River Run Park
River Run Park (RRP) is a free whitewater park that proves that low flow rivers like the S. Platte can produce fun surfable waves. It might not be a Glenwood Springs wave but the three surfable waves at RRP are a blast and have quickly grown the river surfing scene in Metro Denver. There are six drops but only three surfable waves that two are adjustable real time and one that is adjusted as needed off season. RRP is minutes south of Denver.
RRP starts producing surfable waves at 80 CFS +/- and can handle over a thousand cfs on one of the waves. Best flow to surf are as follows.
"CHICLETS WAVE": First RRP drop located next to the pedestrian bridge at the main park area, named after blocks that look like chiclets gum from above on the bridge. Chiclets comes in at about 100cfs and can handle up to about 350cfs. Is a good beginners wave.
"BENIHANA'S WAVE": 2nd RRP wave going up stream and is named after Ben Nielsen, the main design engineer for RRP, and for the famous skateboard trick of the same name. This wave is a 'WaveShapper' and is adjusted realtime to make the wave more surfable with 3 hydraulic flaps. Wave comes in at 180cfs but is only adjusted when flow is 200cfs. The wave's top end of flow is unknown but has been surfed at over 1,200cfs. Benihana's is a novice wave to expert wave. Learn Chiclets first and hit Benni's.
"NIKKI’s" aka "WAVE SIXX": Is the sixth wave counting drops going up stream from Chiclets. It is about a 10 minute walk up the bike path (watch out for cyclists) and is at the solar panel that operates the 'WaveShaper' adjustable flap. Sixx can be surfed at insanely low flows but really comes in at 130cfs and tops out at 350cfs+/-. Currently the wave has to be approved by the WaveShaper volunteers to be surfed so keep an eye on the surf reports. Nikki's/Sixx is novice to expert wave because it is a steep fast wave that is similar to a sheet wave. Watch some locals on how to surf Nikki's/Sixx and bring a very short board.
NOTE: Be cool and thankful to the WaveShaper volunteers who take time from their day during the season to shape Benihanas and Sixx.
MORE INFO AT http://endlesswaves.net/waves/river-run-park/