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.
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.
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.
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
At 7pm tonight in the Unity College Performing Arts Center, Unity Maine, there will be a re-screening of the Maine Outdoor Film Festival. The first screening was hosted in the field at Three Rivers Whitewater in the Forks Maine this past summer. If you couldn’t make it come to Unity tonight and check out the films. Mainely Boating will be playing again on the big screen and you can check it out online here! See you tonight!
In 2011 Chuck Mathieu came up with the idea for Huckfest. Taking advantage of scheduled releases, something Maine is privileged to have, Chuck threw himself a birthday party. In true Chuck fassion it involved the river and big sending. The stage was Grand Falls of the Dead River, roughly a 35-40 foot waterfall with spectacular views and ideal layout for the Huckfest.
The original Chuckfest was attended by 9 whitewater kayakers and a small crowd of spectators, mostly raft guides and local bartenders with the day off. As all good whitewater boaters in The Forks do, we gathered at the Marshalls the night before and talked lines over some refreshing beers and amazing food.
We put together a shoddy video of the first gathering and in 2012 tried to spread the word as best we could. The result was huge, with nearly 30 whitewater kayakers running the falls and a raft first descent. Not to mention the insane crowd of spectators that cheered everyone on.
In 2013 the shenanigans continue… This year the Huckfest is the day following the K-BOMB, a whitewater kayak race on the Kennebec River. There will be live music the night before at the K-BOMB after party and many a boater in town. Come join us for all the fun, you’re not going to want to miss this one.
Here’s a short edit of the “Madison Wave,” one of Maine’s many hidden gems. Madison is well known amongst the boating community here in Maine and attracts whitewater kayakers from all parts of the state when its in. Madison generally runs after heavy rains or in spring. Ideal flows are around or just above 17,000 CFS on the Kennebec River at Madison USGS gauge. This video was filmed at slightly higher than ideal flows making the wave a little less retentive than usual.
A little over two years ago “Huckfest” was born, the idea came from one of Maine’s diehard boaters, Chuck Mathieu. At the time, I didn’t know nearly the number of paddlers in Maine that I do now and it was the Huckfest that connected me with fellas like Jeremy Cass. I pulled some strings and scored the day off with the intention of filming these crazy hooligans running Grand Falls. At the first Huckfest 9 paddlers showed up, beverages were enjoyed the night before at Marshalls and the following day all 9 paddlers sent the falls. That day marked the beginning of my desire to expose Maine whitewater through media. This year the game stepped up with something like 23 paddlers running the falls and the first ever R2 raft decent by Ryan Waterhouse and Ryan Thompson. We also stepped it up on the media side, with 3 cameras and multiple GoPro’s covering the event. If you haven’t already seen it, check out the film from the first ever Huckfest:
There were a handful of spectators the first year as well, mostly local raft guides and bar tenders that had the day off. However this past season, the second season of Huckfest, saw a huge increase in spectators and everyone really got the boaters fired up! This short edit below is from this years Huckfest, however we have yet to release some spectacular footage that will be part of a bigger project in the works. Chuck’s idea has grown, and will continue to do so!
My friend Ryan (Spose) has been rapping in Maine for quite some time. You might know him from his hit single “I’m Awesome.” When people mention Spose I think back to the days of the UMF Ski Industries Club and the Spose concerts we hosted in a small room in the back of the student center before anyone outside of Wells, ME knew who the dude was. He’s come a long ways since those days and is looking for some community support to keep his dream alive. Check out his project on KICKSTARTER and this video I threw together to one of his newer tracks!