We’re big fans of Rush Sturges, head creator at River Roots, but sometimes we question his decisions…
We were thrilled to have the pros at Jackson Kayak join us for our second annual kayak fishing trip down the John Day river. We were almost as thrilled to receive this edit from them the other day so we could reminisce on what a great trip it was! Enjoy the amazing scenery and fishing of the John Day and stay tuned for details on next year’s trip!
World Premiere of “For The Love” Kayaking and adventure film by Mountain Mind Collective in Hood River, OR April 19th!
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Where: Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River, OR
Mountain Mind Collective – AKA Brothers Todd Wells and Brendan Wells of Trout Lake, Wa- has come up with an amazing collection of kayaking footage from around the globe and put into an awesome film “For The Love“.
Great title considering its a sport so closely held to the hearts of whom ever has fallen for the addictive fun and beauty a river has to offer.
From Mountain Mind Collectives site :
“For the Love is an approximately one hour film, telling the story of two brothers who grew up in a small town with a huge love for rivers and whitewater kayaking. Their quest begins at home in the pacific northwest, where they learned how to paddle, met their tight-knit community of kayakers, and began to push themselves and the sport of kayaking. The film also documents their travels around the world to magical destinations like Iceland, where they highlight some of the most creative and innovative athletes in the sport.
At the core of the Wells brother’s passion as paddlers is their love for exploring never-before-paddled rivers. The film follows the brothers and friends on their journeys to explore these uncharted rivers from Alaska to Ecuador. The brothers and their team met both failures and success on these missions to explore the unknown, getting rained out and stuck in the middle of the jungle to discovering a new classic Alaskan big-water river.
The film concludes with a creative story of the brother’s goal to show the world of kayaking in a whole new light. The film is told through the voices of Brendan and Todd, and the many friends who joined them along the way.”
The World Premiere of “For The Love” is coming to the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River, OR on April 19th, 2016. Mountain Mind Collective is delighted to share their first feature-length whitewater kayaking documentary with residents of and visitors to the Columbia River Gorge.
Join us for an amazing show, drink delishious Ninkasi Brewing beer (1 free with purchase of ticket for 21+ guests), and meet the filmmakers behind the movie. At 10 P.M. the festivities will migrate to the River City Saloon, where The Barnburners will be rocking out all night!
When we created an under 21 division, we knew the Young Guns would come in, barrels blazing, and set the bar for creativity. They did not disappoint! Remember these names, we’re sure you’ll be hearing more from all of them soon!
Last Friday night, the Hood River and local paddling communities came out in force to celebrate their own and to raise money for an amazing cause, First Descents! An estimated 250 people ate, drank, cheered for their friends and learned how First Descents can profoundly affect the lives of young adults “Out Living” cancer.
We’re already looking forward to next year’s event (and hope you film makers are as well) but thought we’d share some of the video highlights from this year’s winners! And remember you can always join us in supporting First Descents at firstdescents.org or by volunteering with a camp that’s local to you.
The Amateur division winners are:
Congats again to all of our Amateur division winners and stay tuned for our Young Gun division winners!
Many, many thanks to the fine folks at Zeal Optics for coming through in the 11th hour! When they found out we had a tie in the Young Gun division and needed a little love for a 4th winner, they picked up the phone and offered some sweet prizes!
We have yet to see the shades they’re dropping off, but we’re sure they’ll keep our winner looking stylie on and off the water.
Thanks, Zeal, for hooking up our Young Guns & helping raise funds for First Descents!
The panelists have spoken! Here are the finalists for the 2015 Gorge Paddling Film Festival (in alphabetical order):
2015 Young Gun finalists
(we have a tie, so 4 films will be shown!):
2015 Amateur finalists:
2015 Pro finalists:
Those attending the film fest will choose the placing: 1st, 2nd and 3rd – so come out and support your buddy, hero, neighbor or cousin-in-law that made it to the finals! If you don’t know a finalist, come and be an unbiased voter! We have a ton of raffle prizes – all attendees get one raffle ticket and there will be additional tickets for sale – all proceeds, of course, will go to First Descents!
We look forward to seeing all of you Friday night!
6:30pm : Doors/LWS race registration
7:00pm : Young Gun videos/voting/raffle
8:00pm : Amateur & Pro videos/voting/raffle
10:00pm : After party
We have saved one of the very best packages for last! When NRS heard we were throwing a party to raise money for First Descents, they stepped up in a big way! The winner of this package is getting a brand spankin’ new kit, from helmet to kicks: an NRS Flux Drytop, a WRSI Current Pro helmet, an NRS Zen Rescue PFD AND NRS Velocity Water shoes! Many thanks to the folks at NRS for donating an amazing prize package and congratulations in advance for the lucky winner of all this booty!