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    CKS Paddlefest 2015

    CKS Paddlefest 2015

    For all of us here at Badfish SUP our season officially starts Memorial Day weekend at CKS's Paddlefest. Paddlefest is a truly unique event hosted by CKS in Buena Vista, CO. With three unique venues (flatwater, store and river) Paddlefest represents a great opportunity to introduce yourself to paddlesports and learn from the best in the industry. Unlike competitions and races where less experienced paddlers are basically spectators, Paddlefest offers, demos, clinics and access to the foremost experts in the industry all weekend long for anyone who can get themselves to Buena Vista. In addition to demos. clinics and the storewide sale at CKS, there are a variety of races, music, fun for kids, the World Premier of Can I Surf That featuring Badfish SUP Team Riders. Of course the star of the show is the Arkansas River during spring run off. Team Badfish paddlers will be all over the event offering demos, teaching clinics and at the CKS storefront to offer advice, knowledge and share our stoke for SUP. Here are some highlights to check out. Browse the Paddlefest website for all the details and we hope to see you on the Arkansas Memorial Day weekend! -Mike Harvey, Salida, CO Surf Session with Team Badfish-Sunday May 24th 10am-Noon. Learn to River Surf with Mike Tavares sign up through the RMOC clinic link on the website. SUP Surf Demo. Come check out the latest Badfish SUP river surfing designs, like the IRS at the Staircase Wave. Saturday May 23rd noon-2pm. Can I Surf That World Premier at the BV Community Center 8pm. Come check out the premier of the ladies river surfing film featuring Badfish SUP athletes like Brittany Parker, Haley Mills and Claire Chappell. https://vimeo.com/115724294 CKS Storewide Sale. All weekend long. CKS offers sales all weekend long at the Main Street retail location. Representatives of the manufacturers are on the floor all weekend to help you with finding the right gear to get you on the water.

    Fins for River SUP

    Fins for River SUP

    The use of fins on standup

    Soft Flex Center Fins in 4.5" and 3"
    Rivershreds come standard with a 4.5″ Soft Flex center fin and 4.5" click fin side bights. We do sell a 3" version of the center fin if you want to have a shorter option for shallower rivers as well as 2" Click-Fin side bights. Click-Fin side bights are a cool new way to change the fin configuration on your paddleboard. Click-Fins slide in and click in place and can be secured with stainless steel grub screws (See video below). Click fins on your Rivershred give you a lot of options. You could paddle with just the center fin if the river is shallow or you don't want to worry about hitting the side bights. Or you could add the side bights when you want additional tracking or if you know you are going to surf, but the important thing to remember is just because your board came with three fins doesn't mean you have to put three fins everytime you paddle. Make fin choices based on conditions and what type of paddling you are doing that day. The I-SK8 comes with three Click-Fin boxes and three 4.5" Click-Fins. With a surfboard you make decisions based on surfing performance. Putting all three fins in will make your feel "stiffer", in other words the board will not turn as quickly. This is a good thing when you are learning or when you are surfing a new wave as the board will not want to slip out on you and will feel more predictable under foot. When you want the board to feel "looser" or turn more quickly you can start by removing your center 4.5" Click-Fin and replacing it with a 2" Click-Fin in the center box. If you really want your board to be loose so you can surf like Miles Harvey you could pick up a couple sets of 2" Click-Fins and surf only 2" fins. The point with surfing is that fins radically change the way the board surfs so you can play around and find the set up you like for your weight, your style and your wave. https://vimeo.com/217423466 River Surfers and SK8's are set up with a tri-fin or thruster fin configuration because the boards are meant for park and surf paddling and a thruster gives your board more speed and agility while surfing. Riding your River Surfer tri-fin will give you more bight and make your board feel “tighter”. Taking out the center fin reduces drag and gives your board a more “loose” feel allowing for tricks like 360’s and Shuv-Its. Check out these two river surfing videos featuring Badfish Pro Mike T for basic and advanced river surfing technique tips as it relates to fins. We only recommend using soft flex fins with your River Surfer, but it should be noted that experienced river surfers do use glass flex or “hard” fins. Composite fins give you many more options for sizes and types of fins and are higher performance, but increase the risk of damaging your board when and if you hit a rock. Paddling Finless Many experienced river paddlers choose to paddle on the river finless. The benefits of paddling without fins are obvious…nothing to hit rocks. The downside is also pretty obvious….the board won’t paddle straight. Advanced paddle strokes allow you to compensate somewhat for this lack of steering and in more technical rivers you are never going straight anyway, so in some cases paddling finless is an excellent choice. I recommend practicing on river runs paddling finless by taking off your center fin (and side bights if you have them) at some point on a river run and try some basic river maneuvers finless. The more you practice, the more forgoing fins will be an option for you when the river dictates. Fins are evolving for stand up paddling in a river so share your ideas and tricks with us too. See you on the river. -Mike Harvey, Salida, CO

    SUP U?

    SUP U?

    This summer we met a new friend, John Fair. John is a professor in the Epic Adventures program at Eastern Washington University in Spokane, WA. Professor John is a Badfish paddler and is using the MVP to teach river SUP and surfing to his students. He sent us this video of two of his students learning to surf for the first time on the MVP. I think this really demonstrates how quick the learning curve is when you are on a board designed for the environment. -Mike Harvey, Salida, CO

    Stand + Descend: Exploring the Rivers of the Canadian Rockies

    Stand + Descend: Exploring the Rivers of the Canadian Rockies

    In the summer of 2016, a group of paddlers from the Canadian Rockies set out to explore rivers in the beautiful Canadian Rocky Mountains on their Badfish inflatables. Emmet Mcpartlin, Michael Kearns, and Brandon Olsthoorn had a goal to take their boards to rivers that had barely been paddled, and that had almost definitely never seen a SUP. That doesn't mean they were paddling the gnarliest water in the Rockies, (though they did find a few crazy sections) - but they're pretty proud of the lengths they went to to get there. They spent hours hiking with boards and gear strapped to their backs, camped in stormy weather, repelled into canyons, and donated pints of blood to the local insect population.
    So why the funk would anyone put themselves through that just to paddle a river? Because accessing those rivers was always a huge part of the adventure - and the paddling itself was amazing! Untouched wilderness, epic views, and a few crazy rapids. They covered a lot of water and came away with some cool stories to tell at the pub!
    Enjoy this edit from the guys adventures exploring the wild and beautiful waters of the Canadian Rockies.

    Colorado SUP Championships 2017

    Colorado SUP Championships 2017

    Badfish is excited to the title sponsor and organizer of the Colorado SUP Championships again for 2017. Taking place during FIBArk weekend, June 15-18 in Salida, CO the Colorado SUP Championships includes a surf contest, cross racing and a 10 mile downriver race. If you've never been to Salida during FIBArk weekend, its not to be missed. North America's oldest whitewater festival FIBArk also includes running races, bike races, free live music, a family style carnival, all in historic downtown Salida with the Arkansas River flowing right through the middle of it. Last year's first Colorado SUP Championships went off with Rebecca Giddens and Mike Tavares winning the overall titles with the best combined results between the surf contest, cross and 10 mile downriver race and taking home fat cash prizes. If you have always wanted to do a river event this is one. Check out our highlights from last year and get registered at on FIBArk.com -See you on the river! Mike Harvey, Salida, CO https://vimeo.com/173392283