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Old 05-17-2012   #1
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Paddle Fest 2012 May 25-27th.

Paddle Fest 2012, once again, will be Memorial Day Weekend in Buena Vista, Colorado. The mission is to "Kick off the Paddling Season" with events for all ages and abilities. A community run event with the BV River Park as the beneficiary that so many people get to enjoy every year. Hope to see you there.

9am-5pm- On Water Educational Courses and Pool Sessions with RMOC. Learn all facets of kayaking from the best instructors in the world at PaddleFest. From first time paddling classes to advanced techniques, PaddleFest offers it all to you.

10am- SikMik Pump Track Competition- Brought to you by 5.10 at the BV Pump Track at the end of E Main St. An all ages and all ability race and agility contest at the BV Pump Track (A skate park for mountain bikers).

11 am-1pm-River Surf Expo presented by BoardWorks -At the Buena Vista River Park ( Staircase Wave-just up from South Main.) Come learn some basic river SUP surf skills and try out the newest river surf SUP’s. This is for people with previous river SUP experience. Must have your own paddling gear. Demo boards will be provided.

11am-3pm- Whitewater Kayaking Demo Center-Buena Vista River Park in South Main Come test the new 2012 whitewater kayaks and learn about boat design from the world’s best manufacturers at the Buena Vista River Park.

11am-4pm- SUP and Flatwater Kayaking Demo Center- presented by BoardWorks -At the Buena Vista Town Pond at McPhelemy Park. Come learn some basic skills and try out the best in Flat-Water Kayaking, Kayak Fishing, SUP, and Inflatable technologies.

10am-3pm- Combo Clinics at McPhelemy Park. Intro classes and flat water paddling clinics for Stand Up Paddling (SUP), Kayak Fitness, Lake Kayaking and Kayak Fising on the BoardWorks Pond at McPhelemy Park.

11am-4pm- Keynote Speakers- Dry land presentations and education for those not wanting to get wet. State Highway Building, E Main St.

NOON – SUP Yoga For Paddlers – Yoga keeps your core in shape and your body in balance. So does Paddling! Come learn how to apply fun and basic Yoga techniques on dry land and then yoga up on a SUP board. You will love how you feel after this course. Even if you did get a little wet.
Join Jenna with jalaBlu Yoga / $5.00-$8.00 Suggested ‘jala’ Donation – Location: BV Town Pond

2:00-3:30pm- SUP High Jump Competition at the Boardworks SUP Pond in McPhelemy Park. I say jump you say how high? A fun high jump contest on paddle boards (SUP) for all ages and abilities.
3pm-7pm- BV Pro Kayaking Finals- Buena Vista River Park in South Main. Watch the best in the world battle it out for the BV Pro Kayaking Title. A must see event full of excitement and thrills.

6pm- SUP-Hill-Downhill- Meet at the South Main River Park at 5 pm with your boards and all your gear. A fun uphill, but short , foot race to your SUP board (which will be stashed up stream) and a Chinese downhill SUP River Race to the finish line in South Main. Cash and prizes for the winners.

12pm-9pm Happy Hour- PaddleFest is brought to you by our title sponsor Eddyline Brewing. Along with Deerhammer Distillery and Vino Salida present Riverside Happy Hour at the South Main Square. Beer, food and music and vendors at the South Main Square during the BV Pro Kayaking Competition. An all ages event.

7:30-8:30pm- River Flicks Movie Premier at the State Highway Building. Presented by Forge Motion’s.

8:30-11 pm- TEVA Block Party and listen to Live Music at the BV Roastery. Come enjoy local crafted Eddyline Beer , Whiskey from Deerhammer Distillery and Vino from Vino Salida while listening to the band I’m With Her featuring Angie Stevens.

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Old 05-21-2012   #2
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P-Fest is gonna be great this year

I'm pretty excited for Paddle-Fest this year.
Looks like there is an event for everyone to enjoy. kayak, SUP, Rodeo, Dirt track, swap, beer drinking.
If you haven't been to Paddle-Fest before, make sure and come check it out. It is a blast and everything kayaking and SUP related is showcased.
I'm looking forward to seeing old friends, making new ones, SUPing, kayaking and cracking open the new "boater Beer" from Eddyline Brewing.
CKS puts on a great show to kick off the season.
See you there. Atom...

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Old 05-21-2012   #3
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There really is an event for everyone, including the 2nd annual "Yucca Classic" disc golf tournament.

Yucca Classic Disc Golf Tournament | CKS PaddleFest 2012

Going to be a great weekend!
GARNA’s mission is to foster stewardship of the resources of the greater Arkansas River region through education, volunteerism and experiences.
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Old 05-22-2012   #4
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Raising funds and awareness for the Arkansas River thought on water education, special events and BEER
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Old 05-22-2012   #5
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Four things... really excited to drink some Eddy Line beer out of a can, because I'm always looking for good canned beer for my self support missions.
The Eckstein kayaking family Deerhammer Distillery should help drink the rest of my low water blues away, which is helpful.
The Evergreen Cafe packed with boater scum.
And the typically terrifying Lake Creek should be at a perfect mellow level.

Going to be a good weekend.
Kyle McCutchen
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Old 05-22-2012   #6
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Last week some creek boater came in with their tails between their legs after trying to run Lake Creek at 450 cfs. Stout level for any class 5 boater in the lower section. It was cool to see scared boaters in this low water year.

Hope to see you all at Paddle Fest. Converting people to paddlers while raising funds for the Ark
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Old 05-22-2012   #7
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Lake creek, disc golf, playboating, and boater beer. Can't wait.
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Old 05-22-2012   #8
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I'm excited to see that Paddlefest is growing and adding new events each year. This year there is a Pump Track Comp which will bring more athletes in to BV and should be fun to watch. Personally, I'm excited for the BV Pro Rodeo and for my first time on the water in 9 months.
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Old 05-22-2012   #9
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Excited about paddlefest this year, going to see some old faces and meet some new ones as well. Excited to help get some newbies started in the right direction!
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Old 05-22-2012   #10
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Does anyone know if they are starting a release in time for paddlefest, or are we going to have the current 400CFS/ish flows?

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