Welcome To The Team: Brayden Kirby-Billingsley
Badfish is proud to announce a new addition to the team, Brayden Kirby-Billingsley. Brayden belongs to the new wave of youth who are adopting River Surfing as native users. He lives in Ft. Collins, CO, which is home to the brand new Poudre River Whitewater Park. At age 11, Brayden started experimenting with river-boogie boarding on a thrift store snow sled. Before long, he found himself at CKS Paddlefest in Buena Vista taking a clinic with fellow Badfish shredder Mike Tavares. Brayden recalls that moment, “It was on my birthday weekend, so I was allowed to miss a day of school. I went straight to the Staircase Wave and watched all the surfers. I fell in love with the sport, and came to really appreciate the surfing community.”
It’s this kind of origin story that makes Brayden a perfect fit for Badfish. It’s a story of getting outside of your comfort zone and landing at the center of a passionate and caring community of people that is our “scene”. In regards to the upcoming season, Brayden says, “I am very excited to meet new people, learn more about river surfing, and keep the community strong and happy. I can’t wait to try new boards and share information to others interested in paddling and surfing.
Brayden is happy to teach others to try new things, and encourages others to give River Surfing a go, “It never hurts to take risks and try something new. I was so nervous to put myself out there, but the community is very accepting and encouraging! For example, I would have never entered a surf comp. until the Badfish team showed me to have fun and not worry about it. Once you learn to catch a wave you will never want to leave the water!”
When not on the river, Brayden plays hockey and enjoys going on adventures with his friends and family. Keep your eyes peeled for this new member of Team Badfish at your local wave, and don’t hesitate to ask to share the wave with him!
Follow Brayden on Instagram @braydenkb25