New kayaking festival mixes films with on-water experiences

Staff reportMarch 30, 2014 

Port Angeles will host a two-day film festival in April in hopes of luring kayakers of all types from around the Northwest.

The April 12-13 Port Angeles Kayak and Film Festival will include kayaking classes for kayak and standup paddleboarders.

Several short films will be screened from 4:30-7 p.m. April 12 at Port Angeles’ Gateway Transit Center Pavilion. Among the films are “Bhutan: The Last Shangri-La,” “The Of Souls+Water series,” “Wildwater” and “Mountain Mind Collective,” which was filmed on the Olympic Peninsula.

Organizers hope this will become an annual event.

“We are so pleased to bring an event of this caliber to Port Angeles,” said Tammi Hinkle, owner of Adventures Through Kayaking, in a prepared statement. “It’s one-of-a-kind. No other event in the country highlights and promotes all classes of paddling. We hope to introduce a lot of new paddlers to the sport, to help seasoned paddlers learn new skills, to entertain and to come back and do it all again next year.”

The event will include two days of on-the-water instruction from nine experts specializing in all genres of kayaking and standup paddleboarding.

Designed for novices to experts, the classes will range from introductory sea kayaking and paddleboarding to Eskimo rolling to debacle deterrent at Hollywood Beach, Crescent Beach, Freshwater Bay and the Feiro Marine Life Center. Advance registration is recommended

A keynote presentation will look at the many adventures undertaken by Port Angeles resident and adventure kayaker Chris Duff. His kayak expeditions include an 8,000-mile solo trip around the eastern one-third of the United States and Canada, as well as solo circumnavigation of Ireland and New Zealand. In 1986 he became the first person to sea kayak around Great Britain alone. Duff is the author of two books based on his travels around Ireland and New Zealand.

He will share his stories and photos April 12 from 7:30- 9:30 p.m. at Port Angeles’ Red Lion Hotel.

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