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There is a Paddlesport 2010 show at the Garden State Exhibit Center. I don't know anything about it, I saw it in a copy of ON THE WATER. Largest Canoe and Kayak show on the East Coast. If you're looking to buy just wait for Barrel to open back up. Not a yakker yet but if I were I would take the time to try out a couple different models. The show is March 26-28. 188-22-KAYAK. jerseypaddler.com Hope this helps.
 

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Just kinda checked out the site. If you are new to kayaking you have to check out Hobie. There online store doesn't even have any Hobie boats. The Manufactures at the show includes Hobie but not sure how well they will be represented. Being you are on this site I assume you are going to fish from it and you can't ignore Hobie as a purchase. I might check it out just to get out of the house but don't consider a purchase without checking out a Hobie with Mirage drive. Not a dealer just someone who did a lot of research last year before becoming ill. Lots of good reviews on Sterling Harbor and Barrel they both will give you their expertise and test ride.
 

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The paddlesport show is put on by one dealer from Toms River. He gets the reps to come and pay him for a space so they can work for him for free. It still amazes me Ive never been able to get any body to work for free and then pay me on top of it. Anyway you should always demo before buying. Wait for warmer weather and try out some yaks. Price you pay will be no more then the paddlesport show.
 

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I have been to Paddlesport and I think that the show is great. They have pretty much every major brand of kayak at the show with many different models on hand. No, you can not test them right then and there, just like any other boat show in the North East during the winter, but still you can see what’s available and what’s new. I found my newest kayak at this show last year. Also they have TONS of accessories and clothing at discounted prices and yes the discounts are true discounts. My girlfriend picked up a pair of Keens that were new last year, they listed for $90 and she got them for $75. I then stopped by Thule and picked up bars and a rack system and saved about $80 because of the show discount. They also have seminars running the whole show.

I would say that if you can stop by definitely do so it is well worth it

The dealer that puts the show on has a massive store in Brick, carries over 20 brands of kayaks and does a ton of business year round. No, they are not sponsors here but they are a top notch operation.

Sounds like some people here have a case of sour grapes…
 

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I actually already have 2 kayaks, an 09' Outback and a Cobra fish and dive that I bought from Barrell. I'm just looking for a show to kill some time this winter and my Dad is interested in possibly a Volt or Bassyaks conversion. Thanks for the input I'll check out everyones reccommendations.
 

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I have a boat and two kayaks but I still got to the boat shows and this show just to look.
Take a look at the seminars that are going be at the show, I know they are still firming them up but you can get a general idea. Last year I had a lot of good convo’s and learned a lot form all of the people there. It’s a great way to kill some time during the late winter / early spring.
 
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