Boardworks Surf

Badfish Stand Up Paddle

Mountain Valley Paddle board (MVP-S) 7’6″

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Design Notes

The 7’6″ MVP-S is the result of Zack going into the shaping room and Dr. Frankenstein’ing the River Surfer and the 9’0 MVP into an evil spawn. Is it a river surfing SUP with river running characteristics? Or a smaller person’s river running SUP board that bigger paddlers will love surfing? We’re not into labels…we just know its next level river SUP fun. The MVP-S is its own Paddleboard all together, a River Surfer type of play board for people whose waves aren’t quite so accessible or a river runner for smaller paddlers. The 7’6″ takes some of the best features of the MVP and puts in a surfy platform. If you don’t have an accessible park and surf spot, but still want to surf your river consider the 7’6″ MVP.

 

The 2014 MVP-S is available with the protective Sharkskin coating on the bottom and rails.

Dimensions

Height: 7'6"
Width: 34"
Rails: 6.5"
Standing Area: 5.25"
Fins Included: 2+1

Volume

Liters: n/a

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Mountain Valley Paddleboard (MVP) - 9'0"

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Design Notes

Running rivers on SUP boards has been a growing curiosity for inland paddling enthusiasts for a few years now. However, SUP has earned the moniker “fall down paddling” from paddlers for the simple reason that boards shaped for the ocean or flatwater just don’t perform in moving water environments. Paddling whitewater rivers is all about dealing with opposing hydraulic forces, from running through holes and wave trains to crossing boiling eddy fences, paddling whitewater requires a craft that can remain stable in a chaotic environment. The Mountain Valley Paddleboard (MVP) takes the best of whitewater kayak design and combines it with Badfish’s years of experience creating river surfing boards into the next level of whitewater stand up board. The MVP has a kayak style chine that is forgiving in eddy turns and ferries while the shedding, high volume nose punches holes like a kayak. These characteristics are blended into a board that will rip river waves like all Badfish boards, because if you are stand up paddling…you are eventually going to want to surf. The 9’0″ MVP is short enough to fit into small eddies and pivot quickly, but the stability in whitewater has allowed this board to win some whitewater races despite its short length. The stability and unique design of the MVP also instills confidence in new paddlers as the progress from flat water to easy moving water.

We think this board will be the go to board for river based stand up paddlers and help push the progression of river SUP. The MVP is available in heavy duty epoxy construction (EPX) or with Sharkskin protective coating on the bottom and rails.

Dimensions

Height: 9'0"
Width: 36"
Rails: 8.25"
Standing Area: 6.25"
Fins Included: 2+1

Volume

Liters: n/a

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Mountain Valley Paddleboard (MVP) - 10'6"

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Design Notes

We have talked to so many paddlers that are looking for the one stand up paddle board that can do it all. Badfish shaper Zack Hughes met that challenge with the 10’6 MVP. The 10’6 incorporates design elements that make the 9’ MVP the choice for serious river SUP, in a more traditional package.

The chine on the rail and higher volume nose provide stability in rougher water, while maximizing glide in flatwater and keeping a narrower bottom cross section for surfing, than a typical 32” wide SUP board.

Surfing, flatwater paddling, yoga, class II river running, wherever stand up paddling takes you, the 10’6 MVP is the one paddle board quiver for all your adventures.

Dimensions

Height: 10'6"
Width: 32"
Rails: 5"
Standing Area: 4.5"
Fins Included: Single

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MVP-X - 12'6"

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Design Notes

Explore. Stand Up Paddling is all about getting out on the water, connecting with yourself, with nature, with your family and friends, a break from the everyday….explore the possibilities with the new MVP-X from Badfish.

For Badfish’s first foray into flatwater touring, racing, cruising and fitness paddling, shaper Zack Hughes took the characteristics that define the Mountain Valley Paddleboard (MVP) series (stability, maneuverability), maximized glide and put them into a 12’6 platform that achieves stability as well as performance. So stable that Boardworks pro Mike Tavares won whitewater races on the MVP-X during the 2012-2013 river racing seasons.

The MVP-X demonstrates out of the box design typical of Badfish creations. A high volume nose parts the water cleanly while shedding waves and chop. At 32″ wide with a reduced version of the Badfish chine the MVP-X has superior primary and secondary stability. Water parts from the tail cleanly, creating little drag making this board a great choice for recreational racing and touring.

Dimensions

Height: 12'6"
Width: 32"
Rails: 6.5"
Standing Area: 5.5"
Fins Included: Single

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RIVER SURFER - 6'11" & 8'

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Design Notes

A home grown blend of stability and responsiveness designed to make surfing possible on your local river wave

Back in 2006 Zack set out to solve a problem. Mike was building waves that looked rideable to Zack, but all the boards he tried bogged down. Except for a few waves at really high flows, surf boards just did not plane out on river waves. River waves are not like ocean waves. Rivers waves are generally smaller and slower. Ocean waves have sharks under them too. So it is not a surprise that boards that surf in the ocean do not work well on standing waves in rivers. In the ensuing 5 years of design and testing Zack came up with a shape that we think is the ultimate tool for surfing standing waves in rivers. These boards will rip large waves in high volume rivers like the Glenwood Wave, but where they shine is at the local play wave at average flows, meaning your river surfing season is not limited to 3-4weeks of high flows, or limited to people with a surfing background. The River Surfer…bringing surfing to your hometown play spot. (without sharks)

