The Boise Whitewater Park is an excellent example of the cool things which can be done with repurposed dams. Engineers modified the existing Thurman Mill Diversion Dam to create an adjustable water feature which can accommodate river surfers or kayakers, depending on flow rates. The wave is part of an ongoing initiative to build a world-class whitewater park in the midst of downtown Boise.
Surfing the standing wave isn't easy, as evidenced by the numerous slams showcased in this Instagram video. For those in the market for even more river-surfing carnage, there's a live webcam of the standing wave available on the Whitewater Park website here.
WAVE POOL MALFUNCTION IN CHINA.. Releasing GIANT WAVE and 44 people injured. #China #WavePool #Yanbian #ViralVideo pic.twitter.com/MEOvAOSTB2— V for Viral (@VForViral1) July 31, 2019 Early reports on social media alleged the wave pool operator was drunk and turned the magnitude to max. However, a spokesperson for the park stated the mini-tsunami was the result of a machine malfunction. The official narrative also only tallies around 10 injuries while international reports place the number
View this post on Instagram Wow what a weekend I’m thankful to come away with minor injuries from a shark that bit me Saturday! Thank you @juvolkweis and @surfmama12 for being there by my side and @insta_puente @rjbooger @pierregulator all right there to help, I appreciate all of you and everyone else with their kind words and love! A post shared by Frank O'Rourke (@frankooo_) on Jul 28, 2019 at 6:09pm PDT Professional surfer Frank O’Rourke was near Jacksonville Beach
If you’re going to jump off a cliff because “all your friends are doing it”, at least make sure that your leash is clear of the rocks. In all seriousness we hope this surf instructor is doing fine. His leash appeared to free itself before he could hit the rocks, but there isn’t a whole lot of information out there about his fate. At the very least we know he learned a valuable lesson about leash control. RELATED: This Is About More Than Just Surfing