Werner Paddles is celebrating their 50th Year handcrafting paddles at the Gorge Paddling Film Festival! Year after year, Werner keeps crankin’ out the most durable and innovative paddle designs. We could not be more thrilled that they have agreed to celebrate their “birthday” by joining us in supporting First Descents and providing a prize package that anyone would be stoked to win! A top of the line, premium fiberglass Werner paddle, to fit the winner, a Werner hat, belt buckle and sweatshirt to help you represent! Get those cameras rolling and fire up your editing software – this sweet set up could be yours!
Many, many thanks to the good folks at Astral for joining us in supporting First Descents! We are proud to announce a ridiculously cool prize package for one lucky winner of the 2015 Gorge Paddling Film Fest of an Astral Greenjacket and Astral Rasslers! We know safety is your first concern (it’s ours too, of course) – enter the Gorge Paddling Film Festival to have a chance to get yourself right with a safety vest and kicks from Astral!
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Location: 601 State Street, Board of Commissioners Meeting Room
The Board of Commissioners will be meeting on Thursday night to consider the Park Advisory Committee’s plan for Punchbowl Falls as a County Park. It is very important that the community attend this meeting to show their support for the project.
Those of you who formerly used Copper Dam Road to access the Hood River know only too well that public river access through private property is a very precarious thing. Public ownership of Punchbbowl Falls as a County Park is the best way to preserve access in perpetuity. If you value the Punchbowl Falls property as a community asset, please come and let the commissioners know that they should protect and preserve it for future generations.
If you can’t make the meeting, send the Commissioners an email.
Write a letter
This is a once in a generation opportunity to save a magical spot for public use. Community support is what will make it a reality. We need support letters to submit with the County’s grant application for acquistion funding from Oregon Parks and Recreation. Share the story of why you love the property and why it should be a public park. Letters can be sent to Heather Staten.
The Kayak Shed is proud to present the inaugural Gorge Paddling Film Festival, benefiting First Descents, an organization that provides life-changing outdoor adventures to young adults impacted by cancer! We’re looking for your most creative & inspiring 5 minutes of original footage to be judged by a panel of whitewater pioneers and world famous whitewater photographers and videographers. Three submissions from each category will be selected to be shown on April 24th at River City in Hood River, Oregon. Attendees of the film fest will make the final voting decisions for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes in professional, amateur and “young gun” categories. $10 cover at the door will include film festival admission, voting tickets, after party and will go directly to First Descents! Film makers, grab your best footage, invite all of your buddies and let’s raise some money for a great cause! Doors open at 7pm, films start at 8pm, band starts at 10pm.
Content must be original; non-original content will be disqualified. By submitting your content you are agreeing to allow both the event and the Kayak Shed to post the content on various social media channels to promote future First Descents fundraisers or Gorge Paddling Film Festivals.
|photo courtesy of American Whitewater|
- Attend the public forum next at the County Administration Building, 601 State Street, Hood River. A second forum will be on .
- Take this short online survey https://www.
- Volunteer to serve on our Park Advisory Committee
- If you know the property well or use it a lot, do a stakeholder interview
Wet Planet Whitewater Center & the Kayak Shed are super excited to host this event together, at the Columbia Center for the Arts. Grab your paddling buddies, come admire and be inspired by the beautiful places and rivers captured by these talented photographers.
And lets raise a brew together afterwards at the Pint Shack, toasting the amazing place we live in, and the great boating community we have here. Cheers.
GET YOUR TICKETS! you can secure your seat by getting your ticket online, or you can wait and get it the door.
This event will also be a fundraiser for the 8th Annual White Salmon Riverfest Symposium.
See the event Facebook page for more details.
Movies to be shown – start time 8pm!
