7th ANNUAL DEMOFEST
by Karen Blom
ZOAR OUTDOOR HOSTS 7TH ANNUAL DEMOFEST
Charlemont, MA --
Zoar Outdoor will be hosting the 7th Annual DemoFest, June 25 – 27, 2010 on the Deerfield River in western, Massachusetts. DemoFest is a free event open to the public designed to give seasoned paddlers the latest information on the whitewater industry. It is an opportunity to test out boats, use paddles, and get some instruction from some of the most accomplished paddlers in the country.
New this year will be a free clinic- "Smart Start/Intro to Kayaking" for beginners 9 am – 12 noon on Saturday and Sunday. This clinic will use sit-on-top kayaks which provide an easy way for recreational paddlers to try out kayaking. The paddler sits on top of the boat instead of being inside the boat wearing a sprayskirt. The boats are more stable and less tippy than whitewater kayaks.
Manufacturer representatives, Team Z members and Zoar Outdoor instruction staff will give free technique clinics on the Deerfield River through out the weekend. There will be the full line of whitewater boats will be available for demo. Saturday evening will feature a BBQ from 5 – 6:30 pm and film fest. NEW this year, Demofest will be hosting the National Paddling Film Fest Roadshow from 6:30 – 9 pm.
For 27 years the National Paddling Film Festival has been hosting a competition to determine the best in paddle sport videos and images. The Roadshow is a selection films hosted and presented by local clubs or organizations. The films come from the NPFF’s extensive paddlesport library covering amateur and professional entries from 22 years of festivals. The Roadshow has been seen several dozen cities in over 18 states, Canada and Europe.
Free mini-clinics include improving your roll, river runs, freestyle, kids clinics, stroke timing & efficiency to name a few. Demofest runs from 9 am – 4 pm each day. A more detailed schedule is available at www.zoaroutdoor.com/demofest.htm. Space is limited on day, so it’s best to reserve a spot ahead of time. Reservations can be made by calling 800-532-7483.