Favorite New River SUP Gear for 2016

It has been a great river sup season here in Central Idaho.  The deep winter provided us with great river flows. As our sport keeps progressing and evolving each season so does our gear.  Here is a list of my favorite River SUP Gear this season.

Bic River SUP  ~9’2 inflatable is 36 inches wide and 6 inche thick.  This is a super stable board when blown up to 15 psi. It has a rigid feel that early inflatables lacked.  The moulded quad fin works great for keep your line and is perfect when running shallow sections.  The rocker tip drives through rapids and helps keep tip from diving. Another excellent feature are all the straps for pulling yourself back up or lashing gear. http://www.bicsport.com/sup/boards/product/id-92-sup-air-river-x-36.html

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Astral Green Jacket and Hiyak Shoe~  The Green Jacket is an award winning PFD.  This is a super comfy life jacket. It is a rescue pfd which allows you to release the belt to free yourself from your leash.  This was well thought out with all the features you need but not overkill.  The Hilak has a super sticky rubber sole which gives you traction even on slippery rocks..  I like the support the high top offer when travelling over rocky terrain.  I’ve loved all my different Astrals for SUP  https://www.astraldesigns.com/

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Patagonia R3 Wetsuit from Wetsuit Warehouse~  The R3 is a 4.5/ 3.4mm which means my chilly days are over.  This is my ideal suit for river sup and Pacific Northwest surf trips. Made with anatomical patterning and high-quality neoprene that meets Patagonia’s rigorous standards for stretch and durability.  The torso and thighs are lined with midweight chlorine-free merino wool; hydrophobic recycled polyester micro-grid thermal lining in the arms, legs and hood dries fast, minimizes weight and offers excellent flex. The floating front-zip provides ease of entry and maximizes freedom of movement through the shoulders and chest. 100% external seam sealing eliminates leaks. Other features include a durable, water-resistant recycled polyester outer lining, hidden key loop and long-lasting Supratex kneepads. All seams are triple glued, blindstitched and internally taped at high stress areas.

https://www.wetsuitwearhouse.com/ is your one stop shop for all your wetsuit needs and accessories.

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patagonia-mens-r3-88417_lrg_207x465G-Form pads~   I recommend pads to anyone considering whitewater sup.  I’ve been using the knee and shine pads for years.  They fit fairly tight yet, you don’t notice any restriction of movement.  They do not get weighed down by the water and dry quickly.  You can also use these pads for mountain biking!

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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.

https://vimeo.com/135769369

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

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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