Psyched to get the closing shot in the spring issue of SUP the Mag! The shot was taken by Ray Gadd at Redfish Lake last fall. Be sure to check out Ray’s site http://rayjgadd.500px.com/
Located in the heart of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Redfish Lake is named for the brilliant Sockeye Salmon that once returned from the Pacific Ocean in such massive quantities that the lake shimmered red during spawning season. Sadly, these fish are now on the endangered species list. In the fall when supping you can see a few of these beautiful fish that have been trucked in to spawn.
One of my favorite paddles is a lap around Redfish Lake. It is about 9.7 miles when you circumnavigate. The lake sits at 6,500 feet and is surrounded by 10,000 foot peaks.
Enjoy this edit from July.
I have been thinking about my Dad a lot this summer. Being in Bali and spending so much time on the water this summer has allowed me time to feel his presence. He is always there looking after me. I always loved telling him about my different adventures and he would just laugh and with his beaming smile. Man, he sure loved to laugh.
My Dad had some great sayings…”talk is cheap”, “you got to want it” and “finish strong”. Dad would have been 79 this year. In honour of his birthday I paddled the Sawtooth lakes. I love you buddy.
Stanley Lake=2.4, Redfish Lake=9.7, Petit Lake=4.5, Alturus=4.7
Total 21.3 miles
The SUP white water season kicks off with the spring run off. This time of year allows one to sup the Big Wood River. The Big Wood River is a really beautiful river that not many people get to float. Generally, the river is way too shallow except the spring to early June. It has been describes as Class 2+ with class 5 consequences due to the lack of eddies to pull over and the amount of wood. I have a nice route from West Ketchum to the Greenhorn Bridge. This is a fun 9 mile paddle.
The Main Payette is the proving grounds for any and every water craft known. The put-in at Banks, ideally situated at the confluence of the North and South forks of the Payette, is the hub of river running in the area. Many river runners can be seen organizing each weekend of the summer. This Class III stretch is ideal for novices and intermediates. The road runs along the run for easy bail-outs. The drops are generally easy to negotiate, straightforward and the surfing can be excellent. The beaches and generally warm water make this run a boater’s holiday.
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.
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.
Special thanks to Bic SUP, Mammut, Avex, Beyond Coastal Sun Care, Smith Optics, Chums and Mountain Khakis for the kick ass gear and support!
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.
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.
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.
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.