New SUP the Mag

I was beyond stoked to see this image in the latest SUP the Magazine.  The photo was taken by John Webster in Stanley, Idaho on the Salmon River..  It was always a dream to paddle in the Sawtooths in the winter.  Live your dreams.

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I love my wetsuit!

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I got this suit for surfing in Oregon and river sup. As someone who lives in the mountains I have had great Patagonia gear over the years. Patagonia’s has a reputation of quality, environmental ethos and long lasting gear. The suit has a really good fit for me. It was a bit tight the first few days but now it is easier to get on and off. I really like the 4.5/3.5 combo. It gives you the extra warmth where you need it. All other suits I’ve had you could feel the cold water down your back not with this guy. This suit kept me toasty in the 56 degree water. I’d highly recommend this suit.  Be sure to check out https://www.wetsuitwearhouse.com/ for all you wetsuit needs.  They carry all the top brands and have you covered!

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Fall Stand Up Journal

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It’s always a good day when the new Stand Up Journal arrives at the Post Office.  The fall issue celebrates SUP 10th Annaversary as a sport.  There are great articles about the history and people that made our sport.  All the hero are in there Gerry Lopez, Laird, Kia and many others.  To my surprise on the last page Editors Note is a picture of Nesta and I! It is such honor to be in such a great publication.  This makes the 3rd time we have appeared in the Stand Up Journal!  All the images were taken by Ray Gadd.

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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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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.

Fall SUP Niceness

Wow!  The indian summer keeps rolling on here in beautiful Idaho!  Feeling the jones to get on the water but only having limited time I hit the Sun Valley pond.  It is small but you can bang out some laps and practice some techniques etc. I was lucky enough to link up with Photographer Cody Haskell http://www.codyhaskellphotography.com .  Enjoy these fall sup shots from Idahome.

So stoked to be part of the Bic SUP family.  Loving the new 14' Tracer Grand Master!

So stoked to be part of the Bic SUP family. Loving the new 14′ Tracer Grand Master!

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Focus Magazine

Stoked to be Focus Magazine with Nesta!  Thanks Ray Gadd for the shots!  http://rayjgadd.500px.com/home

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Mountain Niceness Moment of the Week

Opening day SUP with Nesta at Alturus Lake,ID.

Opening day SUP with Nesta at Alturus Lake,ID.