DemoFest - June 20 - 22, 2014

Try out the latest whitewater kayaks, canoes and SUPs at DemoFest, Zoar Outdoor’s 3-day whitewater event held every June on the Deerfield River in Massachusetts.

Free instruction from top paddlers, demos of the hottest whitewater boats on the market and hardcore paddling videos - it’s all at the 10th annual DemoFest at Zoar Outdoor. The manufacturers that we represent will provide the latest whitewater gear for you to demo at no charge. Manufacturer representatives, pro paddlers, Team Z and Zoar Outdoor instruction staff will teach free mini-clinics.

Boats from Dagger, Esquif, Jackson Kayak, Liquidlogic, Mad River Canoe, and Wave Sport will be available for demo as well as paddles from Werner Paddles and AT.

DemoFest is designed for experienced paddlers. If you've never paddled before or have never been in a true whitewater kayak you may want to sign up for our 1-day novice kayak courses to try out the sport or any of our other essential skills clinics.

We are excited to be able to offer the events at DemoFest free to you and encourage you to "pay it forward" by supporting one of these really cool organizations who support the whitewater community, American Whitewater, American Canoe Association, or First Descents

If you would like to demo a new kayak or canoe and get some free instruction from some of the best paddlers in the country, mark your calendar for DemoFest on June 20 - 22, 2014.

Event Overview

Each morning will begin at Zoar Outdoor, where you'll enjoy a free continental breakfast, fill out necessary paperwork, purchase lunch (if applicable), and - if necessary - borrow a wetsuit, booties and splash jacket before heading to the DemoFest site. These items are only available at Zoar Outdoor, not at the DemoFest site, and no cash will be taken at the site. 

The DemoFest site is located across from the Zoar Gap picnic area. Once there, you can pick out whatever gear you need: PFDs, paddles, sprayskirts, helmets and boats. Demo boats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Boats cannot be reserved ahead of time. You can demo a boat for up to 2 hours of personal use or for one mini-clinic. We have a limited amount of boats available for demo so please be considerate.

At the DemoFest site, you can also register for morning and afternoon mini-clinics if you haven't already done so. Mini-clinics are also first-come, first-served, and they often book up ahead of time. We recommend you pre-register for your mini-clinic by calling Zoar Outdoor at 1-800-532-7483.  Walk-ins are welcome, but availabilty may be limited. All mini-clinics are subject to change.  Please check in at registration each day to fill out a waiver and receive updated information on your mini-clinics.

On Saturday evening, join us for a barbeque and film presentation. Barbecue tickets are on sale for $8.50 per person, plus tax. The film showing will start at 6:30pm and will feature Huck, Cascada, Unknown - Aniol Serrasolses, and Unknown - Lorenzo Andrade Astorga. All of these short features focus on the world of whitewater kayaking, and include the work of Tino Specht, award-winning film maker and graduate of Zoar Outdoor's instruction programs. 

All weekend long, The Outfitters Shop will have sale booths set up at Zoar Outdoor, so make sure to leave time for shopping. You may even find a bargain on your favorite boat or piece of equipment. 

