It was a blistering 90 degree day when we rolled into Boise. Blinky (the van) was over the heat and needed to chill for a couple days. Downtown Boise is hip with farm-to-table restaurants, tattoo parlors, and breweries but the city was quiet when we passed through. We made our way to Idaho River Sports and it seemed that all of Boise had retreated to Quinn’s pond. Quinn’s sits catty corner to Boise river’s whitewater park and is one of soon to be four connecting lakes that are currently under construction.
The pond was filled with stand up paddle boards and kids screaming as they playfully jumped off the dock. Idaho River Sport’s (IRS) rental crew was wiping sweat from their faces; for every board that was returned there was someone there ready to take it out. Despite the Summer frenzy the staff was so friendly and welcoming.
IRS provided us with a place to park our vans along with food & beverages for the ‘Can I Surf That’ screening and BBQ the night before the clinic. We were lucky to have the majority of the staff join us for the BBQ as well as some of the core surfers in the Boise river surfing community. It’s been awhile since I’ve watched ‘Can I Surf That’ and seeing everyones excitement from seeing it for the first time made me start wondering if it’s time to pursue part II.
Our flatwater river transitional skills clinic on the Quinn’s began at 9 a.m. The boise adjustable wave was only going to be set for surfing until noon that day. I couldn’t come to Boise and not surf their wave. So I woke up at 4:45 not knowing sunrise wasn’t until 6:15 am. Suited up with my friend and local surfer Brooks Roberts. After about 25 attempts I got a surf, it lasted a glorious two minutes. Thanks to Brooks for helping me break through the mental block of acid dropping into a wave.
Everyone who signed up for the clinic wanted to really fine-tune their paddle strokes essential for river paddling (Draw, Cross-bow, etc..) as well as their foot-work before jumping into the river. It’s amazing how much you can learn on flatwater to prepare yourself for the river. We taught them skills that you should be able to do with your eyes closed before hitting the river.
Big Thanks to Idaho River Sports for being so hospitable and welcoming. We can’t wait to come back when the next phase of the park is finished.