Scupper Pro Frank
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Joined: Feb. 2004
||Posted: Oct. 10 2007,09:53
IT'S THE FALL KAYAK DEMO WEEKEND AT OKEEHEELEE
The FALL KAYAK FEST is put on by Adventure Times Kayaks of North Palm Beach each year. They use Okeeheelee Park in Palm Beach County as the demo site, as it affords lots of lake beachfront for the various manufacturers' reps to line up several areas for their wares to be demoed. SOTs, SINKs, paddlers, peddlers, and -speaking of peddlers -they even have paddle-boats...!
Not our cup of tea, but it goes over great with lots of kids (and their thankful parents, LOL!)
Among others who'll be there are CD, Heritage, RTM, and Impex.
This is where we got our first single lo these many years ago, Sally's raspberry Scupper Classic. We followed it up with my Scupper Pro, and the rest, as they say, is histology...
It costs $8 per person, with the proceeds going to the Okeeheelee Nature Center, a neat little zoo-like educational facility on Park grounds, and it's well worth the admission price in our opinion -it's a really good cause.
They offer free basic intro paddling courses for all, and free rolling classes for the SINKers among us, all taught by good, patient instructors.
We've made it 7 out of the past 8 years, and it's proven it's worth for us in particular: it's where Sally found and actually liked a SINK, the Hurricane Tracer. I got her one later that year for Christmas -her Tracer is made of Trylon, Hurricane's thermo-vacuformed hardshell plastic, and is a significantly faster/easier-to-paddle boat than her Scupper. Hurricane also carries the Phoenix line of SOTs in Trylon, and I like them as well -they're lighter and better-finished than typical Tupperware boats like the Scuppers, and while made of the same basic plastics, look like they're made of glass.
At any rate, there'll be a nice line-up of new, used, and demo specials available for sale, and many more to just get out there & try.
It's a lot of fun, is run by a nice shop, and supports a worthy cause.
And it's a great way to try out a bunch of boats and compare & contrast them as you
Scupper Pro Frank