2014 DemoFest registration will open on May 1st.  For more information please call Zoar Outdoor at 1-800-532-7483.

Click here for mini-clinic offerings and descriptions

2014 Schedule for DemoFest

Friday, 6/20
Event
8:00 - 9:00 AM
Free continental breakfast for all participants
Located at Zoar Outdoor inside The Outfitters Shop
8:00 - 8:45 AM
Registration (waivers) and breakfast at The Outfitters Shop.
If you need wetsuit, booties or paddling jacket you must check-in at The Outfitters Shop
(We will not have them available at the site)
We will have PFD's, Paddles, Sprayskirts, and Helmets available on site.
Pre-orders for lunches and Saturday night BBQ can be served at The Outfitters Shop for $8.50 each plus tax. Sorry, we can't take payment at the DemoFest site.
8:30 -
9:30 AM
Registration, waivers and check-in for mini-clinics begins at the DemoFest site located across from the Zoar Gap picnic area. 
9:15 - 9:50 AM
Boat and equipment outfitting and selection
10:00 - 4:00 PM
Boat demos available throughout the day on a first come, first served basis.  Demos are available for mini-clinics and/or private use for no more than 2 hrs. 
10:00 -
12 Noon
Check out the morning mini-clinics
Mini-clinics leave promptly from the DemoFest site located across from the Zoar Gap picnic area
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Lunch and socializing. Pre-orders for lunches can be made at The Outfitters Shop for $8.50 each plus tax or contact Zoar Outdoor prior to DemoFest. Sorry, we can't take payment at the site.
12:30 - 4:00 PM
Mini-clinics on the Dryway
Personal vehicles may be needed for shuttle/transportation
1:00 - 3:00 PM
Check out the afternoon mini-clinics
Mini-clinics leave promptly from the DemoFest site located across from the Zoar Gap picnic area
Saturday, 6/21
Event
8:00 - 9:00 AM
Free continental breakfast for all participants
Located at Zoar Outdoor inside The Outfitters Shop
8:00 - 8:45 AM
Registration (waivers) and breakfast at The Outfitters Shop.
If you need wetsuit, booties or paddling jacket you must check-in at The Outfitters Shop
(We will not have them available at the site)
We will have PFD's, Paddles, Sprayskirts, and Helmets available on site.
Pre-orders for lunches and Saturday night BBQ can be done at The Outfitters Shop for $8.50 each plus tax.  Sorry, we can't take payment at the DemoFest site.
8:30 -
9:30 AM
Registration, waivers and check-in for mini-clinics begins at the DemoFest site located across from the Zoar Gap picnic area. 
9:15 - 9:50 AM
Boat and equipment outfitting and selection
10:00 - 4:00 PM
Boat demos available throughout the day on a first come first serve basis.
Demos are available for mini-clinics and/or private use for no more than 2 hrs.
10:00 - 12:00 Noon
Check out the morning mini-clinics
Mini-clinics leave promptly from the DemoFest site located across from the Zoar Gap picnic area
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Lunch and socializing. Pre-orders for lunches can be made at The Outfitters Shop for $8.50 each plus tax or contact Zoar Outdoor prior to DemoFest. Sorry, we can't take payment at the site.
12:30 - 4:00 PM
Mini-clinics on the Dryway
Personal vehicles may be needed for shuttle/transportation
1:15 - 3:45 PM
Check out the afternoon mini-clinics
Mini-clinics leave promptly from the DemoFest site located across from the Zoar Gap Picnic Area
5:00 - 6:00 PM
Hot dog and hamburger barbecue, $8.50/pp plus tax
Located at: Zoar Outdoor's east pavilion
6:30 - 9:00 PM
Featured Film Presentation:
Located at: Zoar Outdoor's east pavilion
Sunday, 6/22
Event
8:00 - 9:00 AM
Free continental breakfast for all participants
Located at Zoar Outdoor inside The Outfitters Shop
8:00 - 8:45 AM
Registration (waivers) and breakfast at The Outfitters Shop.
If you need wetsuit, booties or paddling jacket you must check-in at The Outfitters Shop (We will not have them available at the site)  We will have PFD's, Paddles, Sprayskirts, and Helmets available on site.
Pre-orders for lunches and Saturday night BBQ can be done at The Outfitters Shop for $8.50 each plus tax.  Sorry, we can't take payment at the DemoFest site.
8:30 -
9:30 AM
Registration, waivers and check-in for mini-clinics begins at the DemoFest site located across from the Zoar Gap picnic area.
9:15-9:50 AM
Boat and equipment outfitting and selection
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Boat demos available throughout the day on a first come first serve basis.
 Demos are available for mini-clinics and/or private use for no more than 2 hrs.
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Check out the morning mini-clinics
Mini-clinics leave promptly from the DemoFest site located across from the Zoar Gap picnic area
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Lunch and socializing. Pre-orders for lunches can be made at The Outfitters Shop for $8.50 each plus tax or contact Zoar Outdoor prior to DemoFest. Sorry, we can't take payment at the site.
12:30 - 4:00 PM
Mini-clinics on the Dryway
Personal vehicles may be needed for shuttle/transportation
1:15 - 3:45 PM
Check out the afternoon mini-clinics
Mini-clinics leave promptly from the DemoFest site located across from the Zoar Gap picnic area
4:00 - 6:00 PM

Socializing at Zoar Outdoor in The Outfitters Shop