Permastoked with Derik Hyatt

Jacob Kelly Quinlan - To Where the River Surf Flows

November 23, 2020

#PERMASTOKED, Episode 19: Jacob Kelly Quinlan – To Where the River Surf Flows…Now Available Free for Streaming and Download on the Alexa AppiTunes / Apple Podcasts at,  DeezerPandoraPodbeanGoogle Podcasts at at RadioTuneIn or wherever you get your podcasts.  You can also Watch the Show on our YouTube Channel at  Be sure to Listen, Rate, Review and Share!

In this episode, Derik Hyatt interviews Vice President of the Alberta River Surfing Association and Co-Founder of Surf Anywhere, Jacob Kelly Quinlan.  Tune in to hear them discuss the history of river surfing in Alberta, the Kananaskis River Wave, what it takes and how to build a river wave in your community, discovering river waves around the world, and much more!

Jacob Kelly Quinlan learned to surf in Australia.  However, upon his return home to Alberta, substitutes such as snowboarding, longboarding and SUP didn’t seem to scratch the itch; until he was introduced to river surfing on Calgary’s Tenth Street Wave!  River surfing soon took over his life, and for over a decade, he has traveled around the world growing the sport, competing, promoting safety, building new waves and fostering community around river waves.  He has introduced hundreds of people to river surfing by providing lessons and many more through his efforts as the Vice President of the Alberta River Surfing Association.  He played an integral role in fundraising for and building the world’s first government approved, community-built river wave in the Kananaskis.  In 2018, Jacob and friends began filming their expeditions.  Unsurfed Afghanistan is now released to the festival circuit and due for international release in 2021.    

You can connect with Jacob Kelly Quinlan on Instagram at @jacob.kelly.surfs and on his YouTube Channel.  Also, be sure to check out,, and The Wave We Choose.

This episode is dedicated to the memory of Pickering native and kiteboarding legend Jason 'Ghostrider' Maloney who passed away November 15, 2020 in an accident kiteboarding 'doing what he loved to do' at Cherry Beach in Toronto.  Condolences go out to his family, friends and the kiteboarding community.  May you rest in peace Jason 'Ghostrider' Maloney

This episode was recorded on November 18, 2020.  It is family friendly with only minimal and minor swearing, but no F-Bombs!

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We acknowledge that this podcast is recorded on the unceded, ancestral and occupied traditional territory of the Anishinabek Nation: the People of the Three Fires known as Ojibwe, Odawa and Pottawatomie Nations and further give thanks to the Chippewas of Saugeen and the Chippewas of Nawash, now known as the Saugeen Ojibway Nation, as the traditional keepers of this land.  As we live, work, surf and play, we say Mahalo to the MétisInuit and Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island and from around the world, who have stewarded these lands and sacred surf spots for thousands of years.

Mark Malibu & The Wasagas for providing our intro music “Hey Chiwawa” off their 2009 album Crash Monster Beach, our outro music “End of Summer” and “Twelve Year Itch” off their 2017 album Return of the Wasagas.  For more information, visit and listen to them on Spotify or iTunes.

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