Sure, Idaho is landlocked. But that hasn’t stopped some creative entrepreneurs in the state from inventing a method of riding waves. Or in the case of bungee surfing, rapids.
Bungee surfing allows sports enthusiasts to “ride the river.” The activity involves a bungee cord that extends to 200 ft. and is attached to the front of a small board that looks like the combination of a wake and surf board. Bungee surfers lie on the board and let the river’s natural flow take them downstream, stretching out the bungee chord. When the chord is at its maximum stretch, it retracts, yanking the surfer back upstream. In the instant of retraction, surfers must ‘get up’ on their board and then ride ‘up’ the river at 35 mph.
When the bungee has pulled the board upstream to the point of total slack in the chord, it releases from the board, freeing the rider to perform tricks, and then paddle back to the bungee for another ride down the river.
Compared to surfing, which requires riders to wait for good waves, bungee surfing allows for a day full of uninterrupted rides up and down the river.
Even Surf Company of Horseshoe Bend, just 45 minutes north of Boise, offers introductory courses in bungee surfing on the Payette River. With a background in chemical engineering, Kevin Veon started Banshee Bungee, a Nampa, Idaho company that invented and now manufactures the ‘boardbungees’ that are the lynchpin for this new sport.
“Damn straight I’m surfin’ this here crick with a truck bungee and a plywood plank,” claims Veon on his website.
Let us know if you’ve tried bungee surfing yet and leave a comment below!