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Corridor Paddle Surf Shop Opens in Garden City

And Payette River passes now on sale

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So what if it was snowing in the high country only a few days ago, it's time to start thinking about water sports.

Case in point: Corridor Paddle Surf Shop has opened its first storefront at 314 E. 35th St. in Garden City--conveniently near the Boise River Recreation Park. The standup paddleboard and surf shop opened its doors April 15 and is offering not only paddle, surf and boogie boards and accessories, but rentals and demos as well.

In addition to custom boards and new gear that customers can check out in the showroom, Corridor is also offering standup paddleboard yoga at Sandy Point. Yes, you read that correctly--yoga done on a floating, standup paddleboard.

While we can't help but think that sounds like a very wet activity, classes will be taught by Jillian Hansen and a full schedule of classes will be posted online mid-May.

Find details on the store, rentals and classes at surfboise.com.

Sticking with river recreation, Payette River passes are now on sale for the 2013 floating season. The passes cover use fees--usually $3 per day--at sites in the Payette River Recreation Area around Banks and Garden Valley, as well as on the South Fork of the Snake River. The fees go to pay for site maintenance and improvement and are required starting Wednesday, May 1.

Annual passes cost $20 and are available at several Treasure Valley retailers, including Alpenglow Mountain Sports, 2314 N. Bogus Basin Road, Boise; Boise Army Navy, 4924 Chinden Blvd., Garden City; Cascade Outfitters, 604 E. 45th St., Garden City; and Idaho River Sports, 3100 W. Pleasanton Ave., Boise. 

For more info, check out fs.usda.gov/goto/payette.

Moving from paddles to pedals, Boise Bicycle Project was recently awarded a major grant that will help one of Boise's most popular nonprofits expand and improve its headquarters at 1027 S. Lusk St. The $35,000 grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust will be combined with other donations to put $50,000 toward creating 200 square feet of office space, building secure storage for more than 200 bikes and supplies, and bringing more natural light into the work area.

Another $7,000 is still needed to complete the remodel/expansion, but construction was set to begin this month. For more info or to donate, visit boisebicycleproject.org.

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