Sometimes the best things don’t start with a plan.

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 mid-2000s 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 paddleboard 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 an SUP board specifically for river surfing — and Badfish was born. The creativity and innovation central to Mike and Zack’s partnership has remained the backbone of the Badfish Brand.


  • Zack Hughes
    Zack Hughes

    Salida, Colorado
    Age: 49
    Favorite spot:
    Cold River and Warm Ocean

  • Mike Harvey
    Mike Harvey

    Salida, Colorado
    Age: 43
    Favorite spot:
    Arkansas River

  • Luke Hopkins
    Luke Hopkins

    Asheville, North Carolina
    Age: 39
    Favorite spot:
    New River Dries


  • Mike Tavares
    Mike Tavares

    Richmond, VA
    Age: 36
    Favorite spot:
    Arkansas, Gauley, Snake
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  • Spencer Lacy
    Spencer Lacy

    Boulder, Colorado
    Age: 27
    Favorite spot:
    The Grand Canyon
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  • Natali Zollinger
    Natali Zollinger

    Moab, Utah
    Age: 35
    Favorite spot:
    Westwater Canyon
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  • Brittany Parker
    Brittany Parker

    Rifle, Colorado
    Age: 29
    Favorite spot:
    Pipeline, Lochsa
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  • Bradley Hilton
    Bradley Hilton

    Grand Lake, Colorado
    Age: 28
    Favorite spot:
    Yoshino River, Japan
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  • Miles Harvey
    Miles Harvey

    Salida, Colorado
    Age: 17
    Favorite spot:
    Scout Wave
    Arkansas River

  • Guillermo Loria
    Guillermo Loria

    San Jose, Costa Rica
    Potomac, MD
    Age: 37
    Favorite spot:
    Diagonal Ledges Wave

  • Shannon Thomas
    Shannon Thomas

    Dayton, Ohio
    Age: 33
    Favorite spot:
    Gauley River, West Virginia
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  • Christian Shaw
    Christian Shaw

    Ithaca, New York
    Age: 27
    Favorite Spot:
    Salmon Creek, New York
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  • Hannah Ray J
    Hannah Ray J

    Manchester, Iowa
    Age: 34
    Favorite spot:
    Charles City Whitewater
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  • Trey Knight
    Trey Knight

    Knoxville, TN
    Age: 38
    Favorite spot:
    South Fork, Cumberland
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  • Cohen Atkins
    Cohen Atkins

    Charlotte, NC
    Age: 25
    Favorite spot:
    US National Whitewater Center

  • Charlie Cindric
    Charlie Cindric

    Cheney, Washington
    Age: 17
    Favorite spot:
    Pipeline Wave, Lochsa

  • Chris Cindric
    Chris Cindric

    Cheney, Washington
    Age: 50
    Favorite spot:
    Greater Inland Northwest

  • Ryder Reed
    Ryder Reed

    Salida, Colorado
    Age: 16
    Favorite spot:
    Scout Wave, Salida

  • Claire Graff
    Claire Graff

    Okemos, MI
    Age: 36
    Favorite spot:
    Glenwood Wave
    Lunch Counter

  • Vanessa Taylor
    Vanessa Taylor

    Durango, Colorado
    Favorite spot:
    Ponderosa Wave, Animas

  • Emerys Taylor
    Emerys Taylor

    Hometown – Durango, CO
    Age – 14
    Favorite Spot – Animas River

  • Michael Kearns
    Michael Kearns

    Canmore, Alberta
    Age: 36
    Favorite spot:
    Kananaskis and
    Bow River

  • Kelsey Thompson
    Kelsey Thompson

    Vernon, B.C.
    Age: 34
    Favorite spot:
    Tofino B.C.
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  • Gabriel Gray
    Gabriel Gray

    Home turf: Florida
    Age: 39
    Favorite Spot:
    Anywhere with no cell service.
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  • Yacu Takahata
    Yacu Takahata

    Hometown – Ome, Tokyo, Japan
    Age – 45
    Favorite Spot – Mitake, Tokyo & Namiko, Kanagawa – Tokyo

  • Izzy Hughes
    Izzy Hughes

    Hometown – Salida, Co
    Age – 12
    Favorite Spot – Arkansas River

  • Yuka Sato
    Yuka Sato

    Hometown – Tokyo, Japan
    Age – 31
    Favorite Spot – Montrose, CO / warm ocean.
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  • Reta Boychuk
    Reta Boychuk

    Hometown – Nelson, BC
    Age – 30
    Favorite Spot – Caribou River, BC / Trail Wave, Columbia River, BC
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  • Danny Walton
    Danny Walton

    Hometown – Bellevue, Idaho
    Age – 46
    Favorite Paddling Spot – Salmon and Payette Rivers, Silver Creek, Sawtooth Lakes, Idaho
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