CKS Paddlefest 2008 was awesome and a huge success for participants and the Colorado paddling community! We had many participants in the numerous clinics and educational events, great movie premieres, the 'dating game', on water demos, live music and much more. The huge storewide sale was complimented by the fact that customers could check out all the new gear while interacting with Manufacturer reps and professional athletes like Dan Gavere (Werner) and Eric Jackson (Jackson Kayak).
Check out the Paddlefest Video! (below)
A main element of Paddlefest is the used boat and gear swap where paddlers can buy or sell any of the 5 essentials. This is an excellent way for newbies to get very affordeable, quality gear and for paddlers seeking to buy new boats or gear to sell their used to buy new. This year we had a HUGE selection of boats at the swap from many eras and in all price ranges from $50 - $ 700. On average, you could get a great playboat, creekboat or river runner for about $300.
Kids love Paddlefest and there wer lots of kids and family friendly activities! Bring yours next year but just dont let them watch the 'Dating Game'...that one is for the adults.
The street scene at Paddlefest
EJ (Eric Jackson) got out in the instructional pool to help people 'bombproof' their role. It was fun to see techniques from EJ's Rolling and Bracing in real life.
The Kid's paddling clinic at the BV town lake (one block from CKS) was a great success. Kids love kayaking.
Corey Volt dressed up as....himself!
Paddlers gathered at the Ska beer garden for afternoon and after paddling socializing, food and refreshments.
Live music was free on both Friday and Saturday nights.
CKS Paddlefest is conviniently located 2 blocks away from the 4 amazing features of the Buena Vista Whitewater Park. Check out a recent video from the park below!
As the crisp air settles in for Fall Paddling season with popular events such as Beaverfest, Gorefest, Gauley Fest and Russell Fork Rendevous, make sure you are prepared with the gear you’ll need to have to stay comfortable and support your team on the river! Here are a few recommendations from CKS Online's Lead Buyer, Jonny Ortiz.