Tuck Fest 2015 Recap


Tuck Fest

US National Whitewater Center – Charlotte, NC

Tuck Fest

The Charlotte National Whitewater Center is a place unlike any paddling destination in the US. First off, as the name implies, it’s a world-class destination for whitewater paddling, featuring one of the largest man made whitewater rivers in the world with multiple channels. It has quickly become one of the best training grounds for whitewater SUP, featuring 3 different channels with almost every level of paddling from class II to Class IV.

If you look a little closer at the center, you will also see that it holds excellent venues for flatwater SUP, mountain biking, climbing, ziplines, and many more outdoor activities. Add in the 100 beers they have on tap, great food, and one of the largest outdoor festivals complete with great music overlooking the river, and its easy to see why Tuck Fest this year was an insane event.

Team Boardworks/Badfish was in full effect at this years Tuck Fest including, Michael Tavares, Haley Mills, Guillermo Loria, Jonah Logan, Zack Hughes, and Spencer Lacy, as well as many of our supporters and fellow paddlers from the southeast! This year was a year of many firsts for Tuck Fest…

Tuck Fest 2015 boasted the hardest and most technical whitewater SUP race ever in history. The final combined 3 different races and culminated in a Giant Slalom Race down the Class IV competition channel under the lights with thousands of festival partiers lining the banks! In the end, it was Spencer Lacy taking the crown in the men’s and Haley Mills taking the women’s title. The men rounded out the podium with Michael Tavares in second and Luke Hopkins in Third. Mike, Haley, and Spencer were all paddling the Badfish 9.0 MVP Boardworks models!

The Center also upped the ante on the flatwater race on the Catawba River, increasing the length to 8 miles up the river fighting the current to the dam. Team Paddlers Spencer Lacy and Jonah Logan took first and second on their fast and smooth Boardworks Eradicator 14’s!

The Boardworks and Badfish boards were a perfect compliment for Tuck Fest this weekend and showed to excel in both the whitewater and flatwater races. Zack Hughes, co-owner and shaper of Badfish, was on hand paddling at the event. Zack and the rest of the team showed the performance and versatility of the Badfish line. During the three races the team paddled the MCIT, MVP 9.0, MVP 10.6, MVP 9.0 Slim, MVPX 12.6, and also surfed the new IRS in between heats.

For more information on Boardworks Surf and their complete line of Badfish SUP boards, visit www.BoardworksSurf.com

Boardworks Joins the Confluence Outdoor Family


Eight months ago, when we became Confluence Outdoor, we set a high priority goal of bringing a SUP brand into our portfolio. We have been closely watching this growing market to find the perfect partner, and we are proud to say that with J.H. Whitney’s support, our management and steering committee’s vision and planning, and our entire company’s commitment and hard work during a period of great change, we have found that partner in Boardworks. The company has established itself as a true leader and innovator and we are excited to welcome them into our organization.  We know this new partnership will provide an even more well-rounded set of offerings to our consumers and will enhance our ability to foster passion and enthusiasm for outdoor adventure.

Boardworks’ product line includes paddle boards, surf boards, paddles, and accessories under the Boardworks brand name as well as InfinityBadfishMorrelli & MelvinHynson, Strive, and Hansen.  Learn more about Boardworks and their great range of products here. Boardworks’ operations will continue business as usual at their Carlsbad campus. The management teams from both Boardworks and Confluence will work closely together on a plan to determine the best ways to optimize the strengths of each organization to achieve future goals. Mike Fox, Owner of Boardworks, will be staying on to consult and help ensure a smooth transition. It is with great pleasure that we welcome Boardworks to the Confluence Outdoor family! – Sue


Battle of Self Love – A Personal Best Story by Haley Mills

The Battle of the Paddle was the first race that I registered for that I knew I wouldn’t win. Yes, that might seemingly be a negative thought to most, but I consider myself to be realistic. I knew this race would be a a self acceptance competition. I know I have the potential to do my very best, but I always want to challenge myself to raise the bar and push my expectations of how well I can do.

