Signs and Signals of Summertime in Missoula


This past week marked the 14th Annual Best in the West Freestyle Kayak Competition.  The event went off without a hitch.  Freestyle kayaking, surfing, flash mob, food, vendors, fundraiser, live music, and bull riding all went down last Thursday.   A HUGE thanks to everyone who came down to the park to support Downtown Tonight and BIW Competition.

BIW marks the beginning of the summer for me and the guides here at Zoo Town Surfers.  My auto insurance agent tells me that when I call her, they know it’s the beginning of summer.  Whether it’s Best in the West, or some other type of signal, I think we all have some type of pattern or tradition that marks the beginning of summer for us here in Western Montana.

Cruising the river trail, surfing glassy waves, eating Big Dipper Ice Cream, dogs sun bathing, heading to sandy beaches,  late BBQ’s,  out to lunch/dinner, and late nights on the gorge all come to mind when I start to think about summer.

There are so many things to do right here in our backyard and the town is buzzing with energy.  What marks the beginning of summer for you?

See you on the river!

Flash Mob at the Best in the West Kayaking Competiton Missoula Montana - 2013

Flash Mob at the Best in the West Kayaking Competition Missoula, Montana –2013

A beautiful night on the Clark Fork River for the 2013 Best In the West Kayaking Competition.

A beautiful night on the Clark Fork River for the 2013 Best In the West KayakingCompetition.


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Jason Shreder is the owner of local whitewater company Zoo Town Surfers. He loves Missoula, the great community, and all the awesome water that surrounds it. He’s constantly moving and 90% of that movement involves kayaking, rafting, working, and hanging out with his awesomely supportive girlfriend and dogs.

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