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  • Surfing in Canada

    Colin Whitbread and JJ Wessels, pictured here, of Southern California set a new North American record for longest wave ever surfed in July when they rode a tidal bore on the Petitcodiac River in Moncton, New Brunswick.
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  • Surfing in Canada

    The two rode a single wave approximately 10 miles. In all they surfed over 20 miles up the river. It took them two and a half hours -- the longest ride of their lives.
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  • Surfing in Canada

    Locals gathered along the banks to watch Whitbread and Wessels pull off the longest ride of their lives. Although the local fire chief fretted about the danger, the town of Moncton has seen a surge of international interest in surfing the bore.
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  • Surfing in Canada

    New Brunswick's Petitcodiac River flows south to the Bay of Fundy and has some of the highest tides in the world.
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  • Surfing in Canada

    Twice a day, at high tide, the Bay of Fundy spills back into the mouth of the Petitcodiac River against the current, creating a monstrous wave that shoots back up the river for miles. That wave is called a tidal bore, a phenomenon that happens in only a few places on Earth.
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  • Surfing in Canada

    In the '60s, a dam was placed on the Petitcodiac and it became shallow, clogged with silt and polluted. The water is thick and brown, prompting some to call it "a chocolate river." The locals have tended to avoid it, thinking the water is toxic.
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  • Surfing in Canada

    The tidal bore had all but disappeared until three years ago, when New Brunswick opened the flood gates, hoping to bring the river back. Colin Whitbread shown here surfing a wave.
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  • Surfing in Canada

    Since Whitbread and JJ Wessels' record-breaking ride in July, the Petitcodiac River has attracted international attention and surfers from as far away as Norway have come to experience the tidal bore. Suddenly chilly Moncton has become a hot spot for surfing.
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  • Surfing in Canada

    Moncton will never be Malibu, but that's the point. Whitbread and Wessels maintain their bragging rights. "We equated it to like Duke Kahanamoku was the guy who brought surfing to California and brought surfing to the world and how people must have seen him riding waves," Whitbread said. "It must have been the same thing for some of these Canadians who had never seen surfing in their lives."
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