In competition, I become so focused that it feels like I’m the only athlete on the course. I black out and go into what is called “the flow state.” In the flow state, I have had mental and physical breakthroughs. That’s what keeps me competing. In July, I went to Encinitas, CA to surf and visit my amazing sponsor, Boardworks. They gave me a temp job answering phones and helping around the office. They said I helped around the office, but I think it’s because they just like my energy and the fact that I sometimes giggle too much.  So, I ended up renting a room and focusing on surfing and training for the BOP. I tagged along on every training in the North County I could find and bothered so many people picking their brains on “training.”

All I knew was that–

  • I am a sprinter at heart
  • I have enough surf skills for a river girl
  • I am really good at dealing with chaos
  • I had no endurance training
  • Lastly I knew I could do it!!

I had three months to train. I went for it even though I was out of my river element. I was intimidated to register for the elite race and super nervous for the conditions. I became nervous because when I stand beside any body of water, I feel small. I have so much respect for water that sometimes I turn that deep respect into fear. Water has almost taken my life too many times to count, and I have felt its real power.

I was definitely out of my element when I was standing in the sand looking at the huge waves breaking on the reef and being lined up with 40 other women waiting for the horn to sound. Up until now, I had been weighing my options about wearing a helmet or not. Just before the race began, I grabbed my sweet protection helmet. This helmet and I have been in some very intimate situations. I call it my “shit running” helmet, and I only wear it in the most gnarly conditions.

I have achieved so many personal records in this helmet: my first creek race on Homestake, my first 40ft waterfall, survived epic beat downs, and countless celebrations.  As soon as I slipped my shit running helmet on, I felt the power of all those experiences and how I over came them. I have compared my helmet sanctuary to  thunder coats that dogs wear. All of my knowledge felt like water rushing over me. This gave me the confidence that I had been searching for. When I put my helmet on, I turned all of my nervous energy into strength and self love. Preparing to begin such an unfamiliar race, my helmet became the only familiar thing to me and I transformed into a warrior. I was ready to charge!

In my race, the first course lap was my best with an 11:42 minute lap time. We launched from the beach in front of the break. This lap was the shortest and the most technical lap of the entire race. The other course laps included running the chicane and ended at a small channel that made it easier to get out of…if timed correctly. I was completely fired up on how well I did for the first lap, but slowly I started to slip down the rankings once the flat water increased. In the end, I couldn’t care less about how I placed.  All I wanted to do was to finish the race and do the best of my abilities. I completed my personal goal.

After the race I realized that there had been a death on the course……a personal death of doubting myself, my self worth, my potential, my intuition, my fear, and my knowledge. Since BOP, I refuse to have any doubt towards what I can accomplish, how hard I push myself as a competitor, a woman, or as a random girl you see with a paddle. However, I really don’t give myself enough credit for everything I do and for the things I ask my body to do. Why is that? Why don’t I praise myself and send myself positive, encouraging energy? I constantly get lost in all my day dreams of what’s next for me, and what different variations of SUP or Kayaking that I want to learn. I don’t always trust myself. In the back of my mind, I worry. I ask myself, “If it doesn’t work out what’s gonna happen with my sponsors?” Or, “if I don’t win prize money how can I be sure I will be able to afford to make it to the next event?” I need to remember to believe it’s going to happen and it’s gonna work out. It always works out. So why would I doubt it now after seven years?

“There is no thought that you cannot eventually have— just as there is no place that you cannot eventually reach from wherever you are– but you cannot instantly jump to a thought that has a vibrational frequency very different from the thoughts your are usually thinking” Esther Hicks, Jerry Hicks See read more about Haley and follow her blog go to her blog : http://haleyemills.blogspot.com/ Photos by Flux Photography

Boardworks is having a GINORMOUS Surf and SUP DEMO SALE this Week!

FALL is here and it’s time for us to have our GINORMOUS surf and sup DEMO SALE!

it’s happening this week. 4 days – 2 locations.

  • Thursday Nov 6, noon – 6 at Boardworks
  • Friday Nov 7, 9 am – 4 pm at Boardworks 5925 Priestly Drive, Suite 120 Carlsbad Ca 92008
  • Saturday Nov 8, 10 am – 5 pm at Infinity Surfboards
  • Sunday Nov 9, 10am – 2 pm at Infinity Surfboards 24382 Del Prado Dana Point Ca 92629

Sale flyers

Setting Up Your Stand Up Paddleboard For Fishing by Mike Harvey

Article original published by Badfish.

