Thanks to the floods of 2013, the Bow River in downtown Calgary has become a magnet for river surfers.
Surfer Jacob Quinlan says the spot in the shadow of the Louise Bridge has attracted many fellow enthusiasts this summer.
“We’re really lucky to have this wave here, the accessibility it brings,” he said. “People can see it and just hop in and try it out, so it’s been really great this summer.”
Last summer’s massive flooding carved new contours in the Bow River, creating a surfer-perfect permanent wave just downstream of the 10th Street crossing, said Neil Egsgard, president of the Alberta River Surfing Association.