The snow is long gone and the weather is getting warmer, which means that paddling season has arrived in New Hampshire. A great way for those new to kayaking to get started in the sport is to attend the 2012 New England Paddlesports Show, which runs March 30-April 1 at the UNH Field House in Durham, NH.
The event is organized by Kittery Trading Post, and features more than sixty of the top names in the paddling industry, including Bending Branches Paddles, Current Designs Kayaks, Kokatat Paddling Apparel, and Old Town Canoes and Kayaks. Vendors will be on hand all weekend to answer questions and help people select appropriate equipment and clothing.
This event is not just about sales. Visitors can chat with experts from local and regional paddle touring companies, and paddling organizations such as the Maine Island Trail Association and the Northern Forest Canoe Trail.
Throughout the weekend, visitors can attend seminars and pool demonstrations conducted by paddling experts. This year’s seminars focus heavily on the how tos of kayaking, and newcomers will leave with tips on choosing a boat, rolling and rescues, avoiding the dreaded “bad day”on the water, and even how to go lobstering from a kayak. This year the show offers more opportunities to learn about stand up paddling, with lectures and demonstrations throughout the weekend.
From beginners to experts, visitors to the New England Paddlesports show will find something to energize and inspire them for the season ahead. Hours: Friday 5-9, Saturday 9-6, and Sunday 9-4. Admission is $7, under 16 for free. For more information and directions, go to www.ktp.com.