Stand Up Paddling is an incredibly diverse platform for exploring water. At Badfish SUP we are paddlers, surfers and fishermen. I got my first inflatable SUP in 2007 and almost immediately saw the potential for inflatable stand up paddleboards as a tool for fishing. In early 2008 I took the board with me when my family traveled to Tulum, Mexico. I wanted to do some bone fishing but couldn’t afford to pay for guided fishing. I put in with the board at Boca Paila, with my then 6 year old son Miles on board, to go hunt some Bonefish. I caught several bones, cast at some permit and got warned off by a local because apparently I was paddling around in an area where salt water crocs were active with a six year old…my wife is still unimpressed with that one.

Speaking of fishing in Mexico, here is a great video from our friend Trapper Rudd fishing off the Badfisher for Tarpon and Bonefish in a remote spot in Mexico.

In any case the hook was set….SUP fishing is a truly unique platform for fishing. Standing up tall stand up paddlers can spot fish from a much greater distance than fishermen seated in a kayak. A stand up paddleboard is a very stealthy craft to sneak into casting range and playing a landing fish off a SUP is just downright fun.

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The Badfisher inflatable stand up paddleboard was designed specifically for fishing and makes a great option for travel. With multiple Scotty Paddlesports mounting plates and a ton of D rings the Badfisher gives you a lot of options for carrying your gear. There are plenty of options for rigging up your board but here’s the way we set up our boards most of the time:

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The gear we use for a typical day of fishing off the Badfisher Badfisher Inflatable Fishing SUP: I take the bungee cord off for most days of fishing and strap directly to the d rings. Remember the the screws for mounting your Scotty mounts are located in the orange repair kit tube when you first get your Badfisher. Scotty Paddlesports Mounts: Scotty makes a ton of mounts. There are all sorts of options for your three mounting plates. I always go with an anchor mount up front so I can hold my position, a rod holder in the rear (in this case its a fly rod holder, they make rod holders for whatever tackle you prefer) and the Scotty Anchor Kit. There are also good anchor options from NRS if you want a lighter weight anchor for travel that you can then fill with rocks or sand when you get to the water. Small Cooler: I like the Igloo Marine Ultra 54 Quart. I use this cooler for a seat when I am re-tying a fly or rigging something on the board. It’s also handy for carrying your favorite cold beverage ;).  When I am flying somewhere to fish I leave the cooler at home.

Boardfisher Safari Pack from Boardworks Surf: The Safari pack is a very cleverly designed fishing basket. It’s internal PVC frame breaks down and the whole thing fits into a carrying bag so it’s easy to take with you on a trip. The Safari pack has multiple integrated rod holders, a paddle pocket that you can stick the blade into to keep track of your paddle while casting and a big internal basket for your tackle.

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The Boardfisher’s internal PVC frame breaks down so you can easily carry this basket with you for fishing travel

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The internal PVC frame is sturdy and breaks down easily for travel Small Dry Bag: The Boardfisher Safari Pack is made of heavy duty mesh so I like to bring a small dry bag for items I want to keep dry inside the basket. Cam Straps: The variety of D-Rings on the Badfisher give you a lot of options for tying down your gear. In general you need a variety of 1′, 2′ & 3′ long cam straps. These are available at your local paddling store. I would buy more than you think you need to have options for figuring out how you like to strap on your gear.

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The Safari Pack has sturdy d-rings to strap your basket to your Badfisher

You can strap your cooler to the Badfisher using the handle

You can strap your cooler to the Badfisher using the handle Here’s what the board looks like all rigged up and ready to fish.

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The Badfisher all rigged up and ready to fish.

Remember to share your photos, videos and ideas about SUP fishing on our Facebook Page, Instagram @badfishsup and on the SUP Fishing Group Page on Facebook.

Tight lines! -Mike Harvey, Salida, CO

Boardworks Battle of the Paddle 2014 Video – check it out!

This years’ Battle of the Paddle at Salt Creek was a spectacular event. With 6-8ft south swell pumping the 2014 BOP saw some amazing racing with gnarly crashes and unbelievable wave ridng on 12’6 raceboards.  This video captures a feel for the entire event from inside the Boardworks crew. Check out the spills, thrills and comraderey that made this years Battle of the Paddle the best ever.

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