The summer of 2013 was full of adventure. I was lucky to spend the duration of the summer on the West Branch of the Penobscot while helping Jeremy Cass get his business off the ground. It was a great year for Maine whitewater kayakers, with early season high water, consistent flows and some spectacular summer weather towards the end, we couldn’t have asked for much more. This was the second summer producing a Maine whitewater film for the Maine Outdoor Film Festival and it was a fantastic experience yet again. I was able to compile a film that represented many aspects of Maine’s whitewater scene. I owe that to all the dedicated paddlers that were willing to share their footage and to them I would like to extend a huge thank you. I was truly inspired by the community this year and we have set our sights high for next years film. Hopefully we will be able to bring you the details on that soon. In the mean time please take a moment to enjoy this years film and catch it one last time on the big screen at Empire in the Old Port. The MOFF awards ceremony and screening will be taking place on December 5th and I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone there. Thanks again!
It’s been awhile since I’ve updated this page, life sure does get busy fast. I’ll have a summer recap and a look at what’s in store for next year up soon but in the mean time I am selling a very limited number of canvas prints of this beautiful night shot of the Crib. As of now there are 8 prints available. Printed on canvas and framed on a 1.5″ think wood frame. This shot was taken this past summer and was a 15 second exposure, we used fireworks to light the scene. The prints are 24″ x 36″ see below for a more visual representation of the size. Money raised from the sale of these prints goes toward our next film project. It’s to early to spill the details but our next film idea reaches far beyond anything we’ve done yet. Please allow 2 weeks for delivery, may be shorter if you are willing to pick up. Click the “Buy Now” button below images to order.
With the Maine Outdoor Film Festival coming up in late August we’ve begun compiling and editing footage. Mitch through together a little teaser edit of himself which came out pretty awesome. We’ll have a lot more footage of Mitch, and many others in our film at the film fest. Don’t miss out, it’s a fun evening of good beers and outdoor films in the field across from Three Rivers Whitewater in The Forks, Maine.
Mike McVey is at it again. Just over a week after Huckfest Mike took to the rivers to show us that the Anvil isn’t just for hucking. We ventured to Sandy Stream, a classic and popular class IV-V run in Lexington Township, Maine. Mike fired up every rapid, styled the whole run and walked away only slightly battered and bruised… Killin’ it bud
Recently a river boarding website featured a few articles about this Mike McVey character. Who is he they ask… It’s hard to truly understand Mike until you’ve met him, to some he seems crazy, reckless, out of control… I mean what else would you think about someone body boarding off a 40′ waterfall. But in reality, Mike is the opposite. He is talented, calculated, meticulous and driven by a passion for the river that few people understand. Long before Mike took on the challenge of river boarding he was turning heads in his whitewater kayak. Growing up in the small town of Millinocket, just a short drive from the world class West Branch of the Penobscot, Mike was one of the few “townies” that made his way up to the river. Kayaking took over Mike’s life and his passion for the sport showed quickly in his abilities. Known around Maine as one of the most talented boaters in the area, he’s now turning heads on a river board. Mike’s passion for the river extends beyond his own personal sending however. He is dedicated to the whitewater community and constantly brainstorming ideas, shooting video, and coming up with ways to promote the places he truly loves, the rivers of Maine. Mike has been an important person on my journey into the world of whitewater and his passion for the river shines when he’s leading you through the “meat piles.” Still not sure who this Mike McVey character is? Come on up to West Branch, spend a few a days, you’ll meet him. I hope Mike’s adventures will continue to take him to new places, around the world and back. Way to go buddy, get them meat piles and put Maine on the map! Mike McVey SENDS
Some of Mike’s kayaking is featured in “Mainely Boating.” He is also one of the principal cinematographers of the film.
This year was by far the most epic Huckfest ever. We had a helicopter… we had the demerbox… we had a rowdy time. HoverFlow showed up to shoot aerial footage and the guys at DemerBox brought a concept waterproof boombox. The crowd that came out this year was bigger than ever and we saw a multitude of watercraft run the falls. 4 rafts, a Duo, a couple Duckies, some OC1′ers a ton of kayakers and even an Anvil River Board. With only a few minor injuries this year things went pretty smooth. Check out this edit from Paul Friedman and look for more footage in the Maine Outdoor Film Festival.
Coming up this weekend is the first stop of the Send It, Whitewater Racing Series! Don’t miss out on a good time. Saturday is race day, followed by live music with SONIC PARADIGM, awards, beer specials and good times at The Marshalls in The Forks, Maine. Race day is followed by the infamous HUCKFEST on Sunday. Be there. Click the photo below for more info
We spent the morning whitewater kayaking at “Mitochondria,” one of the biggest waves in the state of Maine and the evening winding down at “Rumor Has It.” Mitochondria wave requires really high flows and comes in river left down stream of the infamous “Madison” wave. This video was shot at about 35k CFS dropping to about 33k. We think the wave might be more ideal at levels closer to 40k. Hopefully we’ll get the chance to find out over the next couple seasons. The end of the video was a fun evening session after we were all to tired to continue the big wave surfing and is the “Rumor Has It” wave on the Sandy River. Whitewater kayaking, especially playboating, is a blast in Maine.
Music by Archnemisis
Paul Friedman, local video boater for CrabApple Whitewater in The Forks, Maine has been creating a series of videos dubbed “The Forks.” This is the 4th installment in his series of small edits and provides an entertaining look into the life of a video boater. Paul spends his days shooting rafts on the Kennebec and Dead river, and his nights pouring drinks for the poor souls that spent the day swimming. When he’s lucky enough to have some time off he get’s to go boating. If you run into Paul on the river chances are you might end up in one of his films or be asked to hold a camera. Paul has some great new edits coming out, look him up on youtube: pfried89