First, river surfing -- riding waves on a surfboard in a river -- is an actual thing. Second, very few rivers qualify. Third, because of the aforementioned second, we've gone ahead and compiled a list of the eight best. Now go, surf upon rivers.
#8: South America's Amazon River may not always be good for surfing, but in Brazil, where the mouth meets the Atlantic Ocean, there's a tidal bore called the Pororoca which, in February and March, creates swells as high as 13ft. Ride 'em, vaquero!
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#6: Believe it or not, that dude isn't surfing in the year 2096; he's riding China's Qiantang River, AKA the "Silver Dragon". This badass waterway sees waves of nearly 30ft that travel 25mph along the skyscraper-lined shores of Hangzhou.
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#5: The River Mur in Graz, Austria, has two waves -- both are built by hand, using precisely-placed underground rock formations to constrict the flowing water. Prepare to look way more badass on it than those silly kayakers.
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#4: A tubular tidal bore at the mouth of the River Severn in England near Gloucester, the Severn Bore was first surfed by Jack Churchill, the only Allied soldier in WWII to kill an enemy using a FREAKING LONG BOW. This bore has 7ft waves that have been known to carry boarders more than five miles downstream.
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