May 19th 2007
Well after telling myself that I would never go to another Demo Day I went again this year, but things have changed. There is now a small fee $5, that goes to charity (Lynnhaven River 2007 I think). The fee is a great idea, it eliminates the people that have no intention on ever buying a kayak, and allows the person that is in the market for a kayak. Last year was a real mess, I remember the family that felt it necessary for all 5 of them to take the terrified dog for a kayak ride. You know when you charge, the whole dynamic changes. The company I used to work for had a large picnic every year, and there were a lot of no shows, something like half. One year they decided on a $2 per adult fee, not only did attendance increase, but the no show rate dropped to nearly zero.
Nick and I spent a little over an hour at the event, and it was great, we got to try the boats we wanted to, without waiting forever. Nick of course had to do a trip on the Hobie Mirage Drive kayak, he thinks it is pretty cool, but his legs are a little to short to really get it moving. We messed around with several other boats, and finished up with the Tsunami SP and 170, both of which will be our next boats. The SP was perfect for Nick, and should last him a few years, and I really liked the 170.
So to Wild River Outfitters, I really enjoyed the new demo day format, and I will return next year...
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