Riversurf Safety

This guide is intendend for river surfers on standing waves


Get information in advance: conditions (water level,
weather, temperature, wind); local practices and laws.
Have an experienced river surfer familiarise you.


Adapt your equipment to the spot and conditions: wetsuit
(water temperature, buoyancy); without leash, safety leash
or quick-release if need be (getting stuck, risk of drowning);
helmet, life jacket; safety equipment (throw bag, knife,


Never surf alone and inform others about when and
where you are going surfing. Assist other surfers and
provide help if necessary, while looking out for your
own safety. Emergency number is 112.


Get to know the local site: upstream, near the waves,
downstream; wood, floating debris, rocks, shallows, bridge
pillars, iron beams; currents, eddies, whirlpools and gyres;
quickly changing water levels; possibilities to enter and
exit, water quality. After getting to know the site,
reassess it.


Know your limits and don’t exceed them! Prevent accidents
(protect your head and face with your arms when surfacing;
it must be possible to cut the rope at all times). Work on
your river swimming skills. Don’t overestimate yourself. It’s
better to skip it once rather than forever.


Show respect to other water enthusiasts and to nature.
Swimmers and boats have right of way. Protect the environment
and take your garbage with you. Fairness,
friendliness and consideration will gain respect for
you as well.