June 07, 2021

Flooded with Fun


Flooded with Fun
Even though SUP surfing is becoming more common in Russia, it doesn't stop people from looking at you funny while doing it.  Photo by Andrea Junqueira via Unsplash

What do you do when your city experiences massive flooding and a sudden increase in summer-like temperatures at the same time? Grab your inflatable flamingo inner tube and hit the "beach," of course! 

This spring, heavy rainfall and melted ice both contributed to particularly strong flooding of the Yenisey River in Krasnoyarsk. Instead of staying away from the potentially dangerous rising water, as strongly suggested by police and government authorities, citizens have decided to take a more adventurous approach. 

Photos are circulating around the internet of citizens enjoying waterfront activities in the city. One particular individual decided to bring out his trusty inflatable flamingo, because why not?

Others chose to partake in stand-up paddleboarding (also known as SUP surfing), which is becoming an increasingly popular sport in Russia. Others just take regular inflatable boats out to enjoy the unusual scenery. 

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