2015 Gorge Paddling Film Festival : Important Update!

We are incredibly excited to announce that we are partnering with World Class Kayak Academy to move the date of the film fest to correspond with the Little White Salmon race! The new date for the film festival is May 1st, the new deadline for submissions is April 24th – giving you all an extra week to put together fresh footage!

Doors will open at River City at 6:30pm and we’ll start rolling film at 7pm to make sure there is plenty of time for the Young Guns to have their footage shown and to vote! We’re excited to have the kids from WCKA participating on the Film Fest and know having them involved will raise the bar in all of the categories!

Questions? Feel free to see additional details and hit us up with any questions on our event page: gorgepaddlingfilmfestival.com.


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2015 Gorge Paddling Film Festival : Immersion Research Arch Rival Drysuit

We all know that very few companies walk the walk like they talk the talk like Immersion Research. Truly a “for paddlers by paddlers” company, they are stepping it up again to support the great work of First Descents and the Gorge Paddling Film Festival by pitching in for one of our best prizes yet, an Arch Rival Drysuit! Made with IR’s proprietary WhiteOut laminate to withstand years of abuse, the Arch Rival is bound to make one of our film fest winners a very happy (and dry) paddler!

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2015 Gorge Paddling Film Festival : Werner Prize Package

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!

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2015 Gorge Paddling Film Festival : Astral Prize Package

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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Punchbowl Falls Park: Board of Commissioners Meeting Thursday March 19 at 5 pm

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

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2015 Gorge Paddling Film Festival Request for Entries

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.


Professional Filmmaker category:
1st Place: $750
2nd Place: $300
3rd Place: $200

Amateur Filmmaker category:
1st Place: Immersion Research Arch Rival Drysuit
2nd Place: Werner Package
3rd Place: Sweet Package “Young Gun” category (under 21): 1st Place: NRS Package 2nd Place:Astral Package 3rd Place: Chaco Package

John Hart – Kayak Shed grand poobah
Jock Bradley – Whitewater and action sports photographer
Chris Emerick – Whitewater and action sports videographer
Ron Reynier – Gorge whitewater pioneer
Charlie Munsey – Whitewater and action sports photographer

Submission instructions:
Upload your original HD video (5 minutes or less) to Vimeo with a private setting. Create a password. Send the link & password to filmfest@kayakshed.com. Submissions due 4/17/15.

Fine print:

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.

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Let’s Make Punch Bowl Falls Park Happen!

Hey friends – If you’ve ever been to our neck of the woods to paddle, you’ve likely visited Punch Bowl Falls and have probably also seen a boater or two (present company included) drink a bootie in the name of a swim. Regardless of any carnage it’s caused, Punch Bowl Falls is a special place to locals and visitors for it’s beauty & recreational opportunities. Please read the letter below from Heather Statan – this is a great opportunity to make a very special stretch of land available to the public for future generations!
photo courtesy of American Whitewater
If you ever go to the area around Punch Bowl Falls near Dee to swim, fish, kayak, hike or just enjoy nature you know what a special place it is. Hood River County is considering acquiring the property as a County Park (check out their website ) But they need to know what the community thinks. They’ve asked me to help coordinate the public outreach effort  . . . so I’m reaching out to folks like you. Nobody knows the area better than locals–please share your ideas.  Feel free to pass on this email to anyone you think might be interested.


