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Surfers hit the White Water Park despite cold conditions

Posted at 1:53 PM, Jan 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-26 15:54:48-05

BOISE, Idaho — The Boise River came up a little bit in the last few days creating a perfect wave on the top feature at the JA & Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation White Water Park.

With the temperature hovering around 40 degrees and the water temperature even colder surfers covered from head to toe in a wetsuit braved the conditions to hang ten on their favorite wave.

“It’s kind of like therapy for me and it takes my mind off of school, it takes my mind off of everything that is stressing me out," said local surfer Andre Souza. "I get to go chill with my friends and surf.”

The surfers told us having the proper equipment this time of year is a necessity and they all admitted that going out in the river wasn't very comfortable, but they said the wave was too good to pass up.

"It has been a really good wave, probably one of the best waves I’ve surfed," said Braeden Williams another local surfer. "There's less people that's always a plus."

The top feature has become a really popular place for surfers especially during the summer, in fact a lot more surfers use the wave than kayakers.

But on a January afternoon it was interesting to see the reactions of people passing by on the Greenbelt.

“My reaction is I think they are crazy, but they love it," said Bill Schmidt who frequently walks on the Greenbelt with his wife. "We are surprised if we come be here and there’s nobody here."

Here's a link to the wave cam which also has more information including the current river level.