Surf Gear

What do I need to start river surfing in Calgary?

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A common question we get asked at RMRS is what do I need to start surfing in Calgary?  What board do I need to buy?  What wetsuit works the best for the river?  These are excellent questions but the answer is tricky because it is a little bit different for everyone.  If you find yourself asking these questions, please drop us a line:  We will be happy assist you and let you know your options.

If you are new to the sport, you may want to consider our wetsuit/board combo.  With our 10 years of river surfing experience we have found the best introductory wetsuit and the friendliest board for navigating river waves.  For only $500* you’ll have everything you need to start surfing for less than a snowboard and a single day lift pass.

*$500 package requires ordering in a wetsuit and boards are based on stock on hand. Greco recently raised their shipping prices and this is reflected in the price.

So rather than giving you a grocery list of items to purchase for your new favourite sport I will cover some frequently asked questions.  Often times these questions are coming from ocean surfers who already know a little about wetsuits and surfboards.

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River Surfing Equipment for 2015

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The surf season here in Calgary is approaching! We are so stoked to get back in the water and teach more people to surf!! Did you know we sell wetsuits, boards and all kinds of other goodies? Check out the catalogue. WE DO FOUR GEAR ORDERS A YEAR. THIS NEXT ORDER IS DUE BY WEDNESDAY APRIL 13TH.

Here’s the link to the 2015 catalogue.

If you’re new to the river things to look for are 5/4 wetsuits, that’s 5mm of neoprene where you need it the most. Anything thinner may not keep you warm enough in our mountain fed rivers. Some of the newer neoprenes are much better and act like they are thicker like Rip Curl’s Flashbomb with E4 neoprene. You will also need gloves and booties to brave the cold :) But with the right gear you should be getting out of the water when your legs and arms are giving out and you can’t possibly surf any longer, not because you got cold!

For beginners looking to get into the sport take advantage of our wetsuit, board combo special for $500. This is a great deal and specific to Calgary river waves (we just recommend surfers over 180lbs don’t go with a Greco).

Sizing charts are available and this catalogue is a curated list but more gear is available. If you see something online you want support local and talk to us first!

Thanks for helping us grow the surf community here in Calgary and Alberta. I look forward to seeing you on the water!!

Stoked and flow,
Jacob Kelly