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Canoecopia Paddlesports Expo: Weekend Roadtrip to Madison, Wisconsin

  • Mar 9, 2013 · 4:30 AM
  • Focus Therapeutic Massage


To save on the time away and the expense of one extra night in a motel, I've changed the departure date/time to DEPARTING Saturday at 4:30am & only staying one night in a motel.

Feb 26th is the last day to buy your tix online at a discount.

By splitting the gas cost and motel rooms, the total cost will be much cheaper, the more people that go.

The total estimate, excluding your show ticket, is currently at $80 each.

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Canoecopia Paddlesports Expo: Weekend Roadtrip to Madison, Wisconsin

Let's make an IYAK Weekend Roadtrip north to Madison, Wisconsin for the Canoecopia Paddlesports Expo 2013.

This the largest paddlesports trade-show event of its kind in the world!

After attending last year, it is definitely a 'must see' event for everyone.

Inside the huge convention center, you'll find displays & reps from all of the major boat & product manufacturers, lots of gear at discount prices, many break-out presentations on paddling topics, poolside demonstrations and much more...

The event website can be found here:

Canoecopia is sponsored by Rutabaga, a premier paddlesport outfitter in Madison, WI.

The 2012 Guide is posted now and will be replaced with the 2013 details when they are available. You can download all of the maps, speaker schedules, demos and the full guide.

We will ride-share from, and return to, Focus Therapeutic Massage, leaving Saturday, March 9 at 4:30 am & returning on Sunday, March 10th by 9pm.

The trip transportation, parking & lodging costs are estimated at a total of $80 per person, which includes ride-share transportation, 1 night in a nearby motel, and parking. It could be less, depending on how many IYAKers go. You can purchase your event ticket on the Canoecopia website or at the event.

To secure your spot, you will need to submit a $50 deposit to IYAK Organizer Paul Hilton, by Friday, March 1st, so we can properly plan the event.

Show Location: Alliant Energy Center, 1919 Alliant Energy Way, Madison, Wisconsin 53713

Meetup Location: Focus Therapeutic Massage, 8711 Southeastern Avenue, Indianapolis, IN.

Show Hours (CST):

Friday 4:00 to 9:00 PM

Saturday 9:00 to 6:00

Sunday 10:00 to 5:00

Ticket Prices: $15.00 for a day pass. $25.00 for a weekend pass. Note: Ages 17 and under: free. (Parking: One-time entry per car: $6.00. Weekend pass per car: $16.50 if purchased Friday.)

As always, don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions about this IYAK event...

Canoecopia Visitor Tips:
Here is a list I compiled from personal experience and online reviews of the show...

1- Once you are up there you don't have to spend a lot. You can get a three-day admission and parking pass to Canoecopia for $25. Once inside, there is no obligation to buy anything.

2- Canoecopia is an opportunity to sell your boat or buy a used boat. The parking lot is filled with vehicles with boats on top festooned with For Sale signs and contact information. If you are in the market for a pre-paddled boat troll the parking lot. At a minimum, make sure your boat rack is on your vehicle just in case. You never know where your covetous eye might land.

3- Bring Food. I know there are some awesome food vendors there. But man, it’s hard to find time to wait in lines and with the economy the way it is, you may need that $$ for a new ACR signal strobe. I’d pack a lunch.

4- Dress in layers. You’ll be cold, then hot, then cold, then sweaty, then cold again. That’s natural if you’re spending money.. or in a really big, open building. You know how you are supposed to wear layers and wicking gear when you paddle? Wear layers & wicking gear to Canoecopia. Also remember, if you want to sit in a kayak.. wear something similar to what you would wear on the water to get a better feel for how you fit…

5- Go early for Pool Demos. The pool is way too small for popular kayak and canoe demos. Get there way-early if you want to sit. You may get wet being all up close and everything but if you arrive late you may not get in at all.

6- Go See Presentations. Don’t just be a consumer, go learn something.

7- Buy Paddle Gear/Clothing. This is a no-brainer. You’ll not find a better price all year & you’ve got the sales teams right there from the companies to make sure things fit properly and will do what they are supposed to do. Buying paddle shoes/boots? PFDs? Do it now. Ask questions. Try on everything. Be a picky, pain-in-the-***, fussy customer and be sure you get just the right gear for you.

8- Solve Your Kayak & Gear Problems. If you are having problems with a new kayak you just purchased in the last few years, go talk to the manufacturer rep if they are at the show. Most will want to know about your problems and will also try to help you out. Same goes for any gear you’ve purchased recently. If you don’t ask, you don’t get, as they say. More importantly for the rest of us, if you don’t speak up that lousy design flaw might make it into next year’s version as well. (Worse yet, you may find you were doing it all backwards!) Oh, and just as importantly, feel free to tell vendors when their products are FANTASTIC.

9- Go for the Trip Information. There are plenty of destinations represented at the show with people ready to showcase their location and talk about the benefits of visiting their area.

10- There is a Bike-o-Rama right next to Canoecopia. There is no admission charge and you might find some deals on bikes and biking gear if you aren't all shopped out for paddling stuff.



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  • Paul H.

    Great expo. Lots to look at, listen too, and unfortunately, lots to buy.

    March 14, 2013

  • Julie

    Love to be out on the water....hope we have some this summer

    March 3, 2013

  • Jason B.

    I've updated the departure date/time and the lower estimated costs for the trip!

    February 26, 2013

  • Jason B.

    Today, Feb 26th, is the last day to buy your show tickets online at a discount!

    February 26, 2013

  • Joe R.

    I was going myself anyway, hauling a couple boats - let me know the details and maybe I'll join you guys.

    January 27, 2013

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  • Paul H.
  • A former member

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