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Zoar and Women in Adventure

posted on by Bruce Lessels

Kelsey Henderson was a teenager the first time she went whitewater rafting with her father, Huckle May, at Zoar Outdoor in Western Massachusetts.
Not one who was particularly familiar with nature, Henderson was nervous—especially when she got out on the rapids on the Deerfield River. She realized she wouldn’t just be floating downstream; the game was about staying in the raft and learning what to do if you fell out. Vivian Black guided Henderson’s group that day. May says Black took control and exuded confidence as she led and mentored. “Kelsey had never done anything like that,” May says. “There were a lot of female raft guides there. It was a good thing. It sent an important message.” Henderson is a nurse in Lansing, Michigan, now. At 21, she works hard and already owns her own home. Her father says that adventure sports helped her to understand she could be strong, successful and confident—like Black.

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Staff Spotlight: Amanda Major

posted on by Jim Sullivan

New to the Zoar Outdoor Paddlesports team in 2017, Amanda learns fast and is a joy to work with.  We met Amanda last year around this time when Jim went out “recruiting”/paddling with area colleges pool programs.   Amanda was a part of Hampshire College kayaking classes and had taken an interest in becoming an instructor.  Read more about how Amanda started her employment with Zoar outdoor and we hope you get a chance to learn from this excellent instructor next summer!

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Is my boat properly outfitted?

posted on by Jim Sullivan

Modern kayak design has afforded most paddlers the ease of just being able to sit in any boat that’s the correct size and feel like it fits. It’s certainly much less like the old days where lots of duct tape and scrap foam was required to really feel connected to your boat. But how do you know if your boat really is outfitted correctly for you?  Keep reading.

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Welcome to the World of Whitewater

posted on by Blair Winans

If you're curious about whitewater kayaking, this is the best weekend of the summer to give it a try! These playful whitewater kayaks are a blast, and we're ready to give you the foundation of skills in a comfortable and supportive learning environment. Click Here

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DemoFest 2017

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It's time for DemoFest! Join us on June 23rd to 25th for a weekend full of boat demos, games on the water, mini clinics, and great deals on the latest gear. Click here to learn more about the schedule, and call us at 1-800-532-7483 to sign up for mini clinics ahead of time. Don't forget, Saturday night is Deerfield River Fest at the Charlemont Fairgrounds, too!

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