2013 Award Winning Films
AWARD WINNING FILMS
White Water Safety - BEST INSTRUCTIONAL PADDLING FILM
White Water Safety is a concise instructional guide on safety and rescue methods suitable for whitewater kayakers and canoeists. Filmed in the Spanish Pyrenees on multiple HD cameras by award winning cameraman Paul Diffley. Written, produced and presented by Bruce Jolliffe and Dougie Shannon, two active White Water Safety and Rescue trainers from Scotland.
Director: Paul Diffley
Producer: Bruce Jolliffe / Dougie Shannon
That First Glide – BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM
This film shares standup paddling’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.
Director and Producer: Mike Waltze
New Zealand Kayak Fishing with Rob Fort – BEST KAYAK FISHING FILM
Discover some of the finest ocean adventure fishing playgrounds New Zealand has to offer. Coromandel has become a hot spot for enthusiasts and local kayak angler, guide, writer and artist Rob Fort captures the essence of the sport with this production, placing viewers right in the seat of the kayak.
Director and Producer: Rob Fort
Rock the Boat - Saving America's Wildest River - BEST ENVIRONMENTAL FILM
In the artificial landscape that is Los Angeles, where even palm trees are imported, nothing epitomizes man’s shortsighted efforts to reshape the face of the earth more
then the L.A. River. But when an unassuming boater insists on seeing it as a river again, a local controversy takes on national proportions.
Director and Producer: Thea Mercouffer
Tierra del Fuego – BEST SEA KAYAKING FILM
A British couple tries to become the first to sea kayak 1,000 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.
Director and Producer: Justine Curgenven
Go Ganges! - BEST ADVENTURE TRAVEL FILM
Two friends on a quest to travel the ultimate river by any means possible. In a fish out of water tale, Emmy-nominated and awardwinning filmmakers Josh Thomas and J.J. Kelley take their survival skills to a natural wonder, which hosts a population of 400-million. Enduring the impossible, they attempt to travel the length of the planet’s most populated, holy and polluted river.
Director: Josh Thomas
Producer: J.J. Kelley
Driftwood - BEST STANDUP PADDLING FILM
With standup paddleboards in tow, the crew has access to stunning locations inaccessible to the common surf traveler. Traveling way off the
beaten path, the group becomes immersed in diverse cultures, beautiful landscapes, exotic wildlife, politically sensitive environments and remarkable surf.
Director: Peter Trow and Jim Brewer
Producer: Jim Brewer
One Man, One Canoe, Two Countries – BEST AMATEUR PADDLING FILM
One Man, One Canoe, Two Countries takes you on a journey through classic northern canoe country. This film is part how-to, part discovery, part adventure and part entertainment. It documents the birth of a home-built Kevlar canoe in Wisconsin, planning and preparing for a wilderness adventure and then solo paddling from the Boundary Waters Canoeing Area, Minnesota, to Quetico, Ontario.
Director and Producer: David R. Doering
Blind Bird Singing Rain – BEST CANOEING FILM
Robert Perkins paddles from his house in southern Utah down the lower Colorado to discover why the water is disappearing. With insight and humor, he paddles 500 miles to Mexico. He finds the river no longer reaches the sea, but he discovers an unexpected miracle. Blind Bird Singing Rain is a poetic personal narrative about the river’s plight.
Director and Producer: Robert Perkins
Huck – BEST WHITEWATER PADDLING FILM
Waterfall kayaking has emerged as a dominant subset of whitewater paddling, thrilling audiences and pushing athletes to constantly attempt higher falls. It is consistently glorified and frequently misunderstood by all but the small group of kayakers who make waterfalls their lives. Evan Garcia explores what it means to kayak off of big waterfalls, considering both the risks and rewards of a life driven by freefall.
Director: Andy Maser