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The Call of the River

May 19, 2017 - Comment

From vintage footage to in-depth interviews with the sports eclectic pioneers, this must-see documentary offers a behind-the-scenes look at what inspires kayak and canoe paddlers to answer the call of the river. Produced by Kent Ford, a Whitewater Hall of Fame Inductee, the film featuring more than 100 sources of footage and images spanning 100

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From vintage footage to in-depth interviews with the sports eclectic pioneers, this must-see documentary offers a behind-the-scenes look at what inspires kayak and canoe paddlers to answer the call of the river. Produced by Kent Ford, a Whitewater Hall of Fame Inductee, the film featuring more than 100 sources of footage and images spanning 100 years of whitewater history. The film chronicles the world of whitewater from its early beginnings in Europe through its position as a major outdoor sport in the world today. From the inaugural FIBArk race on Colorados Arkansas River in 1949, to Grumman Aviation entering the aluminum canoe business, the sports history is riddled with watershed moments, all of which have been painstakingly documented through more than 100 sources of footage. Learn how paddling exploded in the 1970s, spurred by the movie Deliverance, slaloms inclusion in the 1972 Augsburg Olympics, and the advent of nearly indestructible plastic kayaks. Follow along as this cult-classic takes you from world champion defections from communist-occupied countries to the summer camps and clubs that fueled the sports early growth and continue to do so today. From early explorations in fragile wood and canvas boats to today s multi-manufacturer line-up of creek, play and river-running kayaks, nowhere has the sports journey from obscurity to mainstream been so thoroughly unveiled.

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