CKS Paddlefest Kicks Off Memorial Day Weekend in Colorado

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As part of this year’s event, CKS PaddleFest is partnering with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chaffee County (BGCCC) and the Buena Vista Optimist Club in an effort to raise funds and awareness for local youth throughout the event.

The event draws thousands of newbies and enthusiasts from around the region to learn, share, watch and celebrate what paddling has to offer. The multiple location venues include a flat-water demo center, on water education, river competitions, multi-sport races, free demos, and several other non-paddling and family oriented events centered on “all ages” participation.

“PaddleFest is proud to support the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chaffee County and the Buena Vista Optimist Club through the success of PaddleFest 2014,” says Earl Richmond of CKS. “This is a huge annual event for Chaffee County and it takes great collaboration to pull it off. We feel this will be a solid and productive long term relationship between these two organizations and the event.”

The benefactors feel the same way. “We’re thrilled to be to part of PaddleFest. No single event gets our kids, board members, parents, volunteers and supporters more excited,” says the Boys and Girls Club’s Brian Beaulieu. “We’re also honored to partner with the Optimists this year. It’s like catching the perfect wave. Building a strong sense of community is one of our core beliefs and PaddleFest provides the perfect opportunity to bring all of us together on the water to do just that.”

Schedule of Events
FRIDAY MAY 23

12:00 PM – 7:00 PM – CKS Storewide Sale – 327 East Main St. (CKS Retail Store Location in Buena Vista, CO).
3:00 -6:00 PM – B.V. Pro Kayak Comp. Qualifying Round
6:00 PM – BV FUN Raft Race
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Paddles and Pints Happy Hour
4:00-5:00 PM – Power Happy Hour Join Natali Zollinger, from Natilus SUP, based in Moab, Utah, for an on-water power happy hour. This 1-hr class is a SUP exercise extravaganza that is both challenging and fun. At the Town Pond (McPhelemy Park)
5:00 PM-10:00 PM – Live Music at the South Main River Park
10pm – close Late Night Music – Keep the party going at the Asian Palate w/ the Durango Funk Allstars

SATURDAY MAY 24
9:00 AM – 7:00 PM CKS Storewide Sale at E. Main St Retail Location (327 E. Main St.).
9:00 PM – 5:00 PM Boat and Bike Swap at CKS 327 E Main St.
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM RMOC On Water Educational Courses and Pool Sessions
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM- BV Open Class Amateur Kayak Competition at the Buena Vista River Park in South Main.
9:00 AM – 10:00 PM – SUP TRANSITION: Flatwater to River class at the Town Pond (McPhelemy Park)
9:00 AM – Community Dog Walk – Meet at Gone to the Dogs on E. Main
9:00 AM – 10:30 PM- SUP Fitness with Nikki Gregg
10:00 AM – SUP Yoga For Paddlers
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM – SUP Stroke & Maneuvers With Dan Gavere – meets at RMOC booth next to CKS.
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Whitewater Kayaking Demo Center
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM – SUP and Flatwater Kayaking Demo Center
11:00AM – 3:00PM Intro to Kids Kayaking – Town Pond (McPhelemy Park)
NOON – 2:00 PM – Boardworks Badfish Surf Expo at The South Main Downtown Boat Ramp
NOON- 6:00 PM- BV Pro Kayaking Comp
3pm-5pm – Children’s Bouldering Comp at the South Main boulders.
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM Paddles and Pints Happy Hour
6:00 PM – SUP-Hill-Downhill
5:00 PM-10:00 PM – Live Music at the South Main River Park
10pm – close Late Night Music – Keep the party going at the Asian Palate w/ DJ Dustin Urban

SUNDAY MAY 25
8:00 AM – Spirit Trail Runs and Walks (Registration 7:00 AM)
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM- CKS Storewide Sale. 327 E. Main St Retail Location.
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM- Boat & Bike Swap at CKS. 327 E Main St. Retail Store Location.
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM – On-Water Educational Courses and Pool Sessions with RMOC
9:00 AM – 10:00 PM – SUP TRANSITION: Flatwater to River class at the Town Pond (McPhelemy Park)
10:00 AM – SUP Yoga For Paddlers
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM – SUP Stroke & Maneuvers With Dan Gavere – meets at RMOC booth next to CKS.
10:00 AM – Yucca Classic Disc Golf Tournament
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Whitewater Kayaking Demo Center at the Buena Vista River Park in South Main.
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – SUP and Flatwater Kayaking Demo Center
11:00AM – 3:00PM Intro to Kids Kayaking – Town Pond (McPhelemy Park) (every hour on the hour)
11:00AM – 3:00PM Intro to Kids SUP – Town Pond (McPhelemy Park) (every hour on the hour)
12 HIGH NOON – Rule the Roost
NOON – 2:00 PM – Boardworks Badfish Surf Expo at The South Main Downtown Boat Ramp
NOON-2:30 PM- SUP Techniques to Promote Paddling Efficiency and Prevent Injury w/ Nikki Gregg
NOON – 3:00 – X-Plore Games: A GPS Scavenger Hunt for Parents and Kids (McPhelemy Park) (every hour on the hour)
2pm-4pm – Bouldering Comp at the South Main boulders.
2 PM – Kids, Kayaks and Groovers – Oh My! Float (2pm), Family Dinner (6pm), Slideshow (8pm).
3:00 PM – Buoy Bonanza McPhelemy Park
4:30 PM – Youth Pond Slalom Race – A FUN kayak, SUP or canoe race for beginning and intermediate level paddlers. McPhelmee Pond.
5pm-8pm- Live Music, Food, and Guest Speakers – Bring the entire family to the South Main River Park for an evening of great music, food and drinks.
6:00 PM – Kids, Kayaks and Groovers – Oh My! Float (2pm), Family Dinner (6pm), Slideshow (8pm).

MONDAY MAY 26
9am-5pm – CKS Storewide Sale at E. Main St Retail Location.
9:00-10:00 AM – Power Happy Hour Join Natali Zollinger, from Natilus SUP, based in Moab, Utah, for an on-water power happy hour. This 1-hr class is a SUP exercise extravaganza that is both challenging and fun. At the Town Pond (McPhelemy Park)
11am-2pm – Race to the Grill River Runner’s Race to the Grill

Info: Info: www.ckspaddlefest.com