Riverboarding, sledding, hydrospeed, ripboard—these are some of the names for the same crazy and highly extreme sport which has recently become quite popular. Check it out only if you are a good swimmer and not afraid to continue your journey across Malaysia with a few bruises and scratches all over your body.
Riverboarding can be practiced on all different kinds of rivers, but it may influence the level of difficulty. However, even the easiest conditions require a person to be in good physical shape, be a good swimmer, and ideally over 15. Each participant is given a plastic floating board, fins, a thick wetsuit, scuba boots, and a helmet. After a bit of thorough training, the real challenge starts and the key opponent in that challenge is the flow of the river, which turns, swirls, bumps, and throws people in its bubbly whitewater among big gray stones. During the whole crazy cruise, river borders should try to stay on board, but if nature manages to prove stronger, skillful guides will stay close to offering a safety line.
Riverboarding is available throughout the whole year, but dry periods are better for first timers as rivers are less powerful. If you choose to riverboard in the state of Perak or Selangor, schedule this event between October and March.