Adventure Filmmaker to Keynote 2016 Kayak Festival
By Deborah Black
Take Your Dream Kayak for a Spin, Learn to Maneuver a Stand-Up Paddle Board and Enjoy the Thrill of Local Adventure Films
at the Port Angeles Kayak & Film Festival
The Most Diverse Paddle Sport Event in the Country!
Port Angeles, Wash., April 7, 2016 – It all begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 22! That’s when Port Angeles’ Barhop Brewery will kick-off the third annual Port Angeles Kayak & Film Festival with a Welcome Party featuring locally produced adventure films, pizza, beer and camaraderie. World renowned expert kayak instructors and expeditioners will eat, drink and make merry with local paddlers while enjoying the work of Olympic Peninsula producer John Gussman and other award-winning professional filmmakers. Participants can register on site for more than 20 diverse paddling classes that will be offered throughout the Festival weekend, April 23 – 24, 2016.
Among the Festival’s many unique features is the Demo Beach located at Hollywood Beach next to Port Angeles City Pier. Recreational, touring, sit-on-top and Surfski kayaks as well as Stand-Up Paddle Boards will be available for test driving. Visitors can pick them up, test their weight, check out the quality of construction and learn first-hand about all the different designs and materials. It’s rare to find so many different models in one location. Represented brands include: Hobie, Delta Kayaks, Dagger, Wilderness Systems, Werner, Perception, Eddyline, Epic, Swift Paddles and Kokatat Watersports Wear. Special pricing will be available throughout the weekend. The Demo Beach will be open on Saturday, 9am – 5pm, and on Sunday, 9am – 3pm.
The adventure films continue on Saturday evening at Peninsula College’s Maier Performance Hall. Beginning at 7pm, expedition kayaker and adventure filmmaker Justine Curgenven will give a keynote presentation titled, “Sea Kayaking the World,” which features clips from her award-winning films, highlighting paddling excursions along the wild coastlines of Russia, Antarctica, New Zealand, Patagonia and the Aleutian Islands. Peninsula College Maier Performance Hall is located at 1502 E. Lauridsen Boulevard in Port Angeles. Tickets are $10.00, available online or at the door.
Paddling Classes for Everyone
Twenty-four classes ranging from Introduction to Sea Kayaking to Advanced Rescue Techniqueswill be offered from 8am – 3:30pm on Saturday, and from 8am – 2pm on Sunday. The classes will be taught by 17 experts specializing in all genres of kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding (SUP). New this year, instructor Kenny Howell will offer an introductory Surfski Clinic to give participants a taste of this fast and exciting paddle craft. Creative paddlers can learn the art of Adventure Videography in a seminar presented by Justine Curgenven. Other new classes include How to Choose & Rig Your Fishing Kayak and Intro to Kayak Photography presented by John Gussman.
Registration & Ticket Information
There are four ways to register for events:
- Guarantee your space by reserving online at www.portangeleskayakandfilm.com.
- Call (360) 417-3015.
- Register at the *Welcome Party at Barhop Brewery & Taproom on Friday, April 22. Film screening 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Afterwards, the house will be rocking with live music and serving up some fresh eats! Barhop is located at 124 W. Railroad Ave. in Port Angeles.
- *Register at the festival Check-in Tent.