The gauge on AW was showing the Pemi around 600 cfs which is a pretty fun level for the park and play hole at the takeout. With a free day and a great level, I made plans to meet a friend at the play hole for the afternoon. Unfortunately when we arrived, the river was running at over 1000 cfs and the hole had washed out.
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.
All three of the running sections of the Deerfield were abuzz with paddlers, and Zoar was no doubt in the middle of all the action going on. Zoar instructors and Team Z members Katelyn Green and Jim Sullivan enjoyed the beautiful day Saturday with all the other boaters on the river, and were there all afternoon to let passing boaters demo playboats from Jackson Kayak, Dagger, and Wavesport, including the new 2016 Jackson Rockstar.
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.
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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.