Awesome way to float rivers lying flat on your stomach on a riverboard and fins on your feet. It's similar to bodyboarding or riding a boogie board except you have a handlebar to hold onto and the board is shaped to protect your upper body down to your hips.
High performance plastic board suitable for river rapids and ocean waves. The board is roughly 2' wide and 3' long, weighing approx 20 lbs. The ripboard style riverboards have easy grip handles which protect the arms and a padded chest cavity. Its ultra-buoyant design is capable of handling Class V rapids. For ordering and purchase information visit the RipBoard's riverboarding store
No worries, the board is the lowest point in the water and covers your hips. This enables one to pivot and lift your legs up as needed. In shallow water, a padded wet suit, knee pads or shin guards are helpful as the kicking motion exposes your legs. With a little practice you can avoid most obstacles by steering, timing your kick motion and lifting up your legs when floating over rocks or other obstacles.
Other recommended gear include helmet, pfd, wetsuit and booties. Whitewater expeirence is extremely helpful and learning from an experienced rider is recommended. For information on fellow riders, gear, demo events visit community.
A whitewater park or Class II section of water is a good place to start learning. The riverboarding learning curve is much easier than kayaking. Most novice river boarders are able to ride Class III rapids within a few outings where a novice kayaker may take a season or more. For those with whitewater experience and the ability to read rapids, riverboarding is more or less getting used to steering the board by kicking with fins. Click here for information on riverboarding lessons and whitewater parks.
Using fins you steer the board with different kicks. A freestyle or flutter kick propels the board forward as does a dolphin or butterly kick. Leaning the board to one side does not turn the board, rather try and keep the board flat. A one-legged breastroke or frog kick will turn the board. By flexing your ankle and pointing your toes, you generate maximum power with each kick. For more information see RipBoard's instructional video
Visit our Company Store or call toll free 866.311.2627. For the nearest retail location, see our Dealer List . If your local sporting goods store doesn't carry RipBoard riverboards - tell 'em they should and let us know.
They originated 20 years ago when a couple of Frenchmen decided to brave rapids, riding on a pile of life jackets. Over the years, several designs resembling a 'beefed-up" boogie board evolved. In Europe riverboards are called hydrospeeds and in New Zealand sledges -go figure. Here at RipBoard Inc. we call 'em riverboards.