Reel Paddling Film Festival

International film tour offers the world’s best whitewater, sea kayaking and canoeing.

The Annual Riverhouse Rendezvous Slalom Kayaking Race will be coupled with the Reel Paddling Film Festival at Tower Theatre over the weekend of March 30.

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

With 34 inspiring paddling films short-listed for the World Tour, including the ten festival category winners, audiences can expect to see 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.

Audiences can expect to see these great films: Advanced Classic Solo Canoeing with Becky Mason as she teaches from her cedar-canvas canoe on the crystal clear waters of Lac Vert, Quebec; In Chasing Water, National Geographic photojournalist Pete McBride follows the Colorado River from his family’s ranch to where the river once, but no longer, reaches the ocean; WildWater is a journey into the places only river runners can go. It’s a visually stunning feast for the senses and an expedition into new ideas; in The Pipedreams Project three kayakers embark on an epic two-month kayak expedition along the length of the B.C. coast; and 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.  

March 30 at 7:30pm at the Tower Theatre. 541-604-0246.

Tickets $12 in advance or $15 the day of through Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe or  

The Annual Riverhouse Rendezvous Slalom Kayaking Race will take place on Sunday, April 1 at 10am in the Deschutes River behind Riverhouse Convention Center and Hotel. Throughout the day, paddlers divided by age group, type of boat and gender will test their skills and endurance on the quarter-mile whitewater course. Whitewater kayakers from all over the world come to Central Oregon to enjoy the whitewater that gushes down the Cascade Mountains every spring.  

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