From whitewater to mellow float, always spectacular!
Badfish Stand Up Paddle is without doubt the leader in river and whitewater stand up paddle board design. Their technical whitewater and river surf boards like the 9’ MVP, Innegra River Surfer and the inflatable Rivershreds are the class of the River SUP scene! But we’d like to highlight a board that doesn't get much of the limelight and yet is a class act in its own right - the MVP 10’6!
I have been paddling the 10’6 MVP as part of the fleet here at Bearfoot Performance Paddling for several seasons now. Love this board and think that it is pretty much the ultimate all-round mountain hard board!
At 10’6 x 32 this is a board that is stable beyond its dimensions with great initial and secondary stability! I use it as one of my main teaching boards - you can almost literally just wander around on it. When guest instructing where I don't bring my own boards I always like to have the 10’6 along. Several times I have switched out clients from other boards where they were having stability and balance issues and onto the MVP where those issues disappeared and made it easier to focus on learning!
A hallmark of the MVP 10’6 is versatility. The Badfish tag line for this board is “Jack of all trades, Master of Fun!”. I have paddled and surfed and toured and taught on this board in a lot of locations. For Class 1 and 2 rivers it is a beautifully performing board with technical prowess! You can really weight this board onto the downstream rail and carve out eddy turns or hold a tight ferry line! It works better than any other board I have played with in this type of water. You definitely have to shift weight back to run even small standing waves so not to bury the nose but once you know that it's a pretty smooth ride.
"Once you have discovered SUP on the river, it will be hard to go back to the lake!"