- river surfing
- whitewater park
- Bend Oregon
This is the perfect "Can I surf that?" board. The answer is, yes, you can. It's incredibly light but has a generous enough amount of volume that it can surf features that I never imagined surfing on a board this small. Here on the east coast we don't have many (any?) of the perfect, man-made glassy waves, and this board performs the best of any I've tried on the foamy, dynamic, and chaotic natural waves in our rivers. The shape truly is unique and the traction pad and concave deck provide a solid connection to the board that inspires confidence. On larger boards I find that I have to move my back foot side to side to force any sort of rail engagement but the tapered drop rail on this board makes digging in to a turn so much more natural. This is the most "all-around" shortboard I have been on and I continue to be amazed at what can be surfed on this board. Simply put, the board is more talented than I am but I'm excited to keep progressing and I know that this is a board I can continue to advance on for years.
I live in Bend Oregon and have recently started surfing in the whitewater park. We have three waves in Bend and often the bottom wave is the least crowded. I spent a few weeks on an ocean specific 6'10" Fish paddling into the bottom wave getting a feel for the river. It was fun, but the nose would dive and I had to constantly be walking the board to get a very short ride. All that changed with the Badfish SK8 HV. It paddles in effortlessly and once on the wave provides a solid platform for progression and fun. The board feels much more stable than a traditional short board, yet it is still extremely nimble and easy to maneuver. I found popping up to be easy and the concave full length pad gives you mad grip. The board is definitely much more capable than I am, and I look forward to progressing in the sport of river surfing.