The Vernon Paddling Centre

The Vernon Paddling Centre

Reel fest captures support

The Vernon Paddling Centre presents the 10th annual Reel Paddling Film Festival Thursday

It’s a film fest for funds.

The Vernon Paddling Centre presents the 10th annual Reel Paddling Film Festival Thursday at 7 p.m. at Vernon’s Towne Cinema.

The Reel Paddling Film Festival is an international film tour presenting the world’s best whitewater, sea, kayaking, canoeing, SUP (stand-up paddle) and kayak fishing action and paddling lifestyle films of the year.

The event is similar to the Best of the Banff Mountain Film Festival.

The films are being shown around the world in more than 100 cities in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., Europe and Australia.

“With 23 inspiring films short-listed for the world tour, including 10 festival category winners, audiences can expect to see stand-up paddle surfing, hairy whitewater action, sea kayakers exploring remote coastlines, international travel films, motivating environmental documentaries, kayak fishing battles and hilarious short films capturing the lighter side of paddling life,” said Bob Woodman, spokesperson for the Vernon Paddling Centre.

Tickets are $12 in advance, and they are available at the Towne Cinema, Innerspace Watersports, Bean Scene and Valhalla Pure, or $15 at the door.

Included in the ticket price is a free digital subscription to Rapid, Adventure Kayak, Canoeroots and Kayak Angler magazines, a $39 value.

Door prizes for the evening have been donated by Innerspace Watersports and the Vernon Paddling Centre.

Proceeds from the evening go to the Vernon Paddling Centre and its quest to create a small boat (non-motor) paddling centre at Paddlewheel Park on Okanagan Lake.

“We’ve already built a dock and put the dock out,” said Woodman.

“We’re trying to create a centre so people can come, store their boats there and have a place where people can paddle from to places where the city has put up public lake accesses and picnic tables for a nice outing.”

The Vernon Paddling Centre is also looking for new members as membership has dropped from a high of nearly 120 down to around 30 members.

There is no age limit to join.

“Club members can use stand-up paddleboards, canoes, kayaks, six-person outrigger canoes,” said Woodman.

“It’s a good thing. We’re trying to expand the club. We have coaching available. You can also join the club and just store your boat if you want to.”

More information on the club can be found at www.vernonpaddlingcentre.ca and more information on the paddling film festival can be found at www.reelpaddlingfilmfestival.com.