When we think of surfing, most of probably picture an epic set in some legendary destination like Waimea or Bell’s Beach, Australia. While the exact location varies between person to person, it’s safe to say that collectively, our first thoughts are of a beach and the Ocean. However, there are plenty of phenomenal freshwater surfing destinations around the globe, too. Here’s a look at some of the top freshwater surfing destinations in the world.
The Great Lakes have long been a destination for surfers who are looking for something out of the ordinary. What’s more, it seems that as time goes by, the waves on these giant lakes just keeping getting bigger, badder, and colder. Make no mistake—surfing Lake Superior on the Minnesota coast is definitely an extreme sport. Surfers have been known to hit the water when air temperatures are in the negative teens!
The Snake River in Wyoming has long been a hot spot for kayakers and rafters in search of some challenging white-water rapids. It seems that those rapids offer up just as much fun for surfers! While many local surfers frequented the river over the years, the destination has recently been covered by global news outlets so more and more surfers are showing up each year to shred the rapids.
The waves generated here are as much fun to simply watch as they are to surf. OK, that might be a stretch because nothing beats getting out there and riding one of these amazing waves. However, it does come with a unique set of hazards. The water is about the color of chocolate milk. While that might not bother many surfers, the fact that the stained water might be hiding a hoard of 12-foot crocodiles is certainly a reason to pause! Add to that the chance for getting caught in an earthquake or volcano, both of which frequent the area, and this certainly becomes a bucket list surfing destination!
There are plenty of river-surfing destinations around the planet so it’s not easy to pick a top spot. One of our favorites, though, is on the Eisbach River in Munich, one of Germany’s most popular cities. You can experience everything the city has to offer and then head out to the river to catch an amazing, clean standing wave, all before you’ve even finished your beer.