BEND, OR -- The sun is out and people are headed to the river, with their surfboards! Dave Jaber and about a dozen other hardy souls in wetsuits took advantage of the warm weather to try out the Bend Whitewater Park on the Deschutes River in the Old Mill District.
Jaber is no stranger to whitewater parks, having moved to Bend from Idaho where he surfed the Boise River. “The time is right. It’s warming up. The flow is up so the wave is getting big and it’s a challenge but it’s a lot of fun. It’s different than actually surfing. You’re kind of going against the current. It’s definitely a good time.”
After seeing the success of the Boise surf park Jaber plans to open a mobile surfboard rental shop near Bend's whitewater park adjacent to the Colorado Bridge. “I just know this park is going to do really well. As you can tell, spring has barely sprung and there's already like 20 guys out here surfing.”
In the meantime, Jaber and his surfing pals will be on the river as much as they can.