Inaugural Port Angeles kayak, film festival makes splash this weekend
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Adventurer Chris Duff will make the keynote presentation Saturday in Port Angeles during this weekend's Port Angeles Kayak and Film Festival.

By Rob Ollikainen
Peninsula Daily News

Full schedule
PORT ANGELES — Here is the schedule, as well as the fees, for the courses, races and other events at this weekend's Port Angeles Kayak and Film Festival.

A complete list of the classes and films offered at the festival is available on the event website, www.portangeleskayakandfilm.com.

Friday

■ 7 p.m. — Welcome party, Barhop Brewing, 124 W. Railroad Ave.

Saturday

■ 9 a.m. — “Eskimo Rolling,” Red Lion Hotel pool, 221 N. Lincoln St.; $35 course fee.

■ 9 a.m. — “Selecting Your First Kayak,” Hollywood Beach; $5 course fee.

■ 9:30 a.m. — “Intro to Surf Zone,” Crescent Beach near Salt Creek Recreation Area; $35 course fee.

■ 10 a.m. — Skills Obstacle Race, Hollywood Beach; $10 race fee.

■ 11 a.m. — “Intro to Stand-Up Paddleboarding,” Hollywood Beach; $35 course fee.

■ 11 a.m. — “Choosing Kayak Gear: How to Get Started in the Sport of Kayaking,” Hollywood Beach; $5 course fee.
■ 12:30 p.m. — “Edging Skills,” Hollywood Beach; $35 course fee.

■ 12:30 p.m. — “Kayak Repair Made Easy,” Hollywood Beach; $5 course fee.

■ 1 p.m. — “Intro to Sea Kayaking,” Hollywood Beach; $35 course fee.

■ 2 p.m. — “Eskimo Rolling,” Red Lion Hotel pool; $35 course fee.
■ 3 p.m. — “Intro to Sea Kayaking,” Hollywood Beach; $35 course fee.

■ 3:30 p.m. — “Learning Tide and Currents,” Feiro Marine Life Center; $20 course fee.

■ 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. — Outdoor Adventure Film Festival, Studio Bob, 118 Front St., $10 admission.

■ 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. — Keynote presentation by adventurer Chris Duff of Port Angeles, Red Lion Hotel; $10 or free with admission to film festival.

Sunday

■ 9 a.m. — “Eskimo Rolling,” Red Lion Hotel pool; $35 course fee.

■ 9 a.m. — “Navigation,” Feiro Marine Life Center; $20 course fee.

■ 9 a.m. — “Selecting Your First Kayak,” Hollywood Beach; $5 course fee.

■ 9 a.m. — “Intro to Rock Gardening,” Freshwater Bay; $35 course fee.

■ 11 a.m. — “Intro to Stand-Up Paddleboarding,” Hollywood Beach; $35 course fee.

■ 11 a.m. — “Choose the Right Paddle,” Hollywood Beach, $5 course fee.

■ 11:30 p.m. — “Edging Skills,” Hollywood Beach; $35 course fee.

■ Noon — “Intro to Surf SUP (Stand-Up Paddle),” Crescent Beach, $35 course fee.

■ Noon — “Towing Techniques,” Hollywood Beach, $35 course fee.

■ 1 p.m. — “Intro to Sea Kayaking,” Hollywood Beach; $35 course fee.

■ 1:30 p.m. — “Debacle Deterrent,” Freshwater Bay; $35 course fee.
Peninsula Daily News
PORT ANGELES — Organizers of the inaugural Port Angeles Kayak and Film Festival say the community-centric event will offer something for everyone.

Part festival and part symposium, the kayak extravaganza through Sunday will “bring together people of all ages and all different skill levels” to experience nature and “have a good time,” said Tammi Hinkle, owner of Adventures Through Kayaking.

Co-sponsored by Adventures Through Kayaking, Olympic Raft & Kayak and Sound Bikes & Kayaks — all of Port Angeles — the new festival highlights and promotes all categories of paddling, from sea and lake to river and surf.

It offers 24 classes taught by “world-renowned instructors,” many of whom live on the North Olympic Peninsula because of its diverse kayaking opportunities, Hinkle said.

(EDITOR"S NOTE: “Today” and “tonight” refer to Friday, April 11.)

The festivities will begin at 7 p.m. today with a welcome party and live music at Barhop Brewing in Port Angeles, where paddlers can gather information and make last-minute registrations.

While most of the on-water classes quickly filled up, there is plenty of space available for land-based courses where beginners can learn how to select the right kayak and gear.

Registrations for land classes can be made at the check-in tent at Hollywood Beach at Lincoln Street and Railroad Avenue.

New and experienced paddlers can test-drive a variety of kayaks at Hollywood Beach for a $10 beach pass Saturday and Sunday.

Feature films

Eight feature films, ranging from 12 to 40 minutes, will be shown at the Outdoor Adventure Film Festival from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Studio Bob, 118 Front St.

Among the films will be “Bhutan: The Last Shangri-La,” the “Of Souls+Water” series, “Wildwater” and “Mountain Mind Collective,” which was filmed on the North Olympic Peninsula.

Next Door Gastropub will serve street tacos along with beer and wine during the film festival.

Organizer Morgan Colonel of Olympic Raft and Kayak said the film festival is an “opportunity for people to see and be inspired by outdoor adventure opportunities around the world that are also available right here in our own backyard.”

The $10 film pass includes admission to a keynote presentation by adventurer Chris Duff at the Port Angeles Red Lion Hotel from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Duff, an award-winning author and adventure traveler, will share stories and photos of his journeys along the coasts of America, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand and Iceland.

A no-host bar will be available.

Billed as “a world-class event with that small-town charm,” the Port Angeles Kayak and Film Festival is an ambitious spin-off of the Port Angeles Kayak Symposium, which was dissolved last year after a 12-year run.

The original symposium was organized by former Olympic Raft and Kayak owner Dave King, who retired in 2011.

“It's kind of a refresh on that event,” Hinkle said.

“All of the three kayak shops are working together. The whole idea is it's a community event.”

Said Colonel: “Paddling is year-round in the Pacific Northwest.”

“We've got open sea, rivers and white water, plus rainforest, caves and many other interesting places to explore from the water,” said Colonel, whose photos are being featured this month in a kayak-themed art exhibit at Studio Bob.

“It's all there waiting to be discovered again and again.”

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Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5072, or at rollikainen@peninsuladailynews.com.

Last modified: April 11. 2014 10:00PM
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