River Navigation: Surfing Pourover Holes

Disclaimer: Surfing "pourover holes" can lead to flips, swims, and getting yourself into a variety of sticky situations. Please start small and slowly work your way up. This is only something that should be done if you are comfortable swimming and re-flipping your boat.

Surfing a Pourover Hole

Why Do We Surf Pourover Holes?

  • It's fun!
  • It's a great way to work on advanced oar management and rowing skills.
  • You'll learn to use the backwash of these holes like an eddy making moving around the river easier.
  • You'll gain a better sense of which holes you can and can't run successfully.
  • You gain experience with getting unstuck from sticky holes.

In general, surfing pourover holes is one of the best ways to improve your skills to a Class IV+/V level.

Examples: Surfing Pourover Holes

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