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The Badfish SUP Journal is a production of Badfish SUP in Salida, Colorado. The Audio Journal tells stories from the Badfish family and the wider world of paddling and paddleboarding. Interviews with interesting people from the paddling community, trip reports, technique tips, story telling and news about stand up paddleboarding. From whitewater rivers, to the coast and all across the world Badfish SUP has created connections between paddlers and the Audio Journal is a new way for us to make a connection with you!
16 Episodes
On this episode Mike talks with Chev Dixon, Director of the Hudson River Riders program in Yonkers, NY. The Hudson River Riders is a program that gets kids from Yonkers out paddling on the Hudson River. Chev was a kid from Jamaica living in Yonkers when he discovered the Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club. From his first introduction to paddling and the Hudson River at 18 years old, he  has become the driving force for the Hudson River Riders and a highly skilled sea kayaker. Chev is embarking on 300+ mile expedition this May in the Hudson River estuary, The Hudson Valley Challenge, in order to raise awareness of nature and adventure with underserved communities in New York. If you'd like to support the Hudson Valley Challenge you can do it here: Follow Chev on Instagram: @negus_chev Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club: River Riders: 
For today's episode Mike interviews Marty Parichand owner of Outdoor New England and Executive Director of Mill City Park in Franklin, New Hampshire. Marty and Mike talk about how he came to found ONE in a historic building in downtown Franklin and the Whitewater Park project that Marty and Mike have been working on together. Learn more about Outdoor New England: Learn more about Mill City Park:
2.6 Slater Trout

2.6 Slater Trout


Slater Trout was one of the first true superstars of stand up paddling. Slater came in 2nd place at the Battle of the Paddle at the age of 14 then ran off a string of top results for the next decade plus. Slater is from Maui, Hawaii where he lives now. Slater pursues the Waterman lifestyle, surfing and paddling while training full time, maintaining a busy travel schedule and creating content for brand partners. Follow Slater on Instragram @slatertrout  
For today's episode I wanted to do something a little different. I just returned from Vail, Colorado where the GoPro Mountain Games came back after a year's hiatus. It was so fun to be back racing with the Colorado SUP community. The 4.5 mile downriver race was well attended and I ran around and tried to capture the vibe with these audio clips. I hope you enjoy the format. Check out the race results hereAnd here
This episode starts with Mike telling some stories from his recent trip to Maui. Then we have an interview with legend in the making Spencer Lacy @spencerlacy who just returned from a 230 mile trip down the Klamath River in Oregon and California where a series of 4 dams is slated for removal by 2023.Learn more about the Maliko downwind run in Maui here: Finn and Jeffery Spencer on Insta: @jeffrey_spencer @finn_spencerCheck out Spencer Lacy's photo journal here:
In this episode I interview Norm Hann, owner of Norm Hann Expeditions. Norm guides clients in some of the most spectacular waters of North America on the Coast of British Columbia. Through his paddling Norm has become an activist fighting to protect the Great Bear Forest. In this episode Norm talks about how he became a guide in the Great Bear and ultimately fell in love with the landscape and the people. Learn more about Norm's trips: the Stand Film on Vimeo
For today's interview I caught up with Jeramie Vaine. Jeramie occupies a unique niche in stand up paddling. He lives in Jupiter, Fla. and is a Yoga instuctor, avid racer and fisherman. If you want to learn more about Jeramie check out his website: or his instagram @jvaine1 Email us your winter paddling stories to 
In this episode I interviewed the former Editor in Chief at SUPtheMag Will Taylor. Will is currently the Gear Director at Outside Magazine and a surfer and paddler from Gold Beach, Oregon. Will talks about his perspective on stand up paddling from the boom years through to the demise of SUPtheMag. Will shares a great story of one of his favorite paddling adventures and offers some thoughts on the future of print magazines. 
For this episode I did an extended retailer spotlight with Jaime Caluya of SUP California. Hear about her journey from her home of Australia to the US and how she decided to leave behind a career as a Pharmacist to become a paddling shop owner. Also she teaches me some Aussie slang. 
In this episode we interview 2004 Whitewater Kayak Slalom Olympic silver medalist Rebecca Giddens. She talks about her journey to becoming an Olympic medalist and World Champion as well as her second racing career in SUP and founding the Kern River Brewing Company in Kernville, CA. Rebecca's silver medal run in 2004. 
For this episode I interviewed one of the most influential paddlers of the past 30 years in both whitewater kayaking and stand up paddling. Dan Gavere is a professional athlete, event organizer, announcer and sales rep who is based out of Hood River, Oregon and Ottawa, Ontario. Dan has paddled all over the world and in this episode I asked him to count down his top 5 favorite paddling destinations anywhere in the world. Dan's Top 5:1. Soca River, Slovenia 2. Cocoa Beach, Florida3. Missoula, Montana4. Santa Cruz, CA5. Ottawa, OntarioHonorable Mention: Colorado, USA and Hood River, OR
1.3 Self Support Paddling

1.3 Self Support Paddling


In this episode we talk about a style of paddling that is really important to us at Badfish...self-support. What is self-support paddling? Think of backpacking on a paddleboard. Overnight trips on a lake, river or the ocean where you carry your gear with you. We hope this episode inspires you to get out there and explore your backyard or destinations further afield. Interviews with Badfish co-founder Zack Hughes and Badfish team rider and good friend Bradley Hilton. E-mails from team riders about their favorite self-support missions: 6:28Interview with Zack Hughes: 17:06Interview with Bradley Hilton: 38:17
Back with another episode of the Badfish SUP Journal. Today's guest is longtime pro paddler, coach, race director and owner of Performance Paddling, Anthony Vela. AV is as involved in stand up paddling scene nationally and internationally as anyone and I wanted to talk with him about the state of Stand Up Paddleboard racing and his background. Please send us an email to with your quarantine paddling stories and stay safe!Retailer Spolight: 7:04AV Interview: 9:58
1.1 C-Mac Interview

1.1 C-Mac Interview


First ever episode of the Badfish SUP Journal. A production of Badfish in Salida, CO. We manufacture stand up paddleboards, river surfing boards and related products. The audio journal brings you stories from our world and from the broader world of paddling. Paddleboards are one of the most versatile platforms for adventure on all types of water. Our goal with the podcast is to tell stories around a shared passion for being on the water. In this first episode we talk with one of the true pioneers in stand up paddling, Charlie Macarthur. Charlie, AKA, C-Mac is the owner of Aspen Kayak and SUP School in Aspen, Colorado. In this interview he talks about first being introduced to paddleboarding in 1973 in Hawaii. He talks about his own personal progression with SUP and as an instructor trainer with the ACA (American Canoe Association) he talks about larger trends in the sport. C-Mac also talks about his training regime that has kept him being competitive in races well into his 50's. Story Time, Badfish Origins: 1:26Badfish News: 10:17Retailer Spotlight: CKS Main Street 12:24C-Mac Interview: 16:20
In this retailer spotlight I speak with Brian "Vince" Vincent, General Manager of Appomattox River Company in Farmville, Virginia. Vince talks about the long history of the shop, the local paddling scene in Virginia and even local politics! on Instagram 
Its a new year and a great time to set some goals for the upcoming paddling season. Mike chats with Brittany and Natali of RVR2RVR and the Eddy Out Podcast about their paddling goals for the season and some thoughts about the value of setting goals. 
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