Pueblo Whitewater Park gaining popularity with river surfers — The Pueblo Chieftain

Pueblo whitewater park via http://www.uncovercolorado.com
Pueblo whitewater park via http://www.uncovercolorado.com

From The Pueblo Chieftain (Larry Lopez):

In May 2005, Pueblo Whitewater Park — a half-mile section of the Arkansas between the Fourth Street and Union Avenue bridges — was unveiled. The park featured eight drops primarily for kayakers.

It didn’t take long, though, to discover that the river park’s third and fourth waves were ideal for surfing -— be aboard a boogie board, surfboard or paddle boating — and an old ocean sport was born in landlocked Pueblo…

[Bob Walker] also began spreading the word on social media via Facebook and surfers came, traveling from Denver, Crested Butte, Glenwood Springs and other areas around the state to ride Pueblo’s waves.

Walker now teams with the Colorado Association of River Surfers to host a surfing contest in conjunction with International Surfing Day observed each June.

Gogarty finds river surfing “much more fun,”

“In the ocean you spend a lot of time paddling for hours. Catching a wave is challenging and then you usually ride for a few seconds,” he said.

“In the river, the wave is not going anywhere, it’s always there. You get to ride as long as you can. It can last minutes.”

The river waves range 2-3 feet in height.

The Pueblo course is rated No. 1 in Colorado and among the top 10 across the U.S., Gogarty boasts.

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