Jacob Kelly


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Allow me to introduce myself

For those of you who don't know me, I'm on a mission to bring surfing to the landlocked. My passion is working with Neil Egsgard at
Surf Anywhere; an organization we started to help build waves and accelerate the development of river surfing communities around the world. But as you can see below, I'm involved in all things river surfing.

Jacob Kelly Quinlan

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Alberta River Surfing Association

Alberta River Surfing Association


We started the Alberta RSA because surfing was the best part of our day, week, year and we wanted to constructively build that into the river surfing culture. Over ten years of community development has built a model for river surfing communities around the world to follow.

Surf Anywhere


Our mission is simple, build waves, build community, spread the stoke. Check out our portfolio.

Bachelor Of Applied Communications, Electronic Publishing


Mount Royal University. Dean’s List.

RiverSurfing.ca Co-creator


Worked with Neil Egsgard to create the largest database of river surfing media and culture.  Soon replaced by Facebook the website was not used to its full potential but brought together the international community at the time.

Riverbreak Contributing Author


Over the years I've been witness to some milestone events in river surfing.  Seeing the importance to document these events I've provided event coverage to the international river surfing magazine, Riverbreak.  I've also written articles on the topic of fundraising and community building.

Surf Instructor


With river surfing instruction being so new I had the pleasure of designing a curriculum with Alberta river surfing pioneer Jeff Brooks. We developed methods to increase the success of beginners. Later I worked with the international river surfing community to improve safety standards. In 2016 I began sharing this knowledge with other communities.

European Tour


Traveled to Munich, Germany to speak at the Forum Flusswellen on the topic of river surfing associations. Continued on to surf 10 waves around the continent. Most of which were man made waves making it a research trip for our wave building efforts back home.

Swift Water Rescue Certified


Public Speaking


3rd Wave Building Forum, Nuremberg, Germany (remote).  Speaking on event creation and burnout within River Surfing Associations.

Community Advisor


Working with river surfing communities around the world to consult on fundraising, community values, competition and events, the importance of registering a river surfing association officially, and lessons and safety.



I love to write and document the development of our sport.


I have worked with various clients in the river surfing community to develop simple to complex websites.


From Slam the Kan to Wave Raiser I have over five years experience creating events catering to the river surfing world.


I am a communicator and photography is another tool in the tool box of a story teller. Although not classically trained I think my education as a designer has given me a good eye for how the light hits the lense.


Working to create a river surfing lessons curriculum was one of the many examples of working inside a team to develop something new.


I'm on a mission to surf 100 river waves and only hope to make that 200 once my first hundred are discovered and surfed.




Suf Instruction


Web design


Event Planing


Film Making


Public Speaking


Writing Samples

The Ultimate Winter Setup

Winter surfing is the harshest elements for the greatest reward. My current winter setup is the 5.5/4 Flashbomb, 5mm Flashbomb gloves and 5mm Dawn Patrol boots. A warm setup for surfing in the snow is critical to success in surfing. The two things you need most in a winter suit is warmth and flex. Cold muscles have to work twice as hard as warm ones and in a restrictive suit that can mean cutting your session down to one quarter what you can pull off on warm days.

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You are your actions

surrounded in a foreign land
filled with white puffy dryer lint seemingly falling from the air, appearing from thin air
the flakes of the snow don’t fall but drift
finding the pattern of flight that was right from them
large fluffy but weightless objects, acting as if unrestricted by the forces of this world

the flakes so big
I open my mouth, tongue out and facing the sky
I catch flake after flake, some as big as my entire exposed tongue

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Epic Skook

I’m told it is 4:30am but dreams never have clocks. I tried organizing gear on the frosty dock, relying on my other senses to guide me. Soon I was gripping my arms around James Mole. A man I knew very little but now trusting my life with. The sound of the jet ski engine filled my ears as we levitated across the pristine glassy river. The pirate flag flying at my back, a much needed safety blanket in a time of angst. The crack of dawn cut into the glorious mountain valley as the brisk air cut into my nostrils. It is hard to tell if my shaky legs are nervous or chilled. Through the sound of the ski and the raging rapids getting louder with our approach James calls out, “Can I take you through the tour?” I’m hesitant but call out with a Lion’s roar, “Yeah!” As brave as I sounded to James I knew the tour was not a happy place. The tour is where surfers go to die. I grew calm as James steered me through with ease and control. We powered through a huge rapid and I got a shot of salty river water to the face. When we pulled up to Main Wave the dream became a reality. I was looking at the wave of my dreams but the difference is I was going to actually surf it.

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