Jackson Kayak & the Kayak Shed take on the John Day

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!

 

For The Love Film Coming to Hood River!

World Premiere of “For The Love” Kayaking and adventure film by Mountain Mind Collective in Hood River, OR  April 19th!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
6:00pm 11:59pm
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!

Purchase tickets: HERE
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2015 Gorge Paddling Film Festival : Young Gun Division Winners

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!

Fourth place – Cooper Fitch

Kayaking is Fun from Cooper Fitch on Vimeo.

Third Place – Matias Meneses (password: meneses)
West Coast 2015 (Meneses Productions) from menesesMatias Meneses on Vimeo.

Second Place – Trent McCrerey

Browner Daze from Bad Productions Kayaking on Vimeo.

First Place – Liam Field

Liam and Knox Liquidlogic Highlight reel from Liam Field on Vimeo.

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2015 Gorge Paddling Film Festival : Amateur Division Winners

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:

3rd Place – Dan Patrinellis (this is an edit of the film shown at the Film Fest):

Chelan 2014 from daniel patrinellis on Vimeo.

2nd Place – Nick Hymel:

Clean Lines, Good Times from IKNick on Vimeo.

1st Place – Ali Casas:

ALI CASAS – Gorge Paddling Film Festival 2015 from SB Productions on Vimeo.

Congats again to all of our Amateur division winners and stay tuned for our Young Gun division winners!

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2015 Gorge Paddling Film Festival : Zeal Optics Package

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!

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2015 Gorge Paddling Film Festival : Here are the Finalists!

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!): 
Cooper Fitch
Liam Field
Matias Meneses
Trent McCrerey

2015 Amateur finalists: 
Alicia Casas
Daniel Patrinellis
Nick Hymel

2015 Pro finalists: 
Rush Sturges
Rush Sturges
Serrasolses Brothers

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

 

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2015 Gorge Paddling Film Festival : NRS Package

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!

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2015 Gorge Paddling Film Festival : Sweet Helmets Package

What’s Sweet-er (hah!) than a new Sweet Wanderer Helmet? How about a new Sweet Wanderer helmet, a new Sweet sweatshirt AND a new pair of Sweet shorts! Any way you cut it, that is a SWEET deal for one of the lucky winners of the Gorge Paddling Film Festival!
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2015 Gorge Paddling Film Festival : Chaco prize

What paddler does not love their Chacos? Loyal, trustworthy, throw them in the river to wash them… kind of like your dog. With less fur (hopefully). The Chaco package has a little something for you and a little something for your best friend: a new pair of Z1 or Z2 Chacos, a new Chaco belt to keep the sag at bay and to help you open those apres paddle root beers AND a leash and collar for your four legged BFF. You and your best fuzzy bud will no doubt be a hit with all of the objects-of-your-affection at every take out!
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