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Cumberland Falls Filming

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Short Video/Trip Report

Max and I loaded up Thursday afternoon and set a course for Kentucky. National Paddling Film Festival here we come. We had never been to the festival and a few weeks ago Juliet asked if we would like to represent Endless River Adventures at the event. We said we would be more than happy to and immediately hoped online to see where the festival was being held.  We also wanted to find the nearby whitewater.  My first association with a National Paddling Film Festival was that it would no doubt be held near great whitewater. To my surprise Frankfort, Kentucky did not have much whitewater to speak of and I started to wonder why a festival of this sort would be hosted in a location not known for it’s whitewater.

The Venue

That said we put boats on the car since we knew we’d pass by whitewater to get to Frankfort. And we knew the Russell Fork wasn’t too far away. We drove north to Jellico, TN. Stayed in Jellico Thursday night and headed 2 hours north to Frankfort on Friday. What Frankfort, Kentucky lacks in immediately accessible whitewater it more than makes up for in hospitality, bourbon, and a passionate group of paddlers!

Hanging out at the Festival.

Max happy to be in Kentucky.

Stir those three ingredients together, add the fact that the festival was hosted at a distillery and you have the perfect recipe for a host city of the National Paddling Film Festival, NPFF for short.


Enjoