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Boat Shows & Festivals

Below are dates of the boat shows or festivals at which we are confirmed as exhibitors. Mark your calendars now and come check us out!

January 27, 2018: Winter Wildlife Festival
This annual festival presented by the City of Virginia Beach is a wonderful celebration of the wildlife that winter in our region. There are excursions and workshops all weekend, but the exhibit hall will only be open on Saturday, January 27. We will have a booth featuring the Hobie Compass as the BEST hands-free kayaking option for fishing, wildlife photography, and just getting out on the water. Check out the city's event website by clicking here.

February 9-11, 2018: 65th Annual Mid-Atlantic Sports and Boat Show
This will be our second year exhibiting at the Mid-Atlantic Sports and Boat Show, and we couldn't be more excited! We will have a large booth area in the Fishing Expo and will be showing the Hobie Adventure Island, i11s, Eclipse pedalboard, and Compass. Come geek out with us over Hobie's amazing innovations in the kayak world. Check out the boat show's website by clicking here to register!

Planned Kayak Demos

Our planned demo events are FREE, and advance registration is required as space is limited. Attendees must be over 6 years of age to be in a kayak with an adult, and 13 years of age to demo a solo kayak. PFDs are provided though attendees are also welcome to bring their own. Please call WRO to register. Our planned demos will all be held at the Owls Creek Boat Launch by the Virginia Aquarium on General Booth Blvd.

2018 Dates (Black is Saturday, Red is Sunday!) :
April 14 9am - Noon
April 28 9am - Noon
May 12 9am - Noon
May 20 4pm-7pm
June 9 9am - Noon
June 23 9am - Noon
July 1 4pm-7pm
July 21 9am - Noon
August 4 9am - Noon
August 18 9am - Noon
September 9 4pm-7pm

Walk-ups will not be allowed, so be sure to register today! If we receive no registrations for a date, the demo will be cancelled. This change will be announced on our Facebook page the Thursday prior to the event, so Like and Follow us if you haven't done so yet.

Private Kayak Demos

Don't see a date that works for you? Call or stop by to schedule a private demo! With appropriate time for planning, our professional staff are happy to arrange a demo that best suits your needs. These custom demos are $40 (up to 2 kayaks) with additional kayaks over 2 allowed at $20 per boat. This fee can be refunded if you purchase a retail kayak within 30 days of the demo. Attendees must be over 6 years of age to be in a kayak with an adult, and 13 years of age to demo a solo kayak. PFDs are provided though attendees are also welcome to bring their own.

Hobie First Cast

Looking for something a little more tailored to kayak fishing? Check out our Hobie First Cast program! This program puts you on the water in a Hobie kayak for a half-day excursion guided by our local pro-staffer and a store representative. The $100 per person fee is refundable if you purchase a retail Hobie kayak within 30 days of your program date. All Hobie First Cast programs are scheduled on-demand to best suit your target species and waterway type. There is no better way to test-drive a fishing Hobie than with our Hobie First Cast program! Please call or stop by the store for more information and to schedule your excursion.