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.
In light of the Black Lives Matter protests happening throughout the country, host Stacie Vanags focused the latest episode of the Salted Spirit podcast on the topic of racism. Joining her in the discussion is Rhonda Harper and Dr. Cassie Comley. RELATED: Here is a list of BIPOC Outdoor Organizations You Can Support Harper is most well known for launching Black Girls Surf, an organization that supports black girls and women in surfing with the hopes of making the sport more accessible
I’m not even going to start about my views on people not wearing masks during this lovely time were all going through, but COME ON - do they really need to end up in the ocean too? Kook of the Day points out the obvious in their recent post: if your mask or protective gloves end up in the ocean, you’re a kook. Please dispose of your gross germ-infested mask properly. Like the trash can. We don’t need dolphins and seabirds dealing with more of our human problems because of your laziness.
From the NBA to U.S. Open Tennis, professional athletes have increasingly used their platform and presence to address racial inequality in the United States. Similar acts of peaceful protest are rippling through action sports, most recently with Australian surfer Tyler Wright, who took a knee at the WSL’s Tweed Coast Pro to call attention to racial discrimination within her own country. Like the United States, Australia is grappling with its own troubled history of colonialism, systemic