- river surfing
An awesome, versatile river shortboard. Enough volume to get on the smallest, groveliest waves and short enough to make those same waves enjoyable. Great for the Fort Collins whitewater park wave from 300 - <1500 cfs. I ride it as twin at low flows to make it easier to kick the tail out and pull shortboard turns, even though this makes popping up a little more challenging.
I’m 6’5”, 235 pounds and the Wavo is a beautiful big guy short board for the river, I’m literally throwing buckets with each turn, for anyone ripping on a 6’11”/ 7’- 8’ SUP river board like the Hala Milligram, Badfish IRS or the NRS inflatables, the Wavo is the next step up, do yourself a favor and buy this board! If the SK8 seems like it may be too small for you or your local waves, the Wavo is the perfect transition board. So far, it’s working great in the Reno and Sparks whitewater parks at 900cfs, 1800 is when our traditional short boards work so it I’m the only guy out there ripping on a short board today while everyone with a foamy is at home waiting for next year: I could not be happier with the purchase! Thank you Noah W for helping me with my purchase, it arrived in 2 days and I love the bag and the dual mode pump! Any mountain west river surfers interested in more info or a surf partner can hit me up at RenoRiverSurf on Gmail, that’s how stoked I am on this board! Mahalo Badfish!
As a ocean surfer I wanted a board that would let me start river surfing right away and extend the season on either end. The WAVO’s extra volume has been perfect for getting a handle on river surfing and it’s still feels fun now that I’m getting the hang of it. I’ve surfed it back to back with a 5’ 6” skate and an Inflatable SK8. It’s much easier to surf than the ISK8 especially when the water level was lower. The 5’ 6” skate feels lighter and more nimble as expected, but again the volume on the WAVO makes it easier for me (175lbs) to get more out of the wave. The only complaint I have is that because it’s an inflatable it doesn’t have hard rails and so isn’t as crisp as a hard board. All in all I’m stoked on this board and really having fun with it. The quality is super dialed and the design is really well thought out — dig the graphics too.
I have ridden the Wavo in so many different types of waves, and it always surprises me how easy it is to surf. I like to use a center fin only to give it a longboard feel.
I'm new to river surfing, so my perspective is limited. That said, I love this board! It's the right mix of agility and stability for our local play wave (in Dayton, Ohio).