Over the last few years, Western Rivers Conservancy purchased over 100 acres of pristine land along the Hood River to conserve critical habitat and provide public recreation access with the idea that the property would eventually be sold to the County as a public park. It is a magnificent 1.5 mile stretch of river, including Punchbowl Falls and the confluence of the East and West Forks of the Hood River (see site plan or topographic or aerial map of the property). The area has been a favorite swimming hole and fishing spot for generations, it now also sees frequent use by rafters, kayakers and outdoor education programs.
While locals have a long history of treating the area as if it were a public park, it is, in fact private property. If Hood River County is unable to acquire the property, Western Rivers Conservancy may be forced to sell it on the private market. A private sale would include a conservation easement to protect river habitat but it is likely that public access would be eliminated by future owners.
The first step towards creating a public park at Punchbowl Falls is a community visioning process. What kind of recreation opportunities should exist there? What improvements should be made and what should be left alone? How should we protect wildlife habitat?
Let us know what you think: 
  •  Attend the public forum next Tuesday January 13  6-7:30 pm at the County Administration Building, 601 State Street, Hood River. A second forum will be on Feb. 10.
  •  Take this short online survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/punchbowlfalls
  • Volunteer to serve on our Park Advisory Committee 
  • If you know the property well or use it a lot, do a stakeholder interview
If you have questions, or want to join the advisory committee or do an interview, email me heather@hrvrc.org or 541-490-5225
Thanks so much.
Heather Staten
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Kayak Shed Fishing Team Report : Fishing for Sturgeon

When you have one last opportunity to get some sturgeon meat for your freezer, you rally early. My intention was to be at the ramp by 6:30 in the morning and on the water by 7:00, giving me a good 6 to 7 hours to catch my keeper. Well I over slept my alarm, rushed to get my stuff together, and headed into Portland. I finally hit George Rodgers Park in Lake Oswego at about 8:00 and after taking my sweet time getting ready I launched at about 9. In the process of getting ready, I realized that I had an anchor set-up but only enough line for about 20-25 feet of water. Well that doesn’t work too well in 75-80 feet of water. Thankfully the kayak fishing community is a great bunch of folks and I knew that one of them would let me tie up with them, tournament or not.
I started heading up to one of my favorite spots. I passed by one of my fishing buddies and swung over to chat. I came to find out he was in that spot because he had lost his anchor earlier that morning. The current was nearly non-existent where he was fishing and I decided that it wouldn’t be a bad spot to drop a line for a bit. I baited my line with a bit of squid and sent it down. It wasn’t down more than a minute be fore I was getting my first tap tap tap. It’d been a while since I have been sturgeon fishing… I missed the bite. This happened a couple more times. Tap tap tap… I miss the bite. Tap tap tap… I miss the bite. Finally I was thinking that I had forgotten how to catch a fish. Then it happened… tap tap-SET THE HOOK- I wasn’t waiting for the perfect bite anymore. Fish on and the fight began.
Since I wasn’t on anchor I was getting towed around a bit. No crazy up or down river runs but it was moving me around the hole pretty well. The fight lasted probably a good 10 minutes, with a couple good runs stripping line off the reel. Finally got the bugger to the side of my Outback and heaved him onboard. With a bit of help measuring, I realized I had landed a keeper and was done for the day. I had only been on the water for about an hour and a half.


I hadn’t gotten the chance go see all my fishing buddies out on the water so I put my fish on ice, and my buddy Nate in the back of the Outback and headed back out on the water.
And that’s what happens when you limit out early.

* note: this post was “misplaced” and took place last year when it was legal to bring home sturgeon. at the present time, it is illegal to keep sturgeon.

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TEVA Reel Paddling Film Festival in Hood River!

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

– Balance
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.com

– 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. 


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Girls at Play Summer Tour Comes to Hood River July 16th and 17th

Whether you’re just starting or starting to master more advanced moves, meet other women in the paddling community and take your paddling to the next level with Anna Levesque and the Kayak Shed at the Girls at Play Summer Tour. Register early, as spaces are limited.

Saturday, July 16th will focus on paddling fundamentals. Saturday will be held on the Klickitat or Lower White Salmon.

Sunday, July 17th will focus on teaching and/or improving the moves you need to take your paddling to the next level. Sunday will be held on the Middle White Salmon. Strong combat roll is required.

To keep Girls at Play coming to Hood River, there is a $75 suggested donation per person per day. Have questions or want to register? Call the Kayak Shed at 541-386-4286.

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