Before river surfing, thrill seekers were forced to sneak onto a rock-concert stage and leap board-first onto waves of angry humans. Learn to ride waves that can’t punch you in the head in retaliation with today’s Groupon to Capilano Riverboarding. Choose from the following options:
- For $67, you get a three-hour riverboarding adventure for one (a $135 value).
- For $180, you get a three-hour riverboarding adventure for three (a $405 value).
- For $330, you get a three-hour riverboarding adventure for six (an $810 value).<p>
Each adventure includes: * Certified guides * Neoprene socks, helmet, fins, lifejacket, and board * Transportation back to the starting point<p>
Wetsuits are not included with your Groupon. Customers may choose to bring their own or rent a wetsuit for an additional $17–$27.
During three-hour odysseys, Capilano Riverboarding’s owner Skye MacLeod and his team of professional guides shepherd students through the twisting whitewater rapids and narrow canyons of Capilano River. Groups meet at the launch site to change into wetsuits and provided neoprene socks, and lifejackets before guides discourse on river safety, hand signals, and how to exploit the river’s deepest fears. Aquatic pupils don helmets and fins, seize their boards, and embark on 30-minute upstream training sessions to acquaint themselves with paddling and manoeuvring. Groups avoid flash mobs of spawning trout as they follow guides through the churning wakes of Class III and IV rapids that run 4 kilometres into the forest. At the exit point, adventurers paddle to shore to hop onto transportation which spits out river rats back at the starting point to set off on up to two additional river runs.
Students must be fit and able swimmers, and must be able to make the brief hike from the exit site to their car transport. All of Capilano Riverboarding’s guides are certified in swift-water rescue, and can confidently lead their charges in all seasons and various weather conditions. Though he has navigated rivers in South America and Asia, Skye MacLeod grew up by the Capilano River, and has learned to respect it in much the same way as bakers respect their flamethrowers.
The guides at M4 Riversurfing set students loose on intense whitewater rapids and narrow canyon rivers armed with only a riverboard. After donning gear and going over safety at the launch site, the group trains for 30 minutes to get acquainted with paddling and manipulating the board—particularly necessary when matched up with a bucking board that hasn't been broken. Participants then ride deep into the forest along an adrenaline-inducing four-kilometre stretch that includes Class III and IV rapids which feature large waves and require sharp maneuvering. Throughout the experience, the guides keep a close eye on the proceedings, relying on their certifications in swift-water rescue to keep the experience safe.
4500 Capilano Park Rd.
North Vancouver, British Columbia V7R 4L4