Rideable standing waves exist on waterways with elevation drops and hard structure that create the wave. Sufficient water flow rate and vertical drop play a role in the wave quality and rideablity.
Wind driven swells hit the United States longest coastline with rideable waves of all shapes and sizes. As you learn to read the weather and begin traveling the nooks and crannies of the Great Lakes massive shoreline you will be rewarded with great lake surf sessions.
Early snowboarders designed and rode boards that emulated surfing. As the sport evolved it was influenced and shaped by popular culture. Gymnastics, Skateboarding, Alpine Skiing and Ski Schools all played a roll in shaping the culture.