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.
Staff training is always a great opportunity to catch up with friends, get out on the water, shake off the rust, and share some teaching tricks. This year we had a pretty good turnout with lots of returning Paddlesports staff. After catching up and hearing a little bit about what is new with Zoar for 2015, we broke up by department and geared up for the river.
2014 was a pretty different year for me. I moved on from the seasonal lifestyle and stepped down as an Assistant Instruction Manager at Zoar Outdoor to take a full time position at NEMO Equipment... I also became an ambassador for Dagger Kayaks, AT Paddles, and Bomber Gear this year. I have been using AT Paddles almost exclusively for many years and I couldn’t be happier with the Mamba Creeker and the Jitsu. I really like what these companies are doing and I am really excited to be representing them in a professional capacity...
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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.