Yesterday a friend and I went for a walk down by the river, the Clark Fork. We strolled along the riverbank then found a nice place on the rocks to hang out and talk. We didn’t have much of a reprieve from the smoke created by Montana wildfires but it was peaceful with the sound of rushing water only a few feet away.
We sat for a while and watched a couple of surfers, that’s right…surfers riding the waves. It was cool – and a little odd – to see a couple of “surfer-dudes” walking on the riverbank, surfboards in hand. I’m originally from Hawaii. Surfers are part of the landscape there. In Montana…this was definitely a first.
Missoula is home to Brennan’s Wave, a small section of the river that was turned into a wave-making water park for kayakers – and surfers too. I’ve known about Brennan’s wave since they built it a couple of years ago – I’ve just never seen any of the events that take place there. Did you know (probably not) that Outside Magazine recently named little-old Missoula, Montana as one of the best river towns in America?
Wonderopolis hasn’t covered surfing – yet – but they did do a wonder about the difference between kayaks and canoes!