We live on the North end of Devils Lake in Lincoln City. To the south at the end of our 3.5 mile long lake – is the Shortest River in the World – the D River. I shared yesterday that swells were coming up the river during high tide. We set out on December 20th to see if we could ‘surf the river’.
I didn’t get very good shots. It was raining REALLY hard and the wind was blowing like crazy. The larger the swell, the more we had to get out of the way. I was in a wetsuit and booties, so I didn’t mind my feet getting wet, but I didn’t want to ruin my camera.
By the time the rain died down, the river had pretty much been choked off from sand being deposited. We had to wait around 15-20 minutes between the big swells. We had two tow tubes, a SUP board and our ol epoxy Bic board.
Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
The video above was one of my favorites. He was really having a blast and the video shows it. Sure he has to hop off the board to get over the highest part of the sandbar (long fin) and catch the wave that forms up on the other side. But it is still fun.
Why would we want to surf the 120 foot river? Cause we can. Cause you can’t do it very often. (like this is a first). I had a great time on the tubes. Because we like adventure. Cause it’s more fun than Pre Algebra. (sorry Mr. Demme) Cause what else would you do during 18-20 foot swells, rain – 5-7 inches, and sideways wind? By the way – we came home to a flooded basement from the rain we got the 3 hours we surfed the river mouth.
LOVE living in the Pacific Northwest!