From Hawaii to Montana, here is Genki Kino's landlocked surfing story:
Boarders Mag: Tell us about the difference in the ocean line up vs river line up: "I guess the main advantages are that the wave is always there so no waiting for the waves to roll in. Also, everybody takes their turn so everyone gets equal share of waves."
From Hawaii to Montana and still surfing, do you feel at home? Does it feel the same? "Yea the stoke and vibe is similar if not even higher when winter is about to end and spring runoff is right around the corner. The Lochsa wave usually only breaks from April through June so when the wave comes in everyone is frothing. I think the overall vibe is more mellow. There is no such thing as localism in Montana."
Where is the sport of river surfing now and how do you see it progressing? "River surfing is definitely on the rise now. Many towns are building waves for people to enjoy. I think it's really cool that they are doing that. If you have a beautiful river running through town, why not build waves for people to enjoy. I see river surfing continuing to grow and progress. On the river, you definitely need a special board to fit the curve of the wave so I can see board designs changing in the future. Also with a growing sport, I'm sure there will be more changes but I hope the vibe always stays the same."
What is the one thing that people don't know about river surfing? "We don't measure waves by wave height (feet). We measure it by how fast the water is flowing (Cubic Feet per Second)."
Video by: Seth Warren and his crew at Elements Mixed Media.