August 2022 - Waves Projects Update 
Photos by Josh Padgett (the Mountain) and Mike Kelly (Harvie Passage).

Dear surfers and supporters,

Here is our August 2022 update on river surfing in Alberta. There are a few ways you can help make surfing better in Alberta. More details for each point are below.
  1. Calgary waves - Write your councillor and the Mayor saying you support the Calgary River Wave Park and an adjustable beginner wave at Harvie Passage. Budget decisions are being made this fall and your voice matters!
  2. Mountain Wave Classic - Join us at the Mountain Wave Classic in the Kananaskis to celebrate surfing and camp by the Mountain wave on Fri, August 26 to Sun, Aug 28.
  3. 12m wide adjustable wave in the Kananaskis - Take a look at the new concept engineering drawings for our wave, see the updated project plan and budget, and donate to help fund the build.
  4. Leash use policy at ARSA events - Read the policy and send feedback to us.
Write Calgary mayor and councillors
Find and contact your Calgary councillor and mayor

Calgary council is making budget decisions in Fall 2022 and can approve funding that advances the Calgary river wave park ( The project recently received strong support via a flood impact research report by City of Calgary River Engineering. Your messages to Calgary mayor, Jyoti Gondek, and your councillor will help get funding for the project.

The Harvie Passage Task Force is considering including an adjustable, beginner wave at Harvie Passage and your messages will help get support City of Calgary for this project. 

Messages are most effective when you make them unique to you so please include:
  • Your support for the projects specifically mentioning:
    • Support for $500,000 towards preliminary engineering of the Calgary River Wave Park.
    • Support for an adjustable begginer wave at Harvie Passage.
  • Who you are and what you do.
  • Why waves and these projects are important to you.
  • Your home address and phone number.
  • Pictures of you enjoying the river.
Mountain Wave Classic 2022
Come join us for camping, surfing, a surf competition, and a celebration of surfing in Alberta at the Mountain wave on the Lower Kananaskis River from Friday, Aug 26, to Sunday, Aug 28. Camping is at the Canoe Meadows camping a few hundreds meters from the wave. The event is family friendly and tonnes of fun. If you are camping or competing you need to register in advance at First 30 competition registrants will receive a free and awesome rash guard.

Mountain Wave Classic 2022 - facebook event

Images of the rash guard is below.
Kananaskis adjustable wave - Concept engineering
We have completed the conceptual engineering for the Kananaskis adjustable wave and we have some drawings and project status updates. The adjustable wave will make perfect surf and kayak waves on the Lower Kananaskis River and is a partnership between the Alberta River Surfing Association, Alberta Whitewater Association, and Surf Anywhere with engineering services provided by Applied Ecohydraulics and Rostel Industries. The project is fully funded for engineering, permitting, and part of fabrication and installation. We need your support to complete the funding. We have raised $234,000 cash and still need $28,000 to complete the funding for fabrication and installation.
Concept engineering details
Donate to wave project
Project plan is below.
Status of our current fundraiser is below. We need $28,000. Project costs and budget will be updated after we complete the preliminary engineering, submit for permits, and get updated quotes for fabrication and installation.
Draft leash use policy during ARSA events
ARSA is updating our leash use policy for events. We would like your feedback on the new policy. The policy is above and linked here.
We makes waves together! Thanks for your support! You can become a member of the Alberta River Surfing Association at the link below.
To contact feel free to reach us at

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