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Port Angeles Kayak and Film Festival- courses, dates and films!

Let your Spring kayak planning begin with the Port Angeles Kayak and Film Festival!  All of your favorite and talented instructors will be there to help get your skills tuned for a successful kayaking future. With Chris Duff, Deb Volturno, Gary Korb, Dr. Sam Baker, Rhonda Schwab, Chris Smith, Les and Diane Uhrich,  Ken DeBondt, Barbara Dekeyser, John Palmer, Jarrett Swan, and John Gussman all teaching you are guaranteed to learn several new tips to make you a safer, smarter, more confident kayaker.

The festival slated for April 23rd and 24th in beautiful downtown Port Angeles is a fun filled weekend for all levels of kayakers and stand up paddleboarders, beginners to expert, youth to adult. There are over 22 courses available throughout the weekend, some are land/classroom based and several are on the water skill based.  You do not need to have your own kayak to participate as all the gear is included for those taking introductory on water classes such as Intro to Sea Kayak and Intro to Stand Up Paddleboard. In addition to the several courses available individuals and families alike are invited to spend the day at the demo beach where the kayak manufacturers will be on hand to answer questions and have their entire line up of kayak and paddleboard models available to try out. If you are considering purchasing a new kayak or paddleboard, make a day or the entire weekend at the demo beach a priority.

Plan on coming out both Friday and Saturday nights for the film festival!  Friday night’s welcome and pre-registration party will be held at Barhop Brewery.  Friday night’s films will be all about the Olympic Peninsula featuring local award winning filmmaker John Gussman’s work on the Elwha River and surrounding area. Other films screened Friday night will include local amateur films featuring both water and snow.

Saturday night we are pleased to welcome adventurer and award winning filmmaker Justine Curgenven of Cackle TV Productions as the keynote speaker.

Justine is an award winning adventure filmmaker and expedition seakayaker, who’s programs have aired on the National Geographic Channel, Channel 4, Channel 5 and the BBC. She runs Cackle TV and created the highly acclaimed “This is the Sea” series of sea kayaking DVDs. Her films have won over a dozen prestigious prizes including best adventure film at Banff & Kendal Mountain Film Festivals. She regularly gives slide presentations and writes magazine articles, nationally and internationally. Justine was previously a competitive sportswoman, winning 9 Blues at Cambridge university and representing England at hockey at Universities level. At Cambridge University, where she graduated with a science degree, she was also president of “The Ospreys”, the Cambridge University women’s sporting association. Once Justine left university she worked as a Television journalist and then a multi-skilled program maker, learning the skills necessary to tell a story using moving pictures. She also discovered the world of nature and adventure and put down her hockey stick in favor of a kayak paddle, a mountain bike and hiking shoes! She went on many adventures including biking across the Pyrenees mountains from coast to coast, trekking in the Himalaya & climbing the almost 7,000 metre Mount Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Americas (which she filmed for a National Geographic series). In 2002, she competed for England in the surf kayak world championships winning several of her heats and helping England to 4th position.

More recently, Justine has focused on challenging seakayaking journeys and was named as one of the UK’s top living explorers & invited to meet the Queen at a Buckingham Palace reception for adventurers.

Justine’s presentation will be held at Peninsula College Maier Performance Hall from 7:00- 9:00 PM.

To register for the 2016 Port Angeles Kayak Festival courses and events, go to or call (360) 417-3015 for questions.

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