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List of Kayak Demo Events for 2013

Posted by on May 3, 2013

The most critical step to buying a new kayak is taking it for a spin on the water. Never buy a kayak without demoing it first; that’s like buying a new pair of pants after losing 10lbs without trying them on first! It’s impossible to know how a kayak will feel by looking at it on the rack in the showroom but a proper demo is sure to be enlightening!

Lots of Kayaks

Many small kayak shops offer on-site demos or rent-to-buy programs that will allow you to test out a few kayaks. However, it’s hard to beat a full-blown demo event in terms of both the number of kayaks available to try and the opportunity to interact with the many other paddlers in attendance. Here is a list of some of the primere kayak demo events across the country:


Northeast Region:

May 4-5: Demo weekend at The Kayak Centre of Rhode Island in North Kingstown, RI

***Alex and I plan to be in attendance at the Kayak Centre Demo Weekend in RI on Saturday May 4th. Keep a lookout for us in our bright blue t-shirts!

May 18-20: Adirondack Paddlefest at Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company in Old Forge, NY

June 7-9: Paddle Fest at LL Bean in Freeport, ME

June 29-30: Demofest 2013 at Zoar Outdoors in Charlemont, MA


***If you know of a fun kayak demo event in your area then please leave the details in a comment and I’ll be sure to add it to the list***

-Kayak Dave



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