Indoor River

The Outside World has moved to a new location, and has built its own simulated river for paddlers to test boats and take classes. Check it out at the Spring Paddle Expo March 12 through 14.

The new store, almost twice the size of the original store, is on Quill Drive in Dawsonville, Georgia, just south of the outlet malls off of GA 400. In addition there is now an in-ground pool located at their new store. This new pool also boasts a world’s first; a simulated river designed just for canoeists and kayakers. “Moving water is a new retail concept that allows customers the ability to not only test out new boats but to actually improve their paddling skills indoors,” said manager Brent Troncalli. They have two 50 HP. pumps pushing almost 10,000 gallons of water a minute to create a standing wave. This wave allows boaters to surf their boats and to perform tricks in a relatively small body of water.

The Expo will feature an indoor kayak rodeo at 2 p.m. Saturday, featuring four to six world-class paddlers, with the winners to be decided by the crowd. The show will also feature slide shows from some members of the team that paddled the Tsang Po River in Nepal. For more information call (706) 265-4500, or e-mail at [email protected]

The article was originally published on Canoe & Kayak

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