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    Badfish Blog — Events

    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.

    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

    FUNC Fest Montrose, Colorado-Late Season Colorado SUP Racing

    FUNC Fest Montrose, Colorado-Late Season Colorado SUP Racing

    The Montrose Colorado Water Sports Park (Whitewater Park) is a gem for Colorado Paddlers. With 6 features, 4 of which are great for surfing stand up boards, the Uncompahgre River through the Montrose Park is unique for the State of Colorado. Most of our rivers run during the spring/early summer run off period and then taper off as the summer progresses forcing Colorado based paddlers into the larger rivers that still have enough flow. However the Uncompahgre has irrigation flows that allows the river to run at optimal flows from April-September. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IG2R2evnKS0 Capitalizing on this long season the City of Montrose started the FUNC (Fun on the UNCompahgre) Fest last year and it returns this year on July 30th in what is sure to become a staple of the Colorado river racing calendar. Last year's event featured stand up paddleboarders racing alonside whitewater kayakers in two events, a downriver sprint race in the morning and a head to head cross race in the afternoon. The community really came out for the event and the banks were packed during the afternoon cross race. Live music, beer, food vendors...Montrose knows how to throw a party. The City is really supporting paddling through this event with cash prizes for both men and women's classes. Come out and support this great new event at a down time in the calendar in Colorado. If you are driving west to the Outdoor Retailer show in SLC the next week Montrose is on your way! You can get more info and register at the FUNC Fest website. Hope to see you there! -Mike Harvey, Salida, CO

    Colorado SUP Championships

    Colorado SUP Championships

    Badfish SUP, in partnership with Surf Salida and The FIBArk (First In Boating on the Arkansas) Whitewater Festival, is excited to announce the Colorado SUP Championships at the 66th annual FIBArk Festival in Salida, CO June 16-19. FIBArk is that nation's oldest whitewater festival continuously running (since 1949) on the world class whitewater of the Arkansas River. The event is hosted in Salida's downtown historic business district and includes live music, carnival and food vendors on the streets of this one of a kind Colorado Mountain Town. https://youtu.be/dPCVgszMI_8 One week after the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado, FIBArk is must attend event for any stand up paddler wishing to experience whitewater paddling and river surfing in one of the greatest whitewater towns in the Country. This year's Colorado SUP Championships will be hosted over three days and include a river surfing contest, head to head SUP Cross racing and a 10 mile downriver race through class II/III whitewater with cash prizes for the top three overall in the women's and men's classes. June is prime time in Colorado and the Colorado SUP Championships is the perfect finale for anyone ready to experience the high point of the Colorado paddling season...run off.

    Mike Tavares surfing 'Office Wave'
    With world class river surfing on the Arkansas, the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs, and the legendary Big Sur wave, Colorado goes off in June. The Arkansas River Valley between Salida and Buena Vista includes two whitewater parks with easy access river surfing and miles of fun river to run on a stand up board. https://vimeo.com/135368595
    Yaku and Morgan battle during the head to head cross race
    The FIBArk Festival includes whitewater kayaking competitions, running races, and the world famous Hooligan Race all concentrated in downtown Salida. Stay tuned to Badfishsup.com and FIBArk.com for details and start planning your trip to Colorado in June to experience the incredible energy the runoff brings to our world class whitewater rivers. Please email Badfish for with any questions in the meantime. -Mike Harvey, Salida, CO

    2015 GoPro Mountain Games Recap

    2015 GoPro Mountain Games Recap

    The GoPro Mountain Games is always a highlight of the summer. The Vail Valley Foundation puts on an incredible show with many of the world's best outdoor athletes from a variety of sports turning out to celebrate the outdoor lifestyle right in the middle of Vail Village. Team Badfish dominated the SUP events taking 10 of 15 possible podium spots. Here are the full results: Downriver SUP Sprint Results S2 2 Person SUP Cross Results SUP Cross Results Here's a video with some highlights from the weekend. Off to Idaho and the Payette River Games next! -Mike Harvey, Salida, CO https://vimeo.com/130219083