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Paddling Partners 2016

Kayak Demo Program

Important notice:

  Reservations are required for each Kayak Demo.  Reservations can be made one week in advance via phone (530-626-3435) , or e-mail: info@theriverstore.com

A way for people who are in the market to buy a Kayak, Inflatable Kayak, or Raft, to test out what is available.  In order to provide better service to the growing number of folks doing free kayak demo, we have modified our Paddling Partners/ kayak demo program for 2015-2016. members receive multiple benefits in the form of discounts, demos and other perks. These programs allow for full use of Paddling Partner Membership fee towards the purchase of a new boat. We encourage you to support your local businesses.

We now offer 2 options for Paddling Partners members:

Basic Partner Plan $49 : (Includes 4 free Kayak Demos : Boat, Float-bags, Outfitting Foam.)

  • All other gear will need to be rented.
  • You can apply the $49 towards a purchase of a new boat within the same year you sign-up for this Kayak Demo program. This credit may not be used with any other discounts and may only be applied to a boat purchased at the full retail price.
  • Participants in this program also have automatic membership in our River Store rewards Program
  • Members have rolling pool use privileges (subject to safety restrictions and availability)


Partner Elite Demo/Rewards Program: $150 =  (includes 10+free Kayak Demos and max of 2 demos of any individual boat).

  • Kayak Demo includes use of Full Equipment package (normally $45 RENTAL) up to 3 Times within Season (PFD, HELMET, PADDLE, SKIRT) in addition to Float bags & Outfitting which are always available Free. Demos are subject to availability, reservations can be made 7 days in advance only.
  • Demos 10+ means that you can demo up to 10 boats under the program, at the point when you reach 10 boats if you are still in the market to buy and just looking to narrow it down then you can renew your membership at the standard or elite level (at the standard price for each).
  • $150 may be used towards purchase of a New Boat during or at the end of the season (within the same calendar year). This credit may not be used with any other discounts and may only be applied to a boat purchased at the full retail price.
  • Elite members are eligible for use of boats OFF South Fork at 15% off regular rental fee, permission must be obtained to do this.
  • This package also entitles members to 15% off any other rentals during the year, including drysuit rentals
  • Automatic membership in our River Store rewards program.
  • Members have rolling pool use privileges (subject to safety restrictions and availability)
  • (Kayak Demo Season: Now- 12/31/16 if you signed up after to Sept 1 2015   OR if signed up prior Sept 1 your program expired 12/31/2015)

Kayak Rolling Practice Pool

  • 2 adults must be present at all times
  • You must check in briefly with River Store Staff prior to entering the pool area.
  • Access is only available when the pool is empty, and any Classes have priority in the pool
  • Please! Not meant for anyone to be teaching Kayak rolling to others.  Your rights to use the pool can and will be rescinded for this or any reason deemed appropriate by River Store staff.
  • Mondays are not included due to pool maintenance schedule.

Signing up is Easy and will only take 5 min of your time at the shop in the morning before your trip.

The Sign up fee  places you in the Paddling Partners Program which is a club membership which allows you access to the boats, rolling pool, rewards program, and puts you on our Partners mailing list so that you are first to hear of  promotions, deals and events sponsored by the shop.  When you purchase a “New”  boat from the River Store, you get back the Membership Fee you paid !
To Sign-Up, drop in at the store and fill out our Paddling Partners Agreement & Release of Liability & Assumption of Risk Form.  We will store this paperwork for the season (sign up once and done for the whole season :o) !) From then on you can call or e-mail us to reserve a boat for any date we are open. Our Demo Boats/Boards are only available for use on the South Fork of the American River between Chili Bar & Salmon Falls, but can be rented for use above Chili Bar or off of the South Fork American River.

Kayaks for rent

If you would like to test out one of our boats on another segment of river, we do have kayaks for rent available.  (WE OFTEN GET ASKED: why we don’t have kayaks for rent, it is illegal on the south fork American river between Chilibar and Salmon falls per a county ordinance.  However we do offer California Kayak Rentals they just need to be on any other segment of river or lake in the state.  IF you have questions about kayaks for rent including Touring boats which we do rent,  give us a shout at info@theriverstore.com)

Reservations are encouraged as we have 40 whitewater demo  kayaks but only one of each model! We take reservations 1 week prior to use, contact us at 530 626 3435 or info@theriverstore.com

demo kayaks, kayaks for Rent


2016 Demo Fleet

Play Boats

Pyranha: Rev S,  (FOR SALE)

Liquid Logic: Vision 44 (FOR SALE)

Dagger Jitsu  5.9 & 6.0

Wavesport: Project X, 48, 64 (FOR SALE)

Wavesport:Mobius 49, Mobius 65 

River Runners that Play

Wavesport Fuse   48 , 56 (FOR SALE

Pyranha: Loki M & Loki L (on lone periodically from Pete Delosa Team Pyranah call to reserve)

River Runners with Volume that Play

Dagger Axiom 8.0, 8.5, 9.0

Pyranah Nano: M, L   (FOR SALE)

River Runners that Creek

Dagger Mamba Creeker 7.6, 8.1, 8.6

WaveSport Diesel 60, 70, & 80

Pyranha Burn III:   S, M, L     XL Burn Coming April 2016

Creek Boats

Dagger:  Nomad 8.5 

Dagger: NEW Nomad 8.2, 8.6, 9.0 will be here April 2016

Liquid Logic: Stomper 90 (FOR SALE)

Wavesport Recon 70 (FOR SALE)

Pyranha: Shiva S, M, (FOR SALE)


Dagger: Green Boat 11.5 

Kids Boats (contact us in advance for these they are over at our warehouse)

Dagger: Axiom 6.9

Inflatable Kayaks & Rafts

Tom Cat I (solo IK)   (Currently we have 2 of these)

Tom Cat II (tandem IK)   (Currently we have 2 of these)

Aire Lynx  (Solo IK)  (Currently we have 1 of these)

NRS Outlaw (Solo IK)  (Currently we have 1 of these)

NRS Outlaw (Tandem IK)  (Currently we have 1 of these)

Rocky Mountain Rafts Animas IK Solo   (Currently we have 1 of these)

Stand Up River Boards:


NRS EARL 6 (Arriving May 2016)

Bellyaks   (Yeah what is a bellyak anyways? ….)

Ride 35

Ride 45



Paddling Partners Kayak Demo and Kayaks for rent include the boat use only all other gear is subject to rental fees.

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