After years of brainstorming, prototyping, surfing, and Stand Up Paddling rivers, a new type of SUP was born

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Badfish Stand Up Paddleboards are designed and built by mountain-based watermen Mike Harvey, and Zack Hughes.  Paddling whitewater rivers is all about dealing with opposing hydraulic forces, from running through holes and wave trains to crossing boiling eddy fences, and it requires a craft that can remain stable in a chaotic environment. There is one company that is leading the charge with very innovative and unique SUP boards designed specifically for these challenging river conditions: Badfish Standup Paddle Company. Badfish boards are designed and built by mountain-based watermen, located in Salida, Colorado at the foot of 14,000 foot peaks on the Arkansas River. After four years of brainstorming, prototyping, surfing, and stand up paddling rivers, a new type of SUP board is born.

Mike Harvey and Zack Hughes

Mike Harvey. Since 2000, Mike has been working with Recreation Engineering and Planning (the country’s leader in whitewater park design) to design and build whitewater parks all over North America. Mike was the Project Manager for planning, design and construction of the first two river surfing specific standing waves in the US in the Salida Whitewater Park in 2010, providing Badfish with the ultimate advanced river surfing laboratory.

Zack Hughes. Born and raised in San Diego Zack has been surfing and skateboarding since the days when mullets and Trans-Ams were cool. Drawn to Colorado and later Honduras to be a whitewater rafting guide, Zack quickly became one of the top freestyle kayakers in the golden years of the mid-90s. With his surfing background and kayaking expertise, Zack shapes boards that are completely relevant to the new sport of whitewater SUP.