Badfish's Field/Social Marketing Manager

Photographer: Scott Martin

Photographer: Scott Martin

I've been an athlete for Badfish Stand Up Paddle  for upwards of 5 years now. I remember seeing the Badfish team out surfing at the Glenwood wave and nervously asking them if I could surf with them. I was still learning at the time and hadn't figured out how to get into a wave at that point. But they remembered me from the competition circuit. They gave me a board to try out, as well as pointers while I was unsuccessfully trying to get into the wave. It was at that point that became part of the Badfish family and I haven't looked back. Now, five years later I'm happy to announce I am the Field/Social Marketing Director of Badfish Stand up Paddle. 

Badfish is a company I  100% believe in. I love that I can visit the shop in Salida and see what new board designs Zack's got cooking and they value the feedback of their athletes. Badfish has been true to who they are and what they stand for since day one and that's something that I sincerely value. I'm excited for this new opportunity. 

In the next week I'll have a schedule up for the upcoming season. You'll be able to follow my tour and see if I'll be at an event near you. You'll find me at the Badfish tent. :)

Innegra Build and what it means for the 2015 Badfish Boards

I'm a freak about composite boards on the river, I LOVE EM! For surfing and whitewater nothing comes close in responsiveness as a composite.

There really aren't many composite boards out there that can come out of the river unscathed. Some may say the solution to that would be to go with a plastic roto-mold design but there aren't any (that I've paddled) that aren't clunky, heavy, and difficult to control (especially by someone my size). 

Badfish has experimented with many different impact resistant materials and they've found a fiber that's both strong, lightweight, and impact resistant...Innegra. Innegra has been used in motor sports, military enforcement, and now stand up paddle boards. It's going to be just the thing that's been missing from the whitewater board design. So now you can have high-performance without cringing every time you come close to or bump a rock. 

This means the MVP is going to be lighter while maintaining it's durability. This is huge and will make hiking rapids a much more appealing venture! Also, the River Surfers will have a Carbon/Innegra  build so no more chips, even more responsiveness than before, and lighter. 

It's going to be huge for Badfish and a definite step up in the game of whitewater SUP and river surfing board construction. You'll be able to get on some of these boards and see for yourself at Colorado Kayak Supply's 'Paddlefest' in Buena Vista, CO. Or, if you sign up for mine and Natali's clinics we'll be providing Badfish boards to make sure you're on boards that will set you up for success. 

I'm super excited for the 2015 line-up and so happy to be part of such an innovative river stand up paddle board company like Badfish. 

Badfish Cobra 6'6" surfer

Badfish Cobra 6'6" surfer

*Visit my Schedule page to get more details on dates for downriver/riversurfing clinics

The 'Can I Surf That' Trailer!

Yesterday myself and the rest of the 'Can I Surf That' ladies rang in the New Year by launching the film's official trailer. It's been two years in the making, we're getting closer and closer to the finished product and we couldn't be more satisfied with how it's turning out. I say it all the time but I can't believe we got this far. Not that I didn't believe we could do it, it just seems like yesterday when it was nothing but an idea. Now here we are, making a movie! 

Heather Jackson, who shot and edited the film (my best friend), amazes and inspires me. She is one of the strongest people I know. This woman is finishing up her degree in video production while simultaneously editing an entire film basically solo. I remember when she would tell others in the same field as her about this project and her role in it. They all thought she was crazy and in over her head. At times, she believe them. There were many moments of self doubt but she pushed through it like a fucking champion. She's a visionary and flawlessly captures the things we tend to overlook highlighting their beauty helping us see the world in a new light. I love her with my entire being and can't express how proud I am of her. Thank you Heather (wifey) for being such a tremendous influence in my life and being by my side through all the crazy crazy shit. Enough of my sappiness, here's the trailer...PLEASE ENJOY!

Me and my Wifey. 

Me and my Wifey.