Surfer's paradise: Man rides weird Indian river wave for 5km

A SUPER tide last month created a river wave in India which could be surfed for over 40km.

The locals call it the Baan and JetSurf's Everaldo "Pato" Teixeira was among the first in the world to surf this natural phenomenon.

The tidal river bore surges up the Hooghly River, a tributary of the Ganges on the daily high tide, destroying fishing boats, small structures and sweeping unfortunate livestock before it.


Large ships huddled together in the channel for safety and ferries were cancelled due to the destructive power of the wave.

The city of 15 million people witnessed surfing history as a group of professional surfers, including Pato on his JetSurf motorised surfboard, met to ride the river wave.

Pato chose a ProRace to tackle the tidal bore, which travels at over 20 km/h and creates long, perfect, peeling waves on both banks of the river.

"JetSurf lets me hit sections of the wave which can't be surfed on a regular board," Pato said.

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"Just squeeze the trigger and you're where you need to be."

Pato was able to keep up with the wave as it barrelled up the sacred river.

He rode the 2m bore right through Kolkata, hitting the solid wall of water with fast turns and powerful carves.

Luckily Pato's Pro Race kept him out of the water so he didn't need to paddle around in the soupy mix of dead animals and effluent.

Emerging after an epic 5km long ride, Pato was beaming,

"That was crazy, Bro," he said, as crowds who witnessed the historic event cheered in agreement.


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