Colorado Paddle Fest

Paddlers of all ages and abilities will come together with paddling manufacturers, top pro kayakers and leading instructors and professionals for a weekend of boating education, entertainment, and instruction. Colorado Kayak Supply in Buena Vista will be the “Event Headquarters” for the majority of the activities. CKS will also host a used gear swap and storewide sale to ‘kickoff’ the Rocky Mountain paddling season.


Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center (RMOC), the premier whitewater paddling school in the Rocky Mountains, will be leading the instructional component for the weekend. Join Jay Kincaid, Clay Wright, Katie Selby, Jed Selby and Jimmy Blakeney – just to name a few – as they help you hone your skills on the river. Courses will consist of Paddle with the Pro Freestyle Clinics, Learn to Kayak workshops, Play Sessions for beginners to advanced paddlers, a Swiftwater Refresher, Creeking skills and more. Contact RMOC directly to sign up for these courses, at www.rmoc.com or call (800) 255-5784. FREE kayak demos will be available throughout the weekend.


Dryland Workshops will be led by local, regional and national high-profile athletes and leaders in the boating field. A sampling of the topics will include: How to prepare for your Sea Kayaking Adventure, How to Pack & Paddle for an Expedition, Building a Play Park in your Backyard, and a Videography & Photography Clinic. Check www.coloradokayak.com for additional workshops and for the schedule of events.


Friday and Saturday evening will also be filled with festivities. Enjoy and participate in the antics of some unprecedented kayak events, watch a few River Fliks in an open-air venue on Friday night and at the Pearl theatre Saturday night, and enjoy the Beer tent & BBQ. Films will include Wet House, BC 921, Dynasty, and Cross Creek.


CKS will be open all weekend to serve as the event headquarters. CKS will also be hosting its spring kayak swap. Bring by your old gear-sell it in the swap and upgrade into some new gear. The five essentials (kayak, paddle, pfd, helmet and skirt) are welcome at the swap. Hours Friday and Saturday 9am-7pm, Sunday 9-5 pm.


For further information on the weekend events go to www.coloradokayak.com or call Earl or Heather at (888) 265-2925. For information about the instructional courses, contact Hank at www.rmoc.com or call (800) 255-5784.

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