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    Introducing the Flyweight and Winner of Outside Magazine's Gear of the Year Award

    Introducing the Flyweight and Winner of Outside Magazine's Gear of the Year Award

    Introducing the newest addition to the Badfish inflatable lineup the FLYWEIGHT! Weighing in at only 18 pounds, the Flyweight weighs less and packs down even smaller and easier than your average inflatable paddleboard. Our new AirLite drop stitch technology allows us to shed weight without compromising rigidity and durability. We are so proud to announce that the FLYWEIGHT design is also the winner of Outside Magazine's Gear of the Year Award for 2021! The board comes equipped with all the features and quality you would expect from Badfish, including a removable water bottle holder, removable fins, built-in action camera mount, and tie-downs.

    Review: Rivershred

    Review: Rivershred

    "This is a board that you will want to take home to meet your parents."

    Review By: Brian Berge from Next Adventure Paddle Sports

    Value Rating: 10

    Durability Rating: 10

    Overall Rating: 10

    Location of Test: Clackamas River Confidence Run

    Duration of Test: Full Day

    Product Name: Rivershred SUP

    Product Brand: Badfish

    Best Use: Hard charging whitewater

    Have you heard?? Our Badfish whitewater SUP demos have just landed at Next Adventure's Paddle Sports Center! This is a game changer for those of you wanting to run whitewater in a whole new style. These boards are so sick, and I've had so many ants in my pants waiting for them. As soon as they arrived, I took the opportunity to run the cream of the crop, the Rivershred, on the Confidence Run of the Upper Clackamas River during a Get Out and Paddle. It was magic. This is a whole new board shape for me and I'm gonna tell you all about it...

    The most notable feature of this board is the huuuuge rocker that runs the length of the board from nose to tail. This board is shaped like a banana. This allows for you to punch through holes with ease, gliding you right up and over the water. Rarely did I see water rise up over the front deck and when it did it shed off the side in no time at all. In addition to that this board holds its width throughout a majority of the board. Sitting at 36" wide in the center with slight tapering towards the tail and a little more aggressive tapering towards the nose, this is a stable board. Carrying the width towards the tail of the board gives you incredible stability while the tapering effect towards the nose means this board can still cruise. Stable, fast and the ability to punch through waves. This is incredible. It paddles so smooth.

    If ever there was a board designed to crush a wave train with ease it is this board. I can't say enough good things about the rocker and stability of this board. That is the combination you're looking for when it comes to whitewater SUPing. You need a paddleboard that is stable enough to run those rough waves but you don't want to be taking on water or sacrificing speed to do so. In comes that rocker. While at the peak of a wave your back foot will control the direction of the board and the board has your back as you enter the next wave in the train. The nose is already angled up to project you up and over. Wave trains all day.

    Full review posted on Next Adventure's Website

    (Re)Shaping Adventure

    (Re)Shaping Adventure

    SALIDA, CO (Aug. 10, 2017) — The origin story of Colorado’s original standup paddle board company — Badfish SUP — is adding another chapter. Call it a rebirth. Call it a renaissance. Or,as company co-founder Mike Harvey likes to call it, a “re-independenting.”

    While the expression may not exactly roll off the tongue, it’s the perfect description of the originally independent and always inventive surf and SUP company’s return to its riverside roots. After a fruitful 6-year partnership with Boardworks Surf in Carlsbad, CA, Badfish SUP has announced it is not renewing the licensing agreement and is once again handling all aspects of business from its corporate headquarters alongside the Arkansas River in Salida, CO, effective immediately.

    Mirroring the classic tale of a garage band that has outgrown its first big label, Badfish has forged its own production company in order to expand its creative offerings. The new Badfish remix will focus on a fresh variety of top-quality inflatable SUPs, performance river-runners and high-end epoxy river-surfing boards in both SUP and shortboard shapes. And like that burgeoning band, co-founders Harvey and Zack Hughes have brought in industry rock star LukeHopkins as an equal partner poised to push them to the top through added expertise in design,manufacturing, sales and distribution.

    “I like to think of it as Badfish+,” says Hopkins, a passionate paddler and longtime outdoor industry guru. “Zack and Mike have done something great: They’ve created their own sport of river SUP that other brands have been trying to catch up to ever since. Now Badfish+ is expanding into even more innovative products, features and designs, with the ability to offer service that parallels product quality.”

    Photographer: Kelsey Thompson

    Drawing on a lifelong surfing background from his native San Diego and a successful stint as a freestyle kayaking pro, Hughes began shaping river surfers designed to maximize his rides at the local Salida Whitewater Park in 2008. Those waves just happened to be built by Harvey, a renowned river park designer and budding standup paddler who was seeking the same result from the other direction. The merging of minds soon led to the birth of Badfish.

    Since diving in full-time in 2010, the pioneering watermen behind Badfish SUP have benefited from the ultimate backyard river surfing laboratory to create a new culture based around their cutting edge designs. They’ve been shaping adventures ever since, now unleashed to further explore the evolution of the sport they helped establish.

    “Rivers and surfing are still our core passion, but going back out on our own allows us to offer more cool products for all types of paddling,” says Harvey. “We’re expanding into categories we previously didn’t offer. From everyday family use on flat water to adventure paddling, fishing and travel-friendly boards, now we’ve got a board for anywhere there’s water.”

    Photographer: Kelsey Thompson

    Badfish SUP will be introducing its complete line of versatile inflatables, performance surfers and feature-rich river-runners to retailers this winter, with boards available in spring 2018. In addition to Hopkins, the talented team of progressive board-riding ambassadors includingSpencer Lacy, Mike Tavares, Natali Zollinger, Brittany Parker and Miles Harvey will be making the migration to re-independence alongside Badfish. Join them and come check out the new shape of adventure.