ARCATA, CALIFORNIA, March 5, 2013 — Kokatat paddlers and ambassadors recently received top honors for their films at the Reel Paddling Film Festival, National Paddling Film Festival, and Waterwalker Film Festival.
Tierra del Fuego, a film by Team Kokatat paddler Justine Curgenven, won Best Sea Kayaking Film at the Reel Paddling Film Festival. Tierra del Fuego documents the first successful circumnavigation of the remote and windswept island of “Isla Grande”. The Waterwalker Film Festival also named Tierra del Fuego Best Sea Kayaking Film.
Go Ganges! won the Reel Paddling Film Festival’s Best Adventure Travel Film. The film follows Kokatat supported adventures Josh Thomas and J.J. Kelley as they follow the Ganges River from the source to the sea.
White Water Safety, by Kokatat Ambassador Bruce Jolliffe won Best Instructional Paddling Film at the at Reel Paddling Film Festival and Best Professional Safety/Instruction Film at the National Paddling Film Festival.
Another Kokatat supported film, Ikkatsu: The Roadless Coast, won Best Environmental Film at the The Waterwalker Film Festival and was shortlisted at the Reel Paddling Film Festival. Ikkatsu documents the journey of three paddlers, supported by a team of scientist, as they survey the debris from the 2011 Tsunami in Japan that was washing up along the Washington coast. Later this spring the team from Ikkatsu will head to Augustine Island in Alaska to study debris in the area.
The Reel Paddling Film Festival awards films in 10 categories with the winners and other shortlisted films toured to more than 100 cities around the world.
The National Paddling Film Festival is the primary club fundraiser for the Bluegrass Wildwater Association – A Central Kentucky Whitewater Kayak and Canoe Club. For over 30 years the club has recognized the best in paddling filmmaking and hosted an annual weekend of events to celebrate the winners.
Paddle Canada’s Waterwalker Film Festival is a tribute to the late Bill Mason, the great conservationist, canoeist and filmmaker. The festival celebrates the exceptional films and videos on canoeing, kayaking, sea kayaking, nature, high adventure and the conservation of water environments.