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Culture 2020

Culture—it is what brings us together. We are rafters, creekers, kayak fishermen and big-wave surfers. We are paddleboarders, whitewater canoeists, and canoe trippers. From all around the world and all walks of life, we share our special love for moving across lakes, rivers, and oceans under our own power. These nine films tell the stories of paddlers and all that paddling can mean to us.

Culture—it is what brings us together. These ni9ne films tell the stories of paddlers and all that paddling can mean to us.

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9 winning & shortlisted films

Duration: 1 hour, 45 min

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  • The Salad Days

Falling in love at a young age, Herm Hoops dedicated his life to Desolation Canyon. Retired from a professional career as a ranger, educator and interpreter in Dinosaur National Monument, Herm's affair with the Green River is as strong as ever, even as he battles life-threatening cancer.

Director & Producer: Cody M. Perry

  • (People) of Water 

For thousands of years, outrigger canoes have connected diverse cultures and people around the world. (people) of water follows the story of Rob Prechtl, a member of the U.S. Men’s Whitewater Raft team, as he embarks on a journey to learn the craft of outrigger paddling.


Director: Forest Woodward
Producer: GnarlyBay

  • Women of Whitewater 

Meet a few kick-ass Team Dagger female paddlers and take a closer look at the unique ways in which they inspire and empower other women, on and off the water.


Directors: Evan Lyendecker | Dagger Kayaks | Jess Daddio | Session Studios
Producer: Jess Daddio | Session Studios

  • Broken Body of Water 

This motivational film showcases the human spirit in the face of adversity. With a malfunctioning body but sharp mind undiminished, Andy Sutton desires to achieve something profound before the inevitable happens. This film captures Andy’s journey as a competitive sportsman with an inoperable spinal cord tumor that is causing him to slowly lose his mobility. He defies nature’s course to achieve greatness against all the odds. And though the journey isn’t easy, there is still much life to be lived.

Director & Producer: Chris Pavey

  • Balkan Rivers Tour 4 | Action for Wild Rivers 

Balkan River Defence is a group of friends, kayakers, artists and activists working with locals throughout the Balkans to protect the last wild rivers in Europe from hydroelectric dams. Each year, they hit the road with kayaks, cameras and creativity to travel the Balkans and directly support locals fighting to save their rivers. During the fourth Balkan Rivers Tour in 2019, the crew visited Romania’s Basca Mare River, Slovenia’s Soča River and Bulgaria’s Struma River.


Directors: Matic Oblak, Mitja Legat, Tim Vrtnik
Producer: Balkan River Defence

  • The Great Route

This incredible SUP trip along the west coast of Greenland shows the effects of climate change in the high north. Standup paddler Michael Walther, photographer Daniell Bohnhof and filmmaker Maximilian Stolarow follow a route from Aasiaat to Ilulissat to discover life on the rough island in the past and present. In addition to icebergs, never-ending days and frigid temperatures, they meet Valdemar Petersen, an 84-year-old hunter and poet. The Great Route inspires action to protect this unique northern region.


Director: Maximilian Stolarow
Producer: Michael Walther

  • Banking on Bailey

Banks, Idaho is home to 17 hearty residents, including Ryan Bailey, a whitewater kayaker, wildland firefighter, and the unofficial mayor of the town. Situated at the confluence of the North and South Fork of the Payette River, Banks is to kayakers what the North Shore of Hawaii is to surfers, and Yosemite is to climbers. The river terrified Ryan when he was growing up, but it kept calling to him. Twenty-one years after his first competition in Banks, he continues to live his life unapologetically. He’s not concerned about what’s next, but rather what’s right now.

Director: Tim Kemple

  • Lawai'a, A Family Fishing Fable

Hawaii means many things to many people. For Nick Wakida, his homeland of Maui is tied to community and that community is part of a larger family. Nick doesn't have the big boats and expensive gear to do the deep sea fishing the islands are known for, but his can-do attitude and a sea kayak enables him to fish the waters. Fishing for Nick is about more than reeling in a big one. It's about tapping into the cultural and spiritual history, and sharing his bounty with family and community.

Director: Jeff Thomas
Producer: Mat Jackson

  • The Long River Home

The Long River Home is about overcoming the residual impacts of war through kayaking. Aaron Howell and Russell Davies are combat veterans who were injured in war and came together for another mission as they guide blind Navy veteran, Lonnie Bedwell, on his third trip through the Grand Canyon. Together, they learn negotiating the rapids of life is as simple as forming a team, kicking out in the current, and finding a line through the chaos.

Director: Seth Dahl
Producer: Sarah Leone
Executive Producer: Timmy O'Neill

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