Welcome to the Team!
When we bring new people onto the Badfish team, we do so carefully. Our team has an incredible family-esque dynamic built on camaraderie and a shared effort to help the sport grow in a positive way. In order to preserve that we try not to let our team get too big. This season we’ve added more people to the team than we ever have and each one brings something special to our little family.
Danny Walton is a SUP and Big Mountain ski athlete based in Bellevue Idaho. He lives there with wife and 2 young daughters. When the snow melts you’ll find him enjoying the run off and running rivers in Idaho. As the water levels drop begins Danny turns to the alpine lakes for training, solitude and exploration. The crescendo of the season is spent catching waves in Oregon. Yes, he loves all aspects of SUP.
How did you get into SUP?
In 2011, I was asked to teach a group of veterans how to sup. Thing is, I had never been on a sup. So, I watched a bunch of YouTube videos and spent a day getting familiar with the sport. When sup day came I was dialed and we had an awesome experience. Years later I would get my ACA SUP Teacher Level 1.
What do you love about SUP?
I love all aspects from river to touring to surf! I love the places and things I get to see via a board. You really get to access some remote beautiful places and get to witness wildlife that few get to experience.
I want to ride the best! The original in the river sup world and strong crew pushing our sport forward.
Izzy is the eldest daughter of Badfish co-founder Zack Hughes. So of course, at age 12, she is charging out there on the river. Izzy is outgoing and a force to be reckoned with. Everything she does she gives it her all and has an enthusiasm that is infectious. Her favorite moment on the river is one any river surfer can relate to,
“The moment when I am finally in the wave… after several tries. It’s just me, the board, and the river. I look upstream and see the flowing green shimmery water, and the stoked people and dogs. I have a HUGE smile on my face. I love hearing the crowd cheering. Then after all of that I fall in!!!”
When she’s not on the river she enjoys mountain biking, OneWheeling, and climbing. In the Winter months she’s one of the top competitors on the ski team but also loves snowboarding. You’ll find her shredding alongside her Dad most days. And when she’s not being active she’s playing music in a ladies rock band called Miss Match. Izzy’s main influencers and people she looks up to are her parents, fellow team riders Miles Harvey & Brittany Parker, and friend Diane French. She also has a dog named Taco that looks like a burrito.
Emerys is from Durango, Colorado and is the daughter of team paddler Vanessa Taylor. She has been stand up paddling since she was four years old, growing up playing on the pond in her neighborhood. It’s an activity that continues to bring her and her Mother closer. This year she will be leaving Durango for the school year to attend the Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale for the first time. There, she will get to know the Roaring Fork Valley Rivers in the schools paddling program. Emerys says the number one person she looks up to is her Mother and she has hopes to have as much river experience as she has. Along with paddling, Emerys enjoys skiing, snowboarding, climbing, wakeboarding, and wakesurfing. She also plays many musical instruments, is a singer and songwriter, and tries to perform as much as possible. One thing she thinks others should know about her is that, due to her social anxiety she prefers to talk one on one with people.