Originally founded in 2009 by two close friends who shared a passion for paddling, Salida, CO-based Badfish SUP is a well-known name in the world of stand up paddleboarding for their high-quality inflatable paddle boards and innovative whitewater designs. This season, owners Zack Hughes, Mike Harvey, and Luke Hopkins made some major decisions as they broke away from their 6-year partnership with Boardworks Surf to go independent.
In 2018, Badfish SUP launched a completely revamped iSUP line with fresh new designs and exciting new models. Currently, there are a total of 9 Badfish models, including 5 inflatable SUPs and 4 rigid boards:
- Monarch (inflatable)
- Surf Traveler (inflatable)
- Rivershred (inflatable)
- IRS (inflatable)
- I-SK8 (inflatable)
- River Surfer 104 (hard)
- River Surfer 140 (hard)
- Hard SK8 5′ (hard)
- Hard SK8 5’6″ (hard)
Badfish SUP Comparison Chart
|Badfish SUP Monarch||11'x34"x5"||n/a||n/a|
|Badfish SUP Surf Traveler||10'2"x31"x5"||n/a||n/a|
|Badfish SUP Rivershred||9'6"x36"x6"||n/a||n/a|
|Badfish SUP IRS||7'6"x33"x5"||n/a||n/a|
|Badfish SUP I-SK8||5'9"x26"x2.75"||n/a||n/a|
Badfish Inflatable SUP Reviews
Badfish SUP Monarch
Brand new for 2018, the Badfish SUP Monarch is a well-built, all-around inflatable SUP that measures 11′ x 34″ x 5″. The nicely tapered shape of the Monarch’s nose makes it a great choice for flatwater paddling, while the board’s 34″ width gives it outstanding overall stability even when conditions get rough. Definitely the most versatile board in Badfish SUP’s 2018 line, the Monarch is essentially a go anywhere, do anything inflatable paddle board that excels in a wide variety of paddling conditions. Suitable for beginners through advanced paddlers, this model should definitely be on your radar.
Badfish SUP Surf Traveler
Another 2018 board that offers quite a bit of versatility is the Badfish SUP Surf Traveler. Measuring 10’2″ x 31″ x 5″, the Surf Traveler is an all-around board that was designed to perform well in moderately-sized surf. Shorter and narrower than the company’s flagship Monarch model, the Surf Traveler glides well while still offering decent overall stability. If you’ve been looking around for a fun all-around inflatable SUP that you can also catch a few waves on, the Surf Traveler is a good choice.
Badfish SUP Rivershred
The Badfish SUP Rivershred is a high-performance river SUP model that was designed to excel in whitewater conditions. Measuring 9’6″ x 36″ x 6″, this popular board is a bit wider and thicker than the company’s all-around boards and it features a decent amount of nose and tail rocker. On the bottom of the board are three removable fins which give you the added versatility of being able to experiment with various fin setups, and as with all of Badfish’s iSUPs, it comes with a full accessory bundle.
Badfish SUP IRS
The ultimate board for beginners to the river SUP scene, the Badfish SUP IRS (Inflatable River Surfer) is another popular model that offers a nice blend of performance and stability. An extremely fun board that many river SUP enthusiasts have cut their teeth on, Badfish’s Inflatable River Surfer measures 7’6″ x 33″ x 5″ and features a fixed tri-fin configuration. If you’re looking for a great inflatable river board and don’t mind the IRS’ lack of versatility, this is certainly a good board to consider.
Badfish SUP I-SK8
Last but not least, the little Badfish SUP I-SK8 is an inflatable surfboard that was designed for maximum river surfing fun. This is a high-performance model that measures 5’9″ x 26″ x 2.75″, and it comes with a removable tri-fin setup.
Perfectly suitable for beginner through experienced river surfers, the incredibly fun little I-SK8 is a more portable alternative to the company’s two hard SK8 models.
Badfish’s Inflatable Paddle Board Warranty
In addition to making killer boards, Badfish also stands behind them. All Badfish SUP inflatables are backed by a rock-solid 3-year warranty which covers any and all manufacturing defects.
Having a 3-year warranty is really great for added peace of mind, and it’s a notch above what most other inflatable SUP companies currently offer (1 or 2 years). Also, since Badfish SUP is a small company, you can expect to receive a higher level of customer support.