Friday, May 11, 2012

It's Clinic Season

At this time of year we are on the road visiting our dealers throughout Western Canada and beyond. This week I had the pleasure of taking a number of retail floor staff through the Werner G.U.I.D.E. clinic and the Kokatat Watersports Wear line up. An opportunity to take retail floor staff through the gear, educating them on everything from paddle materials and design to why a Kokatat Goretex drysuit will be one of the best investments a paddler can make. A special thanks to the crew at Ecomarine Ocean Kayak Centre, Valhalla Pure Outfitters - Squamish, Escape Route and Western Canoeing and Kayaking. As I write this blogpost this morning I am also thinking ahead to my Jackson Kayak Clinic with our new dealer in West Seattle, Mountain to Sound Outfitters. This is a fantastic shop, owned by Greg & Kara Whitaker. The staff is young and enthusiastic and I am stoked to get them on the water at Lake Sammammish this morning. This will also be the site of tomorrow's Northwest Paddling Festival so if you are in the Seattle area please come by and check out everything paddlesports. We'll be there with our fleet of Jackson Kayaks!!! This 2nd year event, in this new location is setting the stage to becoming the largest outdoor paddlesports festival in North America. I'll be writing from the road a lot in the next three weeks so if the format seems a bit off my apologies, finding the right software can be challenging. In the meantime, have a great day and get outside (even if that only means walking outside during your lunch break)!!

Green River, UT

Green River, UT
Photo: Shawna Franklin