CKS Paddlefest 2018

CKS Main Street is excited to announce CKS Paddlefest 2018, the Memorial Weekend kick-off to summer fun in Buena Vista, Colorado. Paddlefest is the interactive and hands-on experience of the year providing endless opportunities to demo 2018 paddle gear, choose from a host of on-water, kayak and stand-up- paddleboard (SUP) workshops, get ACA certified at one of the instructor courses offered, and talk to the industry experts about this years’ best new gear!  Paddlefest is host to professional and amateur kayak and SUP competitions; running, bouldering, and bike races; river competitions; kids clinics and fitness and yoga workshops; free flatwater and whitewater demos; and is a weekend of music, locally produced libations and fun-filled celebration of spring outdoor activities in Colorado. 

The event draws thousands of paddlesport newbies and enthusiasts from around the region to learn, share, watch and celebrate what paddling and other outdoor pursuits have to offer.  The quaint town of Buena Vista, Colorado hosts multiple event venues including a flat-water demo center at the Town Lake, a playpark on the Arkansas River, and a Mainstreet event location. 

Paddlefest weekend, May 25 to May 28, 2018, is also host to the Annual CKS Gear Swap and Store-wide Sale. CKS is Colorado’s largest paddlesports retailer and this is one of the largest paddlesports gear swaps in the state. Sell your old gear and get into something new at bargain prices! 

CKS Main Street and Paddlefest are committed to educating the next generation about outdoor recreation and providing youth with safe, fun access to outdoor activities. Paddlefest has tons of opportunities for kids to learn new skills and experience water and land-based outdoor sports in a safe and fun environment!  In pursuit of this mission to connect kids with outdoor activities and to create life-long outdoor enthusiasts.  

Paddlefest raises funds and awareness for local non-profit organizations. This year’s beneficiary is Chaffee County Search and Rescue North.  For the Full schedule head to


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