Our P&H kayaks just waiting to be demo’d!

ACK attended the 2012 Corpus Christi Paddlefest put on by the Corpus Christi Kayak Club for a weekend filled with sea kayaking (plus a bit of stand up paddleboarding) despite bad weather. Representing ACK was Seth Bowles of the Austin store and myself, though we were joined by Jonathan, SUP expert and Rob, paddling enthusiast and friend of ACK. We partnered with our favorite maker of sea kayaks, P&H, who sent world renown sea kayaking instructor Ben Lawry as their representative.

Seth preparing a pair of paddlers for his edging and bracing class.

The Corpus Christi Paddlefest is an opportunity for paddlers to learn technique from experienced ACA certified instructors, demo new boats from retailers like us and spend time enjoying the water with like minded individuals. The event itself is in its 9th year and normally draws over 100 paddlers to the area. This year we saw a little bit less than that number in attendance, the obvious reason being that between heavy rains Friday & Saturday and 15-20 mph winds on Sunday, the weather wasn’t all that great for paddling. While most of the half-day tours were cancelled, event goers were still treated to lots of quality instruction and had plenty of time to paddle during the overcast Saturday and Sunday.

Ben instructs a full class on turning technique.

The P&H kayaks we brought were a big hit. Lots of paddlers seemed interested in the Scorpio for it’s multi-day storage capacities and touring abilities as well as the Delphin for it’s unique chines that make it ideal for playing in the surf. Ben’s classes were all very popular as well! I had a chance to watch parts of his lesson on proper turning technique and was very impressed. That particular class was interesting to watch as he had paddlers practice their technique off the water before even getting in the kayaks!

All in all it was a very excting event and we all had a great time! Aside from the paddling, there was tons of wildlife to be seen including dolphins and a large variety of waterfowl. We were glad to have been a part of such a great event. Until next time, thanks for reading and happy paddling!  – Joseph@ACK

View the Flikr photo gallery of the event here. Also, here is Seth showcasing his rolling abilities using a GoPro.