ExtraHyperActive: What The Hell Is River Bugging ?

What The Hell Is River Bugging ?

Here, I present you another relatively new, crazy, adrenaline-filled water sport -river bugging.
"What is river bugging?" - you ask. In a nutshell, it's river tubing with a twist.



Instead of a tube, you sit in an ... inflatable armchair, pitting your wits (and other parts of your anatomy) against fast-moving rapids, bouncing off rocks and rafting down eddies into icy pools of water below. Your hands are covered in webbed gloves and you also wear short flippers, to help you manoeuvre around the river currents. You also wear the standard "whitewater outfit"- (full body) wetsuit, PFD and a helmet.

The invention of a river bug was inspired by...guess what?...the good old inner tube.
Over the years there have been many attempts to improve the basic tube, making it capable of running harder river rapids. The result is a whole new generation of general purpose high-tech tubes that are easier and faster to propel, with much more control, easier to climb into and out of on the water, surf on waves and ....as comfortable as an armchair.The crafts are made from a durable plastic called Hypalon.


I see river bugging as a mixture of tubing and  riverboarding. Unlike riverboarding, river bugging is ideal for summer river levels so you don't have to wait for the rain and the big water to gain the thrills of the outdoors !

River bugging began in New Zealand about 10 years ago and in 2003 made its way to Scotland. Unfortunately, I couldn't find any information on river bugging in US. So, if you have any information about river bugging in US, I would be happy to hear about it and ,of course, try it!

Photo/video credit - rafting.co.uk

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