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
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.
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.
Badfish owner Mike Harvey and team rider Miles Harvey hit Durango this week to try out the new Shortboard the Sk8. Check it out!