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Reel Paddling Film Festival in Sandpoint June 9

PADDLING --Edited highlights of 27 films will be presented Saturday (June 9) during the 7th annual Reel Paddling Film Festival at the Panida Theater in Sandpoint, sponsored by the Eureka Institute

The Reel Paddling Film Festival is an international film tour presenting some of the world’s best whitewater, sea kayaking, canoeing, SUP and kayak fishing action and paddling lifestyle films of the year on screens in 100-plus cities across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Europe.

The World Tour includes the 10 festival category winners (see clips above) involving stand-up paddle surfing, hairy whitewater action, sea kayakers exploring remote coastlines, headwaters canoe expeditions, international river travel films, motivating environmental documentaries, grueling kayak fishing battles and hilarious short films capturing the lighter side of paddling life.

Local guides will be at the showing, gear and prizes will be awarded, including a paddle board and a Eureka Institute full-day kayak trip for a group of 10 on Lake Pend Oreille.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., shows at 7:30.

Advance tickets $12 at Eichardt’s, Evans Bros. & Outdoor Experience in Sandpoint.

Proceeds support the Eureka Institute’s Youth Recreation and Education Programs. 

Read on for details about some of the top flicks in the tour.

Film lineup includes:

Searching for the River God – The Journey Continues: Extreme Kayak World Champion Sam Sutton spent a year searching for the most spectacular runnable whitewater on the planet.

Tracing the Columbia brings together two historical moments: David Thompson’s charting of The Columbia River in 1811 and the 45-day journey of 200 modern voyageurs.

Currents - First Descents Canada: In 2011, First Descents came to Canada for the first time to give the experience of the river and paddling to young adult cancer survivors.

The Pipedreams Project: Three kayakers embark on an epic two-month kayak expedition along the length of the B.C. coast.

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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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