Dimensions

Height: 6'11" & 8'
Width: 30"
Thickness: 5.5"
Fins Included: FCS Tri

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Multi-Chamber Inflatable Technology (MCIT)

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Design Notes

Due to it’s unique design, the MCIT is the most stable and versatile inflatable stand up paddle board on the market. Characteristics in the existing drop stitch technology used by most inflatable board makers limit the ability to incorporate performance enhancing design elements. The nature of the drop stitch material is that it has a consistent thickness, therefore design variations have been limited to outline shape and rocker profile.

Badfish teamed with Boardworks on new technology that has enabled us to make Inflatable SUP’s with design elements that were previously only possible in hard boards. With MCIT we are incorporating tapered rails, with a larger diameter in the mid section, tapering to smaller diameter in the nose and tail. This enables the boards to have greater stability and to be more responsive than other inflatable’s. These new boards also have a stepped down deck, lowering the paddler’s center of gravity and a type of stringer system, where the chambers connect, resulting in a significantly more rigid inflatable. This all makes the Boardworks/Badfish new inflatables an excellent choice for all levels of SUP, including entry level, school’s, touring and flat water, as well as advanced river running and surfing.

MCIT Badfish Inflatable 9’0 – the smallest size of the MCIT is a great choice for smaller paddlers up to 170lbs who want a more responsive, nimble ride.

MCIT Badfish Inflatable10’6 & 11’6 – both of these sizes will work for paddlers up to 230lbs. Choosing the right size has more to do with which characteristic you value more: maneuverability (10’6) or speed (11’6).

Dimensions

Height: 9', 10'6", 11'6"
Width: 35" (33" for 9')
Thickness: 5.5"
Fins Included: 2+1 w/ removable center fin

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Badfisher - Fishing Stand Up Paddle Board

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Design Notes

Gliding across the water you spot tailing fish on a flat, trout sipping emergers on a mountain lake or a lunker bass set up for an ambush next to a sunken log…there’s simply nothing like sneaking up on fish on a Stand Up Paddle board.

Fishermen have quickly realized the benefits of fishing from a SUP board: height, stealth and pure fun. Standing up tall on a SUP board allows you to spot fish earlier, quietly move into position and casting, hooking up and fighting a fish from a paddle board is about as much fun as fishing can be!

The Badfish/Boardworks MCIT inflatable SUP board has quickly become a popular platform for SUP fishing adventures. The Badfisher takes the proven stability and maneuverability of the MCIT and adds custom features that meet the needs of the growing population of SUP based fishermen, including increased width for stability while casting, fighting and landing fish, Scotty Paddlesports attachment plates and a variety of D rings for attaching crates and coolers.

Having an inflatable fishing platforms means there is no place you can’t take this craft: spring break with the family, fishing trip with your friends or an after work escape on a business trip…the Badfisher travels like no other fishing specific SUP. Keep the Badfisher on your boat for quick excursions into shallow bays and areas that hold fish, but can’t be reached with a larger craft or use the Badfisher as the ultimate adventure fishing platform to explore local waters in a new way.

Dimensions

Height: 11'
Width: 39"
Rails: 6"
Standing Area: 4"
Fins Included: 2+1 w/ removable center fin

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BADFISH stand up paddle boards are designed and built by mountain-based watermen
Mike Harvey, and Zack Hughes . After years of brainstorming,
prototyping, surfing, and stand up paddling rivers, a new type of SUP board is born.

BADFISH STAND UP PADDLEboards

Badfish Stand Up Paddle Paddling whitewater rivers is all about dealing with opposing hydraulic forces, from running through holes and wave trains to crossing boiling eddy fences, and it requires a craft that can remain stable in a chaotic environment. There is one company that is leading the charge with very innovative and unique SUP boards designed specifically for these challenging river conditions: Badfish Standup Paddle Company. Badfish boards are designed and built by mountain-based watermen, located in Salida, Colorado at the foot of 14,000 foot peaks on the Arkansas River. After four years of brainstorming, prototyping, surfing, and stand up paddling rivers, a new type of SUP board is born.

Shaper Profiles

Mike Harvey and Zack Hughes

Mike Harvey, since 2000, Mike has been working with Recreation Engineering and Planning (the country's leader in whitewater park design) to design and build whitewater parks all over North America]. Mike was the Project Manager for planning, design and construction of the first two river surfing specific, standing waves in the US, in the Salida Whitewater Park in 2010, providing Badfish with the ultimate advanced river surfing laboratory.

Zack Hughes, born and raised in San Diego has been surfing and skateboarding since the days when mullets and Trans-Ams were cool. Drawn to Colorado and later Honduras to be a whitewater rafting guide, Zack quickly became one of the top freestyle kayakers in the golden years of the mid-90s. With his surfing background and kayaking expertise, Zack shapes boards that are completely relevant to the new sport of whitewater SUP.

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