We saw a lot in over a three decades of river surfing adventures. Now we are turning these experiences into tools we can share.
The River Surfing Revolution is here.
We work with surfers, cities and wave teams around the world to create lasting river waves with great cultural, economic and environmental returns. Surf Anywhere builds the waves and surroundings to best fit the needs and desires of the community. We are committed to constantly improving wave technology, design and the overall experience of users and spectators.
Empowering communities to build waves is the way forward.
Surf Anywhere helps surfers form strong and effective communities so they can build better waves and build them faster. We help strengthen existing communities so they can better improve and protect the surfing experience. Our mission is to build waves, build community and spread stoke. We are here to help you.
Completed Wave Projects
Surf Anywhere was contracted to provide the design details needed to to create a surf wave at Bend Whitewater Park. The wave was created from an under performing feature. The resulting wave is major Bend highlight and the best manufactured river surfing in the world wave as of 2017.
• Analysis of existing feature
• Wave design details to transform existing feature into surf wave
• Detailed examples of existing waves and why they work
• Design goals
• Explaining the plan to the local river surfing community
Wave Quality: Glassy, steep, wide surf wave
Characteristics: Shallow water over kicker making deep wave
Width: 40’ (12m)
Wave Height: 3.5’ to 5′ (1m to 1.5m)
Flow Range: 400 to 1200+ cfs (10 to 34+ cms)
Adjustable: Yes. Pneumatic adjustment of steel plates when flow is on or off. Some manual adjustment.
Comments on Services
“You were instrumental in communicating the design goals, providing examples, and suggesting design modifications.” – Jason Carey, River Restoration – Hydraulic Engineer for Bend Whitewater Park
“Thank you so much, you guys have made a lot of people really happy around here!” – Bend Surf Park Alliance
Surf Anywhere designed and built this feature for the Alberta River Surfing Association. This wave was created from a flat river section. This feature is part of the Surf Anywhere Wave Lab where we test different wave designs at full scale. This river shuts off to almost no flow daily (< 30 cfs / < 1 cms).
• Wave design, engineering and construction
• Access and egress design and construction
• Spectator area design and construction
• Project management
• Wave tweaking
Wave Quality: Glassy, steep, fast surf wave
Characteristics: Thick flow into pool above deep shaped bottom
Width: 15’ (5m)
Wave Height: 3’ (1m)
Flow Range: 700 to 1300+ cfs (20 to 36 cms)
Adjustable: Yes. Manual adjustment when flow is off. Flow is off daily.
Comments on Services
“This is the best wave ever on the river!” – river users (let’s pull survey data for a better quote and a name)
“Thank you for creating such a good wave and such an amazing surf community!” – Alberta River Surfing Association
Brandýs nad Labem
Surf Anywhere provided design and wave concept assistance to the surfers building this wave. The resulting wave was the first constructed river wave in Czech Republic, created a local surf scene and it was completed for an incredibly low total project cost.
• Wave design and construction detail assistance
• Troubleshooting construction issues
• Education on wave fundamentals
Wave Quality: Smooth wave in limited space
Characteristics: Low and shallow flow into pool
Wave Height: 1.5’ (0.5 m)
Flow Range: 350 cfs (10 cms)
Adjustable: Yes. Some manual adjustment when flow is off.
Comments on Services
“Thank you for your help and advice! You are part of our team” Honza Marsik, Local Project Lead and Wave Builder
President and Wave Builder
Neil Egsgard founded Surf Anywhere in 2008. He built and consulted on river waves across North American and Europe. The wave projects include some of the best manufactured waves such as the Mountain in Canada and Bend in the USA. In 2021, he completed 18 months of research into new ways of shaping surf and kayak river waves. The research is being turned into full scale waves and those projects are in the engineering phases. The research results and resulting engineered waves systems are being published under a Creative Commons license. The research also produced a published scientific paper. Aside from wave building and design, Neil has built and led the Alberta River Surfing Association since 2005, created and managed major river surfing events, created river surfing safety signage and public data, surfed river waves around the world, and much more. Neil holds a H.B.Sc. from the University of Toronto majoring in Physics and minoring in Mathematics and German.
Jacob Kelly Quinlan
Communications and Culture
Jacob Kelly founded Surf Anywhere in 2008 and directs communications, media creation, fundraising, promotions, community management and has run a successful lessons and gear sales startup. Jacob is passing the torch for local business to concentrate on the international efforts of Surf Anywhere but still offers lots of coaching and development for surf lessons and event planning. Jacob has been river surfing since 2005 and is on his way to surfing over 100 river waves. Jacob is part of a network of river surfing’s great pioneers, community leaders, wave engineers, athletes and business owners. This network shares information on all things river surfing and can offer a lot of insights to any project.
Where do you want to start?
Try reaching out and starting the conversation. Whether you’re on your own, landlocked and surf stoked or you’re halfway through building a wave we’re hear to listen.