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Tonight’s the Night!!

March 19, 2015

Tonight is the night for the Dayton screening of the Reel Paddling Film Festival World Tour.  Tom Helbig and I will be at The Neon to host along with all our sponsors and friends! Show starts at 7:30. We have all kinds of fun planned for tonight. “Tomfoolery” if you will 😉 (wink wink). Until 2:00pm tickets are available online for a discounted rate. If you can’t get to it, DON’T WORRY, we’ll have tickets at the door. 


Canoecopia by the Numbers

March 19, 2015

We traveled to Madison, Wisconsin this past weekend to the World’s Largest Paddlesports Show – hosted by Rutabaga Paddlesports at The Alliant Energy Center. Here’s my recap of Canoecopia 2015 “by the numbers”

12– number of presentations we attended. The presentations are one of the best parts of Canoecopia. Where else can you hear a talk by a world renown authority on wolves and moose, a sea kayaker from Wales who paddled the length of the Aleutian chain, the most published canoeing/camping writer of this century, and two adventurers who traced the paddlestrokes of Teddy Roosevelt down a wild river in Brazil IN THE SAME DAY?!?! Only at Canoecopia. Love it!


Alec and Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin


Amy and Dave Freeman #savetheBWCA

15 – The percentage of savings that was offered on almost every item in the exhibit hall. From canoes to life jackets, to tents and hammocks, axes, packs etc. You name it – they had it – and all discounted! So cool to be able to see all the latest equipment.


Part of the exhibit floor at Canoecopia


Big crowd out for the Aluminum Chef competiton

– This year was the 5th time we have attended Canoecopia and it keeps getting better. We drove up on Friday and arrived in time to walk in at 4:00pm when the show opened. We took in 4 talks and spent an hour in the exhibit hall. Saturday was a full day where we attended 7 more presentations and spent more time shopping and learning on the show floor.
0 – the amount of money I paid at the Princeton Tec booth to get the part necessary to repair my broken headlight. These guys stand behind their product!

30 – As in the release of the 30th anniversary of Cliff Jacobson’s book “Canoeing Wild Rivers” Long considered the premier text for wilderness canoeing and camping, the new full color edition has been heavily revised and expanded. At Canoecopia, not only can you hear Cliff Jacobson share his wisdom in his multiple presentations, but you can meet him, talk to him and get him to autograph your copy of his new book!

The Legendary Cliff Jacobson

1 – dollar… as in… the smallest amount each purchaser had the opportunity to donate to the Josh Kestelman Scholarship Fund. I’m sure many donated more. Josh was an instructor for Rutabaga Outdoor Programs and his passion was introducing kids to canoeing and kayaking. His life was cut tragically short by cancer. The fund is used to pay for scholarships for kids to participate in paddling programs.


Great weekend – Great show – Thanks Rutabaga. We’ll be back!

List of Films for Dayton Screening of Reel Paddling Film Festival World Tour

March 10, 2015

We have previewed all of the award winning films and the short listed films from the Reel Paddling Film Festival World Tour. We have selected the 9 very best films for the Dayton screening. Over the next 9 days we will be posting the trailer from one of the films on our Facebook page.

Here is the list of films we will be showing at our event on March 19 at The Neon in Dayton

  • Whitewater Mexico
  • Kayak Fishing Lake Guntersville
  • We Belong to it
  • Outriggers and SUP in Tahiti
  • DamNation
  • The Grand Canyon of the Stikine
  • Andørja World Record Expedition
  • A Paddler’s Pilgrimage
  • Delta Dawn

Tickets are still available by clicking on the link to the upper right of this page. Buying tickets in advance will save you $5 per ticket

Reel Paddling Film Festival coming to Dayton Ohio March 19

February 9, 2015

We have finalized the details for the 2015 presentation of the World Tour of the Reel Paddling Film Festival.  We are excited to announce that The Neon Theater at 130 East 5th St will be the venue again this year.

Click here to watch the RPFF trailer 

Click on the button below to buy tickets in advance and save $5 per ticket


Reel Paddling Film Festival returning to Dayton

December 17, 2014

We’re in the final stages of determining a date for the 2015 Reel Paddling Film Festival.

Keep an eye here for the date and time.


Park and Play

May 4, 2014

We stopped by the Buck Creek Whitewater feature (Snyder Park, Springfield Ohio) to see what was going on. We discovered a whitewater kayak class from Wittenberg University.

20140504-151423.jpg It’s fun to see the “Park and Play” Feature being used for it’s intended purpose.

20140504-151653.jpgBeautiful day for kayaking. Unless, of course you go for a swim and aren’t dressed for the water temperature like young lady in this photo below!

Oooh… CHILLY!!!
More photos below






April 26, 2014


The Dayton screening of the Reel Paddling Film Festival World Tour was a BLAST! We had a nice crowd of over 80 paddling enthusiaists.


A larger crowd than we’ve ever had before for a Miami Valley screening.


The Neon theater was a terrific venue for the festival. The staff and facilities were so warm and welcoming.


Tom Helbig and Cliff Fawcett served as hosts for the evening. Everyone seemed to have a good time.


A big thank you goes out to the sponsors of the Reel Paddling Film Festival World Tour: Kokatat, American Canoe Association, Delta kayaks, Old Town, Ontario tourism, Werner, Petawawa, Thompson Rivers University

Locally, the RPFF was brought to Dayton by Columbus Outdoor Pursuits, Bonbright Distributors, Adventures on the Great Miami, Massie Creek Paddlers and Tomfoolery outdoors. 

Proceeds from the film festival will be donated to the Miami Valley paddling project of The Adaptive Adventure Sports Coalition