Reel Paddling Film Festival

Tuesday, March 24
Doors open at 6:30 PM
Films start at 7:00 PM 
*Ticket Price Advanced: $8 Students  $10 All Others
Ticket Price at Door: $10 HSU Students • $12 All Others

*All proceeds go to the Center Activities Youth Aquatic Scholarship Fund
Tickets available at HSU Center Activities, Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Pacific Outfitters and Adventure's Edge.
Rapid Media’s 10th annual Reel Paddling Film Festival showcases the world’s best paddling films to audiences in Canada, United States and around the world. The festival inspires more people to explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push physical and emotional extremes, embrace the lifestyle and appreciate the heritage of the wild places we paddle.Your ticket to the Reel Paddling Film Festival World Tour includes a free one-year digital edition subscription to all of Rapid, Adventure Kayak, Canoeroots and Kayak Angler magazines. For more information visit:

Thank you to our local community sponsors who have donated door prizes for the event!
Kokatat - Maximus PFD
Seapod - Trucker Hat & Pillow
Humboldt Republic Clothing Co - Hooded Sweatshirt
Bakpocket Products - Sling Bags & Eco Bags
Greenland or Bust - Films: Simplifying the Roll with Helen Wilson, Yoga for Outdoor People
Explore North Coast - Books: Sea Kayaking the Redwood Coast
Doggie Do Pet Shop - Gift Certificate
Arcata Pet Supplies - Gift Certificate
Cafe Brio - Gift Certificate
Arcata Scoop - Gift Certificate
Ultimate Yogurt - Gift Certificate
Heart Bead - Gift Certificates
Humboldt Herbals - Gift Certificate
Kayak Zaks - Gift Certificate
Pacific Outfitters - Gift Certificate

The Selected Films
Delta Dawn -Peter McBride
The Colorado River had not kissed the sea in almost two decades, until the spring of 2014 when an experimental pulse of water was released into this forgotten delta. A team of river runners followed the water to witness this unprecedented restoration effort, and attempted to be the only, and potentially the last, to float the Colorado River to the sea by paddleboard.

Caleb – Blair Lion
Caleb Brousseau lost the use of his legs in a snowboarding accident in 2007. While that would end many other people’s careers in action sports, for Caleb it was only the beginning. Caleb went on to become one of the best sit-skiers in the world, winning a medal at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. In the summertime, this Terrace, British Columbia native descends from the mountain and hits the river with an inspiring attitude and solid class IV skills.

Stand Up Paddling with Jodelle FitzwaterKelsey Thompson
Personal trainer, yoga instructor and obsessed standup paddleboarder, Jodelle Fitzwater, describes discovering SUP yoga from her hometown of Branson, Missouri.

Facing Waves: Outriggers & SUP in TahitiKelsey Thompson
Explore Tahiti by paddleboard, both above and below the tropical waters of Moorea. Featuring ACA SUP instructor and trainer Jimmy Blakeney and the queen of SUP, Nikki Gregg.

Andorja World Record ExpeditionErik Lundin & Markus Wickelgren
This is a story about Joel Abrahamsson and his successful attempt to break the former world record for biggest fish ever caught from a kayak. In 2014, Joel caught a 1,200-pound Greenland shark, pulverizing the last documented record.

Facing Waves: Whitewater MexicoKelsey Thompson
Take part in one of the world’s most extreme whitewater races, the Alsaseca River in Veracrus, Mexico, while exploring big waterfalls, lush rain forests and the world class whitewater the region offers.

How Not To Steal A Kayak… - Sebastien Leger
FTS Style is a group of professional amateur kayakers who bring paddling movies to another level. The goal of their game is to put a smile on your face. In this short, they offer a few examples of how not to steal a kayak.

Muskoko River X - Andy Hansen – Pure Muskoka
Armed with a drone, several GoPros and a DSLR camera, one man follows the incredible Muskoka River X race. The race travels the Muskoka River system for a distance of 130 kilometers and must be completed unassisted in 24 hours.

River Of Eden- Peter McBride
Join filmmaker Pete McBride on a journey into the Fijian Highlands to discover why the locals said no to easy money from resource extraction. Instead they turned to tourism to fund a conservation area that protects one of the most beautiful rivers on Earth.

Mackenzie River: Long Far & WildCarlos Rodriguez
Some years ago Spanish paddlers, Carlos Rodriguez and Carlos Ares, tackled a style of kayaking that was completely new to them. Drawn by the vast British Columbia wilderness, they sought out rivers to hone their ability to paddle long distances down whitewater rivers, carrying everything on board so they could spend weeks paddling and travel hundred of kilometers. Then they realized the possibility of going even further and for longer. They began to wonder about the biggest rivers, about the most remote and untamed arctic wilderness. Their target was obvious: the whole Mackenzie River by kayak.

Tumwater SolitudeShane Wilder
The Wenatchee River’s Tumwater Canyon ranks as some of the biggest roadside whitewater anywhere. Unlike more remote water, the Tumwater stands brazenly, beckoning all challengers. This film follows 23-year-old Sam Grafton as he paddles this class V+ section by himself. The river is at its annual peak flow, a thundering 14,000 CFS. This is a personal moment between man and nature. This is Tumwater Solitude.

The Grand Canyon Of The StikineOlaf Obsommer
Shrouded in darkness and legend, the Grand Canyon of the Stikine River
is the Everest of whitewater. For over 30 years, its menacing difficulty has
lured expedition kayakers looking for the ultimate challenge. Once the river
casts its spell, a kayaker cannot stay away. Olaf Obsommer has collected
some of the best kayakers in the world for this descent of the Stikine. His team includes Sam Sutton, Gerd and younger brother Aniol Serrasolses and Jared Meehan.


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