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Reel Paddling Film Festival at the Paddlesport Show


Reel Paddling Film Festival
At the Paddlesport Show
Friday, March 28 from 7 to 9 pm 
Tickets $5; all proceeds go to Clean Ocean Action


Rapid Media's 9th annual Reel Paddling Film Festival showcases the world's best paddling films to audiences in Canada, United States and around the world. The festival inspires more people to explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push physical and emotional extremes, embrace the lifestyle and appreciate the heritage of the wild places we paddle. For read more about the films, please check the Paddlesport pages at Jersey Paddler Enjoy the show!


A selection of these 2014 Award Winning Films will be presented at the film screening on Friday night:

Creek Boater 

We all day dream about the things we love. In this video, Kim Becker day dreams about her favorite thing: kayaking.
 Director: Kelsey Thompson | Producer: Lee Visual | Website:   

Everyday Push 
The story of Mike Conneen, a former skateboard star, and his journey through addiction and life in a wheelchair after a horrible accident, as well as his love and passion for kayak fishing.
 Director: Rob DeVore | Producer: Rob DeVore and Mike Conneen  

Handling Emergency Situations

A dramatic series of true-life emergency scenarios are led by top
sea kayaker Gordon Brown and the rescue professionals of the U.K. coastguard and lifeboat services. Viewers see each stage of the rescue from every angle—control room, helicopter, lifeboat and kayakers—so you learn how to best help yourself. This film reveals the most effective ways to summon assistance and to help the professionals conduct a safe, efficient rescue. A 45-minute version of this film is on the DVD Sea Kayak with Gordon Brown, Volume 3.
 Director and Producer: Simon Willis | Website:  

Have Kids, Will Paddle

If planning the next family vacation makes you sweat, settle in for a 3,400-kilometer, three-month family canoe journey from Jasper, Alberta, to the Arctic Ocean at Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories. Dan, his wife Alice Young Clark, with their kids Koby, age five, and three-year-old Ava Fei, left their jobs, home and community behind for a 100-day northern adventure. “We go on wilderness trips to escape our civilized world, to strengthen our family bond, and to get grounded in nature,” explains Clark. Director and Producer: Dan Clark  


The first whitewater SUP expedition of its kind, this film portrays an adventure to southern Africa with the intent of pushing the limits of whitewater SUP and what can be done.
 Director and Producer: Corran Addison | Website:  

Kayak Free Kayaking

Follow the world’s greatest kayaker, adventure icon Trip Deacon, while he pushes action sports to new limits and creates the concept of kayaking without a kayak. Follow Trip as he searches for life’s meaning and attempts to conquer his dream of being the first person to ever kayak down Lombard Street in San Francisco...without a kayak. Witness the danger through helmet-mounted cameras as Trip throws fear aside and drops into the unknown world of kayakless kayaking.
 Director: John Dabrowski | Producer: Mark Odlum and John Dabrowski | Website:  

Paddle To The Ocean

What do you do when your best friend dies doing something you both love? Paddle To The Ocean is a documentary film about using a banjo, kayak and bicycle to recover from post-traumatic stress disorder. In 2011, Zac Crouse (musician, recreation therapist and expedition kayaker) toured his solo album from Ottawa to Halifax without using fossil fuel. It was a jour- ney Zac had intended to do with his friend Corey, who passed away during a kayaking adventure with Zac in Nova Scotia. Paddle To The Ocean is a tribute to Zac’s friend; it also examines the stigma associated with mental illness while demonstrating the benefits of physical activity and music. Director: Kelsey Thompson | Producer: Zac Crouse | Website:  


STAND, presented by Quiksilver Waterman, takes viewers on a journey through the waters of British Columbia’s west coast. Under threat by
the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and tanker route is
a coastline of immense beauty, pristine ecosystems, and a way of life rich in culture and history. Through the efforts of expedition standup paddler Norm Hann, an aboriginal high school class building their own standup paddleboards as a form of protest, and the powerful surfing of iconic west coast native Raph Bruhwiler, the diversity of people, landscape and wildlife that would be affected by an oil spill is articulated. STAND takes you to the core of the issue and unfurls the soul of B.C.’s west coast, one paddle stroke at a time. Director and Producer: Anthony Bonello and Nicolas Teichrob | Website:    

The Old Man and The Sea: The Expedition

Martin Falkind was 14 years old when he first read Hemingway’s 
novel The Old Man and the Sea. Since that day, he nurtured a dream. Martin persuades his friends Pasi and Fredrik to come along with him on a fishing trip by kayak in the Pacific Ocean. This film is about the fish of many fishermen’s dreams—the marlin, its biology and how it is gradually disappearing from the oceans, and what can be done to save it. More than an adventure, the Swedes go through many failures but find that Santiago, the character in Hemingway’s novel, helps them in their outlook on life. The Old Man, Santaigo, never gives in, and neither do Martin, Fredrik and Pasi.
 Director: Björn Tjärnberg | Producer: Maria Alander | Website:  


Why We Fish

Those who don’t fish, can’t really understand what they’re missing. Renowned big game kayak angler and host of The Kayak Fishing Show, Jim Sammons, explains what drives him to travel the world in search of the next big bite.
 Director: Kelsey Thompson | Producer: Ken Whiting | Website:



Waves of Action and Clean Ocean Action
About Clean Ocean Action:

Clean Ocean Action is a leading national and regional voice working to protect waterways using science, law, research, education, and citizen action. Their goal is to improve the degraded water quality of the marine waters off the New Jersey and New York coast. In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, Clean Ocean Action launched the "Waves of Action For the Shore" program to coordinate rebuilding, recovering, and restoration of the shore. Thousands of volunteers participate in days of restoration action held once a month across NY and NJ communities to help "Clean Up and Clean Out." To see photos and to learn more about Clean Ocean Action and the Waves of Action year-long program visit

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