This summer the crew met up with Elements Mixed Media in Missoula, MT to paddle and film on Alberton Gorge on the Clark Fork River. Alberton is a classic western Class III/IV whitewater run in a beautiful setting. Alberton is a legend in whitewater with appearances in classic whitewater kayaking videos like Paddlequest so Zack and I were amped to check it out. Alberton did not disappoint. Alberton Gorge may well be the best whitewater SUP run in the Country. Big, deep, powerful rapids with some fun surfing interspersed on a 9 mile run in a beautiful setting make this a must for anyone who can make it to Montana. We were lucky enough to base out of Zoo Town Surfers property, camping above the Gorge, big thanks to Jason for his hospitality. Check out the video. Mike Harvey, Salida, CO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwNYj7SbUNI
It may not be a stand up paddle board but the iSk8 is causing quite the buzz. Our inflatable surfboard, designed for surfing river waves, has been featured in SUPtheMag's 2017 Holiday Gift Guide. The ISk8 makes low water surfing stress free and traveling to surf much simpler. You can roll it up, strap it to your raft or stand up paddle board, and forget about it. You can play with it in ocean waves or pull it behind a boat. It certainly is the gift that keeps on giving. Inflatable SK8 River Surfing Board from Badfish from Badfish SUP on Vimeo.
"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
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.”
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.”
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.