– Of Souls + Water
From Forge Motion Pictures comes this groundbreaking web series. Filmed in exquisite HD, 5 episodes tell the real stories of 5 character archetypes, all bound together by the common theme of water. Combining artistry, adventure and ethos, Of Souls + Water redefines the genre of outdoor film.www.forgemotionpictures.com
Shares the stories of three individuals who live their lives in very different ways. The characters are not professional athletes but rather working-class heroes – people who work to make time for the things they love. In this edition, follow Blair Trotman as he finds his path as a kayaking instructor after ending up in the Military.
– Tierra del Fuego
A British couple tries to become the first to sea kayak 1000 miles around the remote and windswept island of Tierra del Fuego. Shipping delays, a stolen kayak, endless red tape, incessant winds and tendonitis threaten their safety and success. Share the highs and lows of this challenging world-first adventure while meeting some of the interesting people who survive in this harsh environment. www.cackletv.com
– Habitat – footage LOCAL RIVERS AND BOATERS!
This documentary takes you through 35 years of the progression of rafting in the Pacific Northwest. Shane Turnbull, John Hall (former AAA-Rafting/Wet Planet), Doc Loonis, Val Shaull and Jeff Bennett share tales of the evolution from early commercial boating to the private boating scene and into the modern day rush of rafters venturing beyond the guidebooks, exploring territory uncharted for rafts. www.redshackproductions.com
– Currents: The Grand Canyon
A journey through the Grand Canyon is a one in a lifetime trip for many. However, the Colorado river as we know it may not exist if it wasn’t for conservation initiatives undertaken over the years. Take a journey through the Grand Canyon with those who have fought to preserve this national wonder.www.five2nine.ca
– Where the Yellowstone Goes
Where the Yellowstone Goes follows a 30-day drift boat journey down the longest undammed river in the contiguous United States. Intimate portraits of locals in both booming cities and dusty, dwindling towns along the Yellowstone River illustrate the history and controversies surrounding this enigmatic watershed, leading to questions about its future.www.wheretheyellowstonegoes.
– That First Glide – 2013 Festival Winner for Documentary
This film shares standup paddlings’s deep roots in early Polynesian and Hawaiian history. Learn about the first standup paddle enthusiasts who were playing around in Waikiki as early as 1939. Later in the ‘60s and ‘70s, follow guys like John Ah Choy and John Zapotocki who paddled boards well into the ‘90s. Showing interviews with Laird Hamilton and Robby Nash.
Until May 27th, our friends at Yakima Racks are providing an incentive to get a rack on your car so you can pick up some buddies on the way to the put in/trail head/launch/etc. The “Take More Friends” Promotion gets you $30 back on a $300+ purchase, $40 back on a $400+ purchase and $50 on a $500+ purchase. Pretty sweet deal! Additional details and rebate forms available at http://www.yakima.com/promotions/springrebate/.
So get that rack you’ve been drooling over, send in the form & you’ll have a little extra cha-ching to pick your crew up with!
We couldn’t be more excited that our friend and 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the year, Erik Boomer, will present his expedition this February in Hood River at the Columbia Arts! Here’s the press release:
|Jon Turk & Erik Boomer|
Join Columbia Center for the Arts on February 29, 2012 as it proudly presents professional sports
For those of you Pacific Northwest locals, save-the-date on August 21st – this will be one not to miss!
PACIFIC CITY SURF JAM SESSION
SUNDAY AUGUST 21ST 2011
START UP IS 11AM IN THE PELICAN BREWERY PARKING LOT
IN PACIFIC CITY OREGON
DEMOS WILL BE AVAILABLE
PRIZES WILL BE GIVEN AWAY FOR PARTICIPATION, BRAGGING RIGHTS
FOR WINNERS FOR BEST TRICK, BROWN CLAW, WIPE OUT ECT.
PRIZES GIVEN FROM THESE SPONSORS:
ASK QUESTIONS AND GET SOME POINTERS WHILE ENJOYING A BBQ
LUNCH! JUST BRING YOU FAVORITE BEVERAGE