"PIPE IS IN."
You don't have to live on Oahu's North Shore to surf monster waves. The Montana/Idaho edition of "surfing Pipe" involves a drysuit, stinky people, and one gorgeous, green, glassy wave on the Lochsa River.
The Lochsa is about an hour and a half from the bustling metropolis of Missoula, and nice-looking days draw nice-looking crews of river-people out from the woodworks. The whole stretch is about 8 miles (according to my uber-sensitive nose radar), and it packs in some great Class III-IV rapids. Lochsa Falls feels like a car accident if you haven't been in a boat all winter.... like yours truly.
Since moving to Missoula, I've noticed a lot of SUPpers in this neck of the woods. SUP is a totally dude-ical acronym for Stand-Up Paddleboarding. I'm not sure if they're invasive or endemic to local waterways. They rip up the surf waves just like dem kayaker-peeps!
Well, a good day on the water often finishes up with a good dose of post-paddle gab and catching up. Matt Sylvester is one of Montana's native rippin' paddlers.
He summarizes Pipeline as "tasty surfing treats," which is Sylvester-speak for really effing fun.