By Amber Marra
It’s a beautiful thing when paddling of all types from all corners of the globe can be seen and celebrated in one concentrated area during one awesome event.
Picture it, one minute you’re sea kayaking 1,000 miles around the South American island of Tierra del Fuego, the next you’re following whitewater kayakers over the edge of a raging waterfall.
It can all be found at the Teva Reel Paddling Film Festival, and lucky for you it’s coming to Hood River’s Columbia Center for the Arts on June 28 and 29. The festival visits 100s of cities all over the world and we at Wet Planet, along with the Columbia Center for the Arts and the Kayak Shed, thought it was too cool to pass up. And since we have such a passionate whitewater community here, we just might make it an annual event!
The Reel Paddling Film Festival travels across the US, Canada and, well, the world, showcasing more than 20 award-winning films in categories like “Best Adventure Travel Film” and “Best Whitewater Paddling Film.”
But it’s not all kayaking, not by a long shot.
In addition to the waterfall plunges you’ll witness in Andy Maser’s Huck (Best Whitewater Paddling Film) you can also catch Robert Perkins’ Blind Bird Singing Rain (Best Canoeing Film) in which Perkins canoes 500 miles down the lower Colorado River to Mexico. There’s also Jim Brewer and Peter Trow’s Driftwood (Best Stand Up Paddling Film) detailing stand-up paddling adventures in remote and scenic parts of the world.
Yes, there will be something for everyone at the Teva Reel Paddling Film Festival, including award-winning instructional films, documentaries, environmental films, and much, much more.
Proceeds will not only make it possible to host this event, it will also help support the upcoming White Salmon RiverFest & Symposium which will take place on Wednesday July 10th – with a very solid and exciting program of events for all, all day long.
Thank you Catherine Butler at Columbia Center for the Arts, and John Hart at the Kayak Shed for helping us put this together. We love our awesome whitewater community here in the gorge, and to see y’all at the cool events we have coming up soon!
Amber Marra is a bogger and reservations gal at Wet Planet.