Word on the Water | Would You Rather: Surf a 20-ft wave or run a class IV rapid?
Asked in Jupiter, Florida
Occupation: Blueline Surf and Paddle Co. Employee
I'd surf a 20-foot wave. Rapids are pretty cool, I grew up around them my whole life but I feel like nothing compares to the power of a huge wave. It would be incredible just to be part of it.
Occupation: Nurse at Jupiter Medical Center
Given that I just started surfing and six-foot waves really mess me up and I grew up in Montana in the mountains and I've done a Class IV, I'd rather do that.
Connor and George Sturgis
I'd rather ride a 20-foot wave because it gives you an experience that you'll never forget. My brother, he would like to go down rapids because he likes the thrill of it.
Occupation: Physical Therapist
I'm kind of new to the surfing thing but I'd attempt the 20-foot wave if there were really good conditions. I think my skill level on Class IV rapids would definitely put me in the water a lot more than I would actually be on top of it. I might actually have a bit of a chance on the 20-foot wave.
Occupation: Elementary School Teacher
SUP surf a 20-foot wave, for sure, because it seems more manageable. Whitewater is totally intimidating unless you know how to read water like that. And I used to whitewater kayak in North Carolina!
This feature originally ran in SUP’s Fall 2015 issue.
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