Idaho River Sports is kicking off their 30th anniversary celebration in May with fun events and a first look at the improvements to the shop, Quinn's Pond, new Greenbelt spur, and a peek at the new Esther Simplot Park. IRS has also added a new rental shop building, a patio and more. They will be looking back at their history over the next year and the people that have helped them along the way while keeping an eye on the future of paddlesports and surfing in Idaho.
Even before Idaho River Sports was founded in 1987 in Boise's North End, Jo Cassin and Stan Kolby were avid outdoors enthusiasts. Jo and her family began camping, rock hunting and rafting when she was young and Stan grew up in the outdoors and became a world class moguls skier. In 1987 Jo, Stan and their firefighting buddy Jim Ciardelli incorporated Idaho River Sports. They began by running the business out of their garage in the North End. Jo and Stan moved the shop to Hyde Park a short time later and were the mainstay business in Hyde Park for over 20 years.
Because of their love of the outdoors, they began supporting many outdoor organizations and have continued to support them to this day. They were also part of the Boise City, Ada County and citizen effort called Boise River Vision 2000 in the late 80's and early 90's. Jo continued her interest in river improvement and waterways management into the new century and they both saw the potential of the site where the shop is now located. Their work on the Boise River Park project through the 'Friends of the Park', collaboration with the Simplot family on Esther Simplot Park and other activities have helped reshape West Boise.
Jo, Stan and their great staff are committed to helping people of all walks of life have the best possible on-water experiences available anywhere. Idaho River Sports was the first full-time paddling shop in Boise and have continued to grow as water sports have evolved. With their move from Hyde Park to the present location on Whitewater Park Boulevard, inside Boise's new and expanding urban paddling complex, IRS is even more committed to creating new opportunities for great on-water experiences for the community.
"We love what we do"