Sandia Paddle & Film Festival

Location:
Sandia Lakes Recreation Area
76 Sandia Lakes Rd
Bernalillo, NM, 87004
See map: Google Maps
Directions:
From Albuquerque or Santa Fe: Take I-25 to Tramway (Hwy 556). Turn West on Tramway, continue to the round-about. Take Hwy 313 North, approximately 1 mile, past Shady Lakes, to Sandia Lakes Recreation Area on the left side of the road. From Rio Rancho, or the West side of Albuquerque: Take Alameda to 2nd Street (Hwy 47), turn North on 2nd Street. Continue on 2nd Street past the merger of 2nd and 4th Street; this becomes Hwy 556. Continue to the round-about. Take Hwy 313 North, approximately 1 mile, past Shady Lakes, to Sandia Lakes Recreation Area, on the left side of the road. From Bernalillo: Take Hwy 313 South approximately 7 miles to Sandia Lakes Recreation Area on the right side of the road.
Start Time: 
Sunday, June 14, 2015 - 11:00am - 9:00pm

 

Welcome to the 2015 Sandia Paddle & Film Festival at Sandia Lakes!

Sponsored by Garcia Subaru of Albuquerque and New Mexico Kayak Instruction!
100% of proceeds support Kayak New Mexico's Adaptive Kayaking programs for people with physical or developmental disabilities, or life-threatening medical conditions. Kayak New Mexico is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.

 

Two paddling events on the same day! Paddle Festival + Film Festival!

Have you every wanted to kayak, canoe, or paddle a SUP or raft, but didn't know where to begin? Have you ever been whitewater rafting and seen the kayakers having all the fun?  Are you curious about how to perform deep-water self- or assisted-rescues?  Are you planning a summer vacation or guided tour and want to get a little extra practice before you go?  Maybe you've seen all the different sizes and shapes of kayaks and you're just not sure what's best for you.  Maybe you're wondering "Where do you kayak in New Mexico?", "Where can I find others to go kayaking with?" or "How do I get my kids excited about the outdoors?"  The Sandia Paddle & Film Festival will answer these questions and more, in a fun-filled, water-focused day including twelve 1-hr mini-classes, canoe, kayak & SUP demos and family-friendly games, wrapped up with a 3-hour Reel Paddling Film Festival featuring a collection of whitewater, touring, SUP, kayak fishing, rafting, conservation and world-travel videos to get you even more excited about kayaking in New Mexico!

Quick Links

Ticket Pricing Sandia Paddle Festival Kayak, Canoe & SUP Demos Reel Paddling Film Festival Online Registration

Sandia Paddle Festival 11 - 4pm      

Sandia Lakes Recreation Area
Gates open at 10:30

Reel Paddling Film Festival 6 - 9pm

Sandia Prep Auditorium
Doors open at 5:30
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Adult Ticket (16+)
$35$30$15
Youth Ticekt (<16)$30$25$10
Children (<30")FreeFreeFree
Group discounts available! Contact Us for details!  Non-profits, youth groups, Boy/Girl scouts, Veterans Organizations.
Click here to Register Online Sandia Lakes Recreation Area - Sandia Pueblo, 10 minutes downtown Albuquerque!

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Sandia Paddle Festival:

45 minute break-out sessions and boat demos to help you get smart, get wet and get started paddling in New Mexico! 15 minutes between classes gives you time to ask questions and demo boats related to your topic.  Certified Instructors from New Mexico Kayak Instruction and paddle-sports ambassadors from the Greater Albuquerque / Santa Fe Kayak Meetup group and the Adobe Whitewater Club will cover the following:

Clinic Schedule

(Note: this schedule is tentative and may be revised over time as we add new clinics and partners to the event)

11 - 11:45am

   
LocationCourse NameDescriptionInstructorAssistants
Station 1       
The One Kayak that Does it All!An overview of the cross-purpose kayak, and why it's so great for New Mexico's smaller lakes and easier rivers.Chip B. 
Station 2Walk on Water - a Beginner's Guide to Stand-up PaddlingClassroom discussion and SUP demoTBD 
Station 3Southwest Canoeing QuickstartLearn about the different shapes, materials and intended purposes, as well as how that affects handling in different conditions in this land and water-based clinic Stan M. 
SUP & Fishing demos TBD 
Station 4Whitewater kayak demosTest-drive over 50 whitewater kayaks

Jamie C.

