SUP Video Destination~Alturus Lake

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Alturas Lake is the second largest lake in Sawtooth National Recreation Area.  Enjoy this sunrise SUP session!

SUP Video Destination~Redfish Lake, ID

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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.

Stand Up Paddleboarding at Redfish Lake from Danny Irie Walton on Vimeo.

SUP Video Destination~Mighty Big Wood River,ID

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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.

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Mighty Big Wood River SUP from Danny Irie Walton on Vimeo.

SUP Video Destination~Main Payette River

IMG_2452The 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.

Main Payette River SUP

Main Payette River SUP from Danny Irie Walton on Vimeo.

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