The photo above from left to right: Erik Ogaard, Dave Wells from Naturally Superior Adventures, Sean and Dave Corrigan from Harbourfront Canoe and Kayak Centre.
Just got back from the Toronto Outdoor Adventure Show with mixed impressions. It's like many other outdoor adventure shows with a mix of outdoor stores, guiding companies, SCUBA companies and adventure travel companies hawking their wears.
I always seem to walk out with a medium view of it. I go to this event interested in seeing what's new and what is going to be coming out for the 2008 season. That never happens as booths really only bring a small amount of trinkets that will likely sell to the impulse shopper. Everybody and their brother seemed to have a great selection of Otter Cases and low-end PFD's though!
The pool had a nice selection of canoe and kayak demonstrations including Greenland rolling and basic canoe strokes.
I have done the pool demo thing in the past and listening to them from the dry floor, I'm reminded again that when we present demo's to the general public, we really need to leave the paddling lexicon at the door. When you are mentioning the word chine, you have gone into territory that is WAY beyond the demo pool session.
Also, keep your explanations really simple. You are talking to people who most likely have never been in a canoe/kayak before so you don't need explain the scientific design behind your carbon-fiber bent shaft canoe paddle. They just want to watch you spin around like little ducks. After watching you they can get inspired and sign-up for a course. Then you can talk about your fancy new paddle all day...