Saturday, May 14, 2011

Canoe and Kayak Demo's underway!

This last weekend Team Clipper was on the road doing some clinics and boat demos with our 3 Okanagan Valhalla Pure dealers in Kamloops, Vernon and Kelowna. With knowledgeable staff and a large selection of Clipper Canoes in stock it's easy to see why these 3 stores are such strong dealers for Clipper.

Our first demo was on the North Thompson River in Kamloops. Along with the reps from Confluence Watersports and Delta kayaks. Between the stores demos and all the reps boats there was no shortage of boats to pick from. All though there were a few snow flakes falling during breakfast the weather stayed decent until after the demo.

Neil from Valhalla Kamloops taking out the always beautiful Basalt Prospector by Clipper.

The local outrigger and dragon boat teams were also out for a paddle that morning.

The next day we were headed to Pioneer Park in Oyama for a joint Vernon /Kelowna Valhalla demo. Despite grey cloud and threats of snow there was a huge turn out for this demo. Lots of people came out to paddle that morning with more future canoes owners than I've met in a long time.

The Tripper S by Clipper and The Commander by Wilderness Systems out for a cruise.

While the snow manged to hold during our demo's it wasn't afraid to remind us, on the way home just how persistent winter can be here in BC. Extra snow in the hills means more water in the rivers, don't miss out on this awesome year for whitewater paddling. Check here for whitewater kayak: Purple Hayes lesson Schedule.

Western Canoeing and Kayaking has also been running some local demos at Cultus and Mill Lake as well as Jericho beach in Vancouver. With the addition of Hobie Kayaks and their unique Mirage Drive as well as paddle boards we have had to add a lot of extra demos this year. Look here for the next WCK Demo days.

Shelly on the Big Easy by Starboard with the 3 demo Hobie Islands ready to go on the beach. Even with only light wind the Hobie sailing kayaks really fly.

Laura giving the run down on the Hobie controls. The cool 'roller fairing' sail and boom less design make learning to sail a Hobie really easy.

The Hobie Pro Angler is the ultimate fish killing platform. It comes from the factory with upgraded Turbo fins on the Mirage drive and is as mobile as any sleeker kayak but offers enough stability and room for standing and walking around. This thing is seriously decked out for fishing.

Stay tuned for more updates on Demo's and clinics.

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