-shaking tremors to reshape Earth’s drainages into perfect, barreling surf-orgasms? Waves anywhere there’s flowing h2O?

It’s a nice-enough thought. But when reality sobers us up, this is just Norway’s best-kept secret. I won’t break it but high water definitely does amazing things to this wave (which we’ve seen plenty of), creating an extremely rippable, waste to chest-high wall that Wes Schaftenaar and Phil Pope attack relentlessly in this quick piece. Is that even a little barrel in there? Such a sweet little throwback feel, too.


Only the best. We promise.


Join our community of contributors.