SUP Travel Destination~Gili Islands, Indonesia

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We found Stand up paddleboard paradise on 3 small island in the Indian Ocean.  Crystal clear water in the 70′s, turtles, and $7 massages.

The Gili Islands are made up of  three small islands — Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air — just off the northwest coast of Lombok, Indonesia.

The islands are a popular destination for travellers from Bali and Lomok looking for a remote island experience. Each island has several small resorts, usually consisting of a collection of villas for tourists, a pool and restaurants. Automobiles and motorised traffic is prohibited on the islands by local ordinance, so the preferred method of transportation is by foot and bicycle or the horse-drawn carriage called a cidomo. Diving in and around the Gilis is world class.  The area boasts an abundance of marine life and attractive coral formations.  It also has the unofficial title of Turtle capital of the world.

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We had some great SUP sessions daily.  Some days it was touring to different islands and others it was using the sup to get to different snorking spots.   The sup is the ultimate rig to get to snorkel spots and explore.  I’d tour my wife out to dive.  I’d paddle off and have fun on my water toy.

When your muscles are tired from paddling head to the beach to enjoy some ice cold Bintang beers.  After you are hydrated it is massage time!  This area is famous for massages and are set up along the beach.  You can enjoy a massage while hearing the waves break. This will set you back about $7-8 for an hour Balinese massage.  Get ready for some of the best massages ever.

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Special thanks to Bic SUP, Mammut, Avex, Beyond Coastal Sun Care, Smith Optics, Chums and Mountain Khakis for the kick ass gear and support!

Travel Tips for Inflatable SUP

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On a recent trip to Bali I brought my Bic SUP AIR Touring ’11.  I didn’t want to be in SUP paradise with out a board. I was able to check two bags free for my international flight.  So, it was a easy choice.IMG_1833

It was actually a pretty simple process. I tightened the SUP down like it arrived in the box.  I used NRS strapes to cinch it down to meet travel size regulations.  And yes, the airline pulled out the tape measure to check.  It was good and I was not charged extra.  I put the fin, pump and repair kit in travel duffle.  I brought my 3 piece Warner paddle with me as a carry on.  I threw it in a sleeping pad bag that I could connect to my day pack.

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I hope these tips help you on your next adventure.  As you can see, you don’t want to be wishing you brought a board when it is this easy.

Sun Valley Magazine SUP Article

Really proud to be featured in Sun Valley Magazine’s article “Walking on Water”about stand up paddleboarding.  The article was written by Kira Tenney and features photos from Ray Gadd. Check out here http://www.sunvalleymag.com/Sun-Valley-Magazine/Summer-2015/Walking-on-Water/  or on news-stands.GaddRay_762A8402762A1035

Big Life Magazine Summer’15

Nesta and I are in this summer’s Big Life Magazine.  We are pictured in the article that features different vans.  We have been blessed with lots of great adventures with this rig over the past decade.  The photo was taken by Ray Gadd in the Sawtooths Mountains, Idaho.

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Soak It Up~Visit Sun Valley Ad

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Always a good time when I SUP with Nesta and Ray Gadd!  Stoked to be featured in the new Visit Sun Valley Ad campaign.  This image was taken by Ray Gadd http://rayjgadd.500px.com/ at Silver Creek.  Great way to start off the season.  Look for some Idaho SUP adventures coming soon!

 

Corn Harvest

Still great skiing on Galena summit.  I enjoyed some great corn skiing on Mushroom Ridge.

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Mushroom Ridge from Danny Irie Walton on Vimeo.

 

2015 SUP season is here!

Opening day of sup season!  It was so great to get back on the water.  The Mighty Big Wood River is across the street from my house. It is fun to do the neighbourhood run.  I did get some funny looks running shuttle on my cruiser.

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Big Wood River SUP from Danny Irie Walton on Vimeo.

Snow Valley 3/24/15

It finally snowed after going two month with any new snow.  Give thanks Ullr for the 4 inches of fresh. I love telemark skiing!

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Snow Valley 3/24/15 from Danny Irie Walton on Vimeo.

High Pressure Blues II

No heli, no pow just making the most out the 2015 ski season. Still blessed to make turns everyday. Even when the snow is thin and temps in the 50′s its great to make telemark turns.

Skier~ Danny Walton, Video~Steve Ferguson/Sun Video Productions

High Pressure Blues II from Danny Irie Walton on Vimeo.

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BIC SUP Team

Photo: Cody Haskell

Photo: Cody Haskell

Proud to announce that I am new member of the BIC SUP athlete team!  Lots of great adventures coming in 2015!

Check out my profile and interview http://www.bicsup.com/index.php?section=120  
BIC Sport has become the world’s leading expert for water sports. A forerunner in the industrial scale manufacture of surf and SUP boards, a benchmark manufacturer in the demanding surf market,The world market leader in the field of windsurf for over 20 years, in the last 20 years BIC Sport has focussed its knowledge and experience on launching an extensive range of Stand Up Paddle boards.

The Sun Valley Paddleboard Co. will be taking orders this spring.  View the whole collection here http://www.bicsup.com/choose-your-board,83.html

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