This was only the second time I had paddled a wildwater boat so it was definitely a learning experience. For some reason (mostly I was off line), I decided that plugging rodeo hole was the line I should take through the tooth.
Demofest is one of my favorite events each year. It is a great opportunity to connect with the local boating community and help everyone work to improve their skills while supporting many of the manufactures that Zoar represents. Due to release times, the mornings generally take place on flatwater and/or fish flow river levels. This allows us to focus on strokes, maneuvers, freestyle and more. In the afternoon we have the release on both the Fife Brook Section of the Deerfield and on the Dryway. Our afternoon clinics take advantage of the releases and focus on river running, rescue and river maneuvers and freestyle.
The community at Zoar has always been one of my favorite parts of working there. While Zoar staff members often move on and take jobs in other parts of the country, it is always great to reconnect when they come back to visit. After finding out that Tyler, a long time raft guide and instructor, would be back in the area for a weekend I made plans to head out to the Deerfield to catch up and do some paddling.
I could've chosen to focus on the details and the soreness that I'm feeling after the race. But I think it's more important to show people that women have just as much ability to tackle the river as men do. And although there's not as many of us, we still make the same impact.
For a paddler in New Hampshire, Winnipesauke River in Franklin, NH is the only place to be on New Year’s Day. Every year, the Merrimack Valley Paddlers throw a great event to kick off the New Year. They rent out a church where paddlers can meet up and change. The town sets up a warming hut at the takeout. In the warming hut, there is often a chili cook off, hot chocolate, and coffee. After paddling, the Merrimack Valley Paddlers host an excellent dinner. I have been going to this event for many years and it never disappoints.
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Every year, for one day, we get to one of Vermont’s hidden gems - the West River. The West River is a perfect mix of adventure and leisure - it has a little bit more adventure than the Zoar Gap and is a little mellower than the Dryway.