Paul B.
Station 5Choosing a Kayak that's Right for You!'Which witch is which?'  An overview of whitewater, touring, recreational and inflatable kayaks, and the pros & cons of each!Kelly G. 
Station 6Touring Demos
Test-drive over 10 touring kayaks (a.k.a. "Sea kayaks")Jane B. 
Women on the WaterLearn about paddling programs for womenChristine M. 
Pavilion    
     

12 - 12:45pm

   
Station 1Kayaking K-9s
Tips and Tricks for Taking your Best Friend out on the water!Christine M. 
Station 2Kayak Fishing - an Angler's Secret WeaponLearn the pros & cons of sit-inside and sit-on-top fishing kayaks, simple to sophisticated outfitting methods!Eric O. 
Station 3SUP & Fishing demosOn-water test-driveTBD 
Station 4Whitewater demos

Test-drive over 50 whitewater kayaks

Jamie C.Paul B.
Pros & Cons of Inflatable KayaksLearn about the designs, purposes, materials and best use of inflatable kayaks, and how each affects priceScott C. 
Station 5Kayaking for Families & Kids A progression for learning and having fun! (age 5 - 12)
Ellen H. 
Station 6Touring DemosTest-drive over 10 touring kayaks (a.k.a. "Sea kayaks")Jane B.
 
Rolling, Rescues & RecoveriesA demonstration of simple, quick and effective self- and assisted-rescues. Learn how to re-enter a dry boat from deep water in 1-minute or less!Kelly G. 
Pavilion    
     

1 - 1:45pm

   
Station 1The One Kayak that Does it All!An overview of the cross-purpose kayak, and why it's so great for New Mexico's smaller lakes and easier rivers.Chip B. 
Station 2TBD   
Station 3TBD   
Station 4Whitewater demosTest-drive over 50 whitewater kayaksJamie C.Paul B.
Station 5Choosing a Kayak that's Right for You!'Which witch is which?'  An overview of whitewater, touring, recreational and inflatable kayaks, and the pros & cons of each!Kelly G. 
Station 6Touring demosTest-drive over 10 touring kayaks (a.k.a. "Sea kayaks")  
Pros & Cons of Recreational KayaksYou may see these kayaks at big-box retailers. They're affordable, but often heavy and limited in purpose.  Learn the pros & cons before before making a purchase! TBD 
Pavilion    
     

2 - 2:45pm

   
Station 1International Paddling A Wanderer's guide to good deals and great destinationsChristine M. 
Station 2    
Station 3Southwest Canoeing QuickstartLearn about the different shapes, materials and intended purposes, as well as how that affects handling in different conditions in this land and water-based clinic Stan M. 
Station 4Whitewater demosTest-drive over 50 whitewater kayaksJamie C.Paul B.
Pros & Cons of Inflatable KayaksLearn about the designs, purposes, materials and best use of inflatable kayaks, and how each affects priceScott C. 
Station 5Kayaking for Families & Kids A progression for learning and having fun! (age 5 - 12)Ellen H. 
Station 6Touring Kayak demosTest-drive over 10 touring kayaks (a.k.a. "Sea kayaks")Jane B. 
Rolling, Rescues & RecoveriesA demonstration of simple, quick and effective self- and assisted-rescues. Learn how to re-enter a dry boat from deep water in 1-minute or less!Kelly G. 
Pavilion    
     

3 - 3:45pm

   
Station 1The One Kayak that Does it All!An overview of the cross-purpose kayak, and why it's so great for New Mexico's smaller lakes and easier rivers.Chip B. 
Station 2    
Station 3TBD   
Station 4Whitewater demosTest-drive over 50 whitewater kayaksJamie C.Paul B.
Station 5Choosing a Kayak that's Right for You!'Which witch is which?'  An overview of whitewater, touring, recreational and inflatable kayaks, and the pros & cons of each!Kelly G. 
Station 6Touring Kayak demosTest-drive over 10 touring kayaks (a.k.a. "Sea kayaks")  
 Pros & Cons of Recreational KayaksYou may see these kayaks at big-box retailers. They're affordable, but often heavy and limited in purpose.  Learn the pros & cons before before making a purchase!   
Pavilion    

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Kayak, Canoe & SUP Demos

 

We'll have an assortment of kayak, canoe & SUP demos from Jackson Kayaks, Liquid Logic Kayaks, Current Designs, Delta Kayaks, Prijon Kayaks, Native Watercraft and more.  Whitewater, touring, recreational, inflatable, fishing and kids kayaks, as well as Stand-up Paddleboards. Demos for this event are meant to provide beginners with an idea of the different types of kayaks, canoes and SUPs that are on the market.  While many brands and models are available, we will not have all brands or all models.

Sandia Paddle Festival at Sandia Lakes

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Reel Paddling Film Festival

Coming to Albuquerque Sunday, June 14, 2015, at 5:30pm at the Sandia Prep auditorium. The Reel Paddling Film Festival will include an assortment of paddling videos from the 2015 World Tour listed below. We aim to have a diverse mix of family-friendly videos including whitewater kayaking, sea kayaking, kayak fishing, canoeing, rafting, Stand-up Paddling, conservation and education.  We will try to show new films that have not been shown in other area film festivals.

2015 Program - Selection in progress. Check back soon!  
1st Half Program - TBD
Intermission & Raffle
2nd Half Program - TBD
 

2015 World Tour Films

 
Andørja World Record Expedition
Film Winner Documentary
This is a story about Joel Abrahamsson and his successful attempt to break the former world record for biggest fish ever caught from a kayak. In 2014, Joel caught a 1,200-pound Greenland shark, pulverizing the last documented record.
 Director: Erik Lundin & Markus Wickelgren | Producer: Oskar Stenberg Website: www.freewaterpictures.se
Bass on the Road 2
Two bass anglers from the Southeast meet up with two kayak anglers in Florida to fish for exotic species and bucket-list fish. Mosquitos, rough terrain, heavy thunderstorms and oppressive heat make the fishing challenging. The anglers are also trying something new—fly fishing.
Director: Rob DeVore | Producer: Bob Bramblet | Website: www.vimeo.com/user13672278
Caleb
Caleb Brousseau lost the use of his legs in a snowboarding accident in 2007. While that would end many other people’s careers in action sports, for Caleb it was only the beginning. Caleb went on to become one of the best sit-skiers in the world, winning a medal at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. In the summertime, this Terrace, British Columbia native descends from the mountain and hits the river with an inspiring attitude and solid class IV skills.
Director and Producer: Blair Lion | Website: www.papatuanukufilm.com
A Cross Canada Canoe Odyssey
Join four women, two men and three canoes as they journey across Canada from
the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean. On their journey, they paddle, cycle, hike, and snowshoe. The group has to overcome grueling portages, clouds of mosquitoes, food shortages, persistent wind and waves, freighter traffic, poison ivy and having six independent people be interdependent, continuously for six months. The canoeists travel 7,600 kilometers beneath mountain peaks, across the Great Plains and through vast expanses of Boreal forest. A Cross Canada Canoe Odyssey was born out of a love of freshwater and was fueled by a lust for adventure.
Director: Stephanie Robertson, Nathalie Brunet | Producer: Cross Canada Canoe Odyssey Members: Nathalie Brunet, Abby Lewis, Ross Phillips, Shane Ringham, Stephanie Robertson and Whitney Vanderleest | Website: www.cancanoeodyssey.yikesite.com
DamNation
Film Winner Documentary
This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our
national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the
growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our
rivers. Dam removal has moved beyond the fictional Monkey Wrench Gang
to go mainstream. Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life. DamNation’s majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.
Director: Ben Knight, Travis Rummel | Producer: Matt Stoecker, Travis Rummel Website: www.damnationfilm.com
Delta Dawn
Film Winner Environmental
The Colorado River had not kissed the sea in almost two decades, until the spring of 2014 when an experimental pulse of water was released into this forgotten delta. A team of river runners followed the water to witness this unprecedented restoration effort, and attempted to be the only, and potentially the last, to float the Colorado River to the sea by paddleboard.
Director and Producer: Peter McBride | Website: www.petemcbride.com
Facing Waves: Outriggers and SUP in TahitiFilm Winner SUP
Explore Tahiti by paddleboard, both above and below the tropical waters of Moorea. Featuring ACA SUP instructor and trainer Jimmy Blakeney and the queen of SUP, Nikki Gregg.
Director: Kelsey Thompson | Producer: Ken Whiting | Website: www.helipress.com
Facing Waves: Whitewater Mexico
Take part in one of the world’s most extreme whitewater races, the Alsaseca River in Veracrus, Mexico, while exploring big waterfalls, lush rain forests and the world class whitewater the region offers.
Director: Kelsey Thompson | Producer: Ken Whiting | Website: www.helipress.com
How Not To Steal A Kayak...Film Winner Amateur
FTS Style is a group of professional amateur kayakers who bring paddling movies to another level. The goal of their game is to put a smile on your face. In this short, they offer a few examples of how not to steal a kayak.
 Director: Sebastien Leger | Producer: FTS Style
Kayak Fishing Lake GuntersvilleFilm Winner Kayak Fishing
Chad Hoover visits Alabama’s legendary Lake Guntersville, looking to hook up hogs with frogs in pursuit of the ultimate kayak bass fishing experience.
Director and Producer: Ken Whiting | Website: www.helipress.com
Kayak Mario Bros
Mario embarks on yet another adventure in order to save the princess, journeying across the land to the Kananaskis River in Alberta, Canada. Will he make it past the strange creatures, and through the long shuttles and difficult whitewater?
Director and Producer: Krista Hughes
Mackenzie River: Long Far & Wild
Some years ago Spanish paddlers, Carlos Rodriguez and Carlos Ares, tackled a style of kayaking that was completely new to them. Drawn by the vast British Columbia wilderness, they sought out rivers to hone their ability to paddle long distances down whitewater rivers, carrying everything on board so they could spend weeks paddling and travel hundred of kilometers. Then they realized the possibility of going even further and for longer. They began to wonder about the biggest rivers, about the most remote and untamed arctic wilderness. Their target was obvious: the whole Mackenzie River by kayak.
Director: Carlos Rodriguez | Producer: Carlos Rodriguez (BICHO Prods) | Website: www.bichoproducciones.es
Muskoka River X
Armed with a drone, several GoPros and a DSLR camera, one man follows the incredible Muskoka River X race. The race travels the Muskoka River system for a distance of 130 kilometers and must be completed unassisted in 24 hours.
Director and Producer: Andy Hansen - Pure Muskoka | Website: www.muskokariverx.puremuskoka.com
Paddle to DC: A Quest for Clean Water
In autumn 2014, National Geographic Adventurers of the Year and Minnesota wilderness guides Amy and Dave Freeman canoed and sailed 2,000 miles from Ely, Minnesota, to Washington, D.C., on a quest to save the Boundary Waters from the threat of sulfide ore mining. If built, these mines would leach sulfuric acid and heavy metals that would flow directly into our nation’s most cherished and iconic wilderness area for centuries into the future.
Director and Producer: Nate Ptacek | Website: www.nateptacek.com
A Paddler’s Pilgrimage
Film Winner Sea Kayak
This documentary follows James Manke and James Roberts as they travel to Qaqortaq, Greenland, to experience and participate in the Greenland National Kayak Championships. The film explores the arctic origins of the kayak, the Greenlandic peoples’ most important traditional tool of survival, and why it is now celebrated as a means to preserve their heritage.
Director: David Hartman, James Roberts | Producer: James Roberts, James Manke Website: www.ontarioseakayakcentre.com , www.hayfiremedia.com
River of Eden
Join filmmaker Pete McBride on a journey into the Fijian Highlands to discover why the locals said no to easy money from resource extraction. Instead they turned to tourism to fund a conservation area that protects one of the most beautiful rivers on Earth.
Director and Producer: Peter McBride | Website: www.petemcbride.com
Serene & Surreal: Healing Waters of Congaree Wilderness
“Without having the wilderness so accessible, I know in fact that a lot of vets wouldn’t be here,” says Eric Guzman in Serene & Surreal: Healing Waters of the Congaree Wilderness, a new film from the National Park Service’s America’s Wilderness series. Guzman, who served as a machine gunner in the Marine Corps and as an Army combat engineer, co-narrates this beautiful and moving film that celebrates the redemptive powers of paddling with a PTSD therapy group. Join a transformative journey into the floodplain forest of Congaree National Park.
Director and Producer: Sarah Gulick | Website: www.americaswilderness.com 
Stand Up Paddling with Jodelle Fitzwater
Personal trainer, yoga instructor and obsessed standup paddleboarder, Jodelle Fitzwater, describes discovering SUP yoga from her hometown of Branson, Missouri.
Director: Kelsey Thompson | Producer: Ken Whiting | Website: www.helipress.com
The Grand Canyon of the Stikine
Film Winner Whitewater
Shrouded in darkness and legend, the Grand Canyon of the Stikine River
is the Everest of whitewater. For over 30 years, its menacing difficulty has
lured expedition kayakers looking for the ultimate challenge. Once the river
casts its spell, a kayaker cannot stay away. Olaf Obsommer has collected
some of the best kayakers in the world for this descent of the Stikine. His team includes Sam Sutton, Gerd and younger brother Aniol Serrasolses and Jared Meehan.
Director and Producer: Olaf Obsommer | Website: www.big-o-productions.com
Top 10 Tips for Canoeing & Kayaking Safely
Film Winner Instructional
With the influx of novice paddlers on all types of waterways comes an increased risk of injuries and deaths. Canoes, kayaks and standup paddleboards were responsible for 20 percent of all boating causalities last year (U.S. Coast Guard 2013 Recreational Boating statistics). The ACA, with funding from the U.S. Coast Guard, partnered with Anzovin Studio to create this animated video with the goal of educating and empowering
paddlers to take responsibility for their personal safety on the water.
Director: ACA | Producer: U.S. Coast Guard
Tumwater Solitude
The Wenatchee River’s Tumwater Canyon ranks as some of the biggest roadside whitewater anywhere. Unlike more remote water, the Tumwater stands brazenly, beckoning all challengers. This film follows 23-year-old Sam Grafton as he paddles this class V+ section by himself. The river is at its annual peak flow, a thundering 14,000 CFS. This is a personal moment between man and nature. This is Tumwater Solitude.
Director: Shane Wilder | Producer: Leah Hemberry | Website: www.icicletv.com 
We Belong To It
Film Winner Canoeing
We Belong To It follows renowned traveler and British TV personality Ray Mears’ journey into the heart of Wabakimi Provincial Park in northern Ontario, Canada. The film explores the visual beauty of the Boreal forest landscape, and delves into Mears’ reflections on nature and his mastered skill set in bushcraft.
Director and Producer: Goh Iromoto | Website: www.gohiromoto.com 
Wilderness Canoe Journey - Past, Present, Future
Is there any hope for the future? People are paddling less and there’s a concern that we are no longer connected to nature. This new film from Kevin Callan shows a positive view; that there is hope.
Director and Producer: Kevin Callan | Website: www.kevincallan.com 

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Can I bring my dog to the event?
A: Sandia Lakes Recreation Area only allows registered service dogs on the property. All other dogs must be left behind.

Q: How should I dress for the event?
A: Participants are encouraged to get in the water, paddle kayaks and play games with the kids. However, we cannot guarantee that you won't get wet. Please dress appropriately for getting in the water. Consider storing keys, wallets, cell phones and other valuables in a secure place. Remember to secure eye-glasses and expensive shades, should they come off in the water.

Q: What else do I need for the event?
A: Consider bringing folding lawn chairs for the discussions and on-water demonstrations, lunch, etc. If you have your own life jacket, conssider bringing it.  You should have chairs, life jackets, etc. labeled with name and phone number.

Q: Can I bring my own kayak and paddle?
A: We have other community event at Sandia Lakes where we encourage paddlers to bring their own kayaks to paddle. However, no outside kayaks will be permitted on to the property during this event.

Q: Can I bring food, snacks or drinks?
A: Food only allowed by permitted vendors on Sandia Lakes Recreation Area. We will have two food trucks on the property for a variety of meal options.

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Price: 
$35.00 Before Tax
Payment: 
Once this form is submitted and your registration is received, you will receive a PayPal request for the amount of the event, plus sales tax. Payment must be received to confirm your registration and must be received before any deadlines to lock in early-registration discounts, online registration discounts, etc.
HIGHLY recommend this course to anyone interested even in local overnight kayaking adventures! Totally loved it!!
Ele Radoslovich  -  Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, ABQ Health Partners

I love this meetup group.  Kelly has done a great job of building a foundation or respect, camaraderie, and skills so that everyone has fun.  Thanks Kelly for all you do!

Liza Kerr
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