Port Angeles festival blends paddle sports, films

The Kayak & Film Festival will blend paddle sports and movies when it comes to Port Angeles Saturday and April 19.

The event, which drew hundreds of paddlers of all skill levels in its inaugural year, will offer an expanded lineup of on-the-water and on-land classes taught by nine experts specializing in all genres of kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding.

New to the schedule this year, the Olympic Peninsula Paddlers of Port Angeles, will lead a Sunday morning paddling excursion exploring the sights and sounds of Port Angeles Harbor. Also, a larger demonstration beach will feature a variety of kayak models for visitors to test, with discounts on purchases.

“We are so pleased to bring an event of this caliber to Port Angeles for a second year,” Tammi Hinkle, owner of Adventures Through Kayaking, said in a press release. The company is one of three local co-organizers of the festival. The others are Sound Bikes & Kayaks and Olympic Raft & Kayak “It’s truly a one-of-a-kind event. No other festival in the country highlights and promotes all classes of paddling.

“The best part, is that almost anyone can participate. The festival is open to all levels and all ages. It’s a community event that we hope anyone with an interest will come out and enjoy,” she added.

Kayak and stand-up paddleboard classes will be offered from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 19. Advance registration is highly recommended because classes fill up.

The demonstration beach will be open the same hours.

The film festival will open with a keynote presentation by Ken Campbell, a Tacoma-based professional kayaker and co-founder of the Ikkatsu Project, an initiative to raise awareness of the impact of toxic pollutants on beaches and shorelines. The presentation will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Peninsula College’s Maier Performance Hall. Admission is free.

Afterwards, Campbell will present “Message in a Plastic Bottle , the Ikkatsu Project’s third film. It chronicles Campbell’s 150-mile journey from Olympia to Bellingham aboard the “Hyas yiem,” a kayak constructed of discarded single-use plastic bottles.