A lifetime of shaping adventure

From the jungles of Honduras to the Sierra Nevada to the backyard classics on the Arkansas River in Colorado, Zack Hughes and Mike Harvey had kayaked all over the world together by the time they both settled down in Salida, Colorado in the late 1990’s to raise their families. Mike was designing whitewater parks throughout North America and saw the possibilities for surfing rivers in a new way. Meanwhile, Zack had been tinkering with ideas for a river surfing board in Salida, shaping short river boards in his garage out of blue board home insulation. In the summer of 2009, Mike tried a paddle board on the Arkansas for the first time and immediately saw the potential for a SUP to surf a river wave. He walked over to Zack’s garage shaping bay a few blocks away, asked Zack to make him a SUP board specifically for river surfing—and Badfish was born. In 2017 the final ingredient was added to the team when former professional kayaker and longtime paddlesports industry guru Luke Hopkins came on board. Luke, Zack and Mike bring their decades of experience in paddling to designing Badfish products…without ever losing sight of that spark of creativity that started in Zack’s garage.

Owners

  • Zack Hughes
    Zack Hughes

    Hometown:
    Salida, CO
    Favorite Spot:
    Cold River & Warm Ocean

     

  • Mike Harvey
    Mike Harvey

    Hometown:
    Salida, CO
    Favorite Spot:
    Arkansas River

     

  • Luke Hopkins
    Luke Hopkins

    Hometown:
    Asheville, NC
    Favorite Spot:
    New River Dries

     

Team

  • Noah Werly
    Noah Werly

    Warehouse & Customer Service Manager
    Hometown
    Nathrop, CO
    Favorite Spot
    Browns Canyon

  • Brittany Parker
    Brittany Parker

    Hometown:
    Glenwood Springs, CO
    Favorite Spot:
    Lochsa River
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  • Bradley Hilton
    Bradley Hilton

    Hometown:
    Grand Lake, CO
    Favorite Spot:
    Yoshino River
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  • Guillermo Loria
    Guillermo Loria

    Hometown:
    Potomac, MD
    Favorite Spot:
    Center Chute, Potomac River
    SUP

  • Hannah Ray J
    Hannah Ray J

    Hometown:
    Manchester, IA
    Favorite Spot:
    Charles City Whitewater
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  • Mike Tavares
    Mike Tavares

    Hometown:
    Richmond, VA
    Favorite Spot:
    Arkansas, Gauley, Snake
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  • Miles Harvey
    Miles Harvey

    Hometown:
    Salida, CO
    Favorite Spot:
    Scout Wave, Arkansas River
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  • Natali Zollinger
    Natali Zollinger

    Hometown:
    Moab, UT
    Favorite Spot:
    Westwater Canyon
    SUP

  • Reta Boychuk
    Reta Boychuk

    Hometown:
    Cochrane Alberta
    Favorite Spot:
    Jatunyacu River, Ecuador
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  • Yuka Sato
    Yuka Sato

    Hometown:
    Amami Island, Japan
    Favorite Spot:
    Colorado
    SUP

  • Shannon Thomas
    Shannon Thomas

    Hometown:
    Dayton, OH
    Favorite Spot:
    Gauley River, WV
    SUP Lessons

  • Spencer Lacy
    Spencer Lacy

    Hometown:
    Boulder, CO
    Favorite Spot:
    The Grand Canyon
    SUP

  • Yacu Takahata
    Yacu Takahata

    Hometown:
    Ome, Tokyo, Japan
    Favorite Spot:
    Mitake, Tokyo
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  • Izzy Hughes
    Izzy Hughes

    Hometown:
    Salida, CO
    Favorite Spot:
    Arkansas River
    SUP

  • Antoinette Toscano
    Antoinette Toscano

    Hometown:
    Queens, NY
    Favorite Spot:
    The Main Salmon River

  • Lily Durkee
    Lily Durkee

    Hometown:
    Takoma Park, MD
    Favorite Spot:
    Youghiogheny/Cache La Poudre

  • Cohen Atkins
    Cohen Atkins

    Hometown:
    Charlotte, NC
    Favorite Spot:
    US National Whitewater Center
    SUP

  • Trey Knight
    Trey Knight

    Hometown:
    Miami, FL
    Favorite Spot:
    Big South Fork, Cumberland River
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  • Brayden Kirby-Billingsley
    Brayden Kirby-Billingsley

    Hometown:
    Ft. Collins, CO
    Favorite Spot:
    Staircase Wave
    SUP

  • Charlie Cindric
    Charlie Cindric

    Hometown:
    Cheney, WA
    Favorite Spot:
    Pipeline Wave, Lochsa
    SUP
    SUP

  • Claire Graff
    Claire Graff

    Hometown:
    Glenwood Springs, CO
    Favorite Spot:
    Snake River, Wyoming
    SUP

  • Emerys Taylor
    Emerys Taylor

    Hometown:
    Durango, CO
    Favorite Spot:
    Animas River
    SUP

  • Kimberley Kenyon
    Kimberley Kenyon

    Hometown:
    Prince George, BC, Canada
    Favorite Spot:
    Quesnel & Caribou River
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  • Vanessa Taylor
    Vanessa Taylor

    Hometown:
    Durango, CO
    Favorite Spot:
    Ponderosa Wave, Animas
    SUP

  • Chris Cindric
    Chris Cindric

    Hometown:
    Cheney, WA
    Favorite Spot:
    Greater Inland Northwest
    SUP

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