099: Mike Harvey- Fostering a love for all things Whitewater in Salida CO

May 03, 2018

Show Notes

This turned out to be one of my favorite episodes. A great conversation with Mike Harvey from Badfish SUP. You can feel his love and enthusiasm for Whitewater as Mike tells us how he got hooked on paddling, began building whitewater parks and started Badfish SUP.

First Exposure to the Outdoors

I live in saliva, Colorado in the Upper Arkansas River valley. I’ve lived here actually since I was 18 years old. So a good 25 years or so. And I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. I grew up in a family that was really passionate about fly fishing, my dad and my grandparents. So most of my first experiences in outdoors where via Fishing. Particularly on my grandparents side, they had a farm type property in southwestern Pennsylvania. So we’d crawl around there and fish and crawl around in the woods. My grandfather would go fishing in the trout stream you know, and leave the kids at home. My grandmother actually taught me to cast a fly rod in the back in the yard and then my grandmother and I would go fish for bluegill in the farm ponds and stuff. So actually my grandmother really got me out there. She was awesome. She you know, she’d get right down in the dirt with me.

Things we talked about

Badfish SUP

Prescott College

FIBArk — America’s Oldest & Boldest Whitewater Festival

The Arkansas River Trust

Great Outdoors Colorado

Recreation Engineering and Planning

Advice, tips

I would say that most people in this industry, once you’ve decided to work in this industry you probably decided because you’re passionate about the outdoors.  The only choice you need to make, which is like, you know what, I’m going to do this because this is what I love and we’ll figure the rest of it out.

Other Outdoor Activities



Mtn Biking


Favorite Books

Big Bang by Simon Singh

Wherever you go There you are by John Kabat-Zinn

Best Gear Purchase under $100

Hydro Flask stainless steel water bottle

Connect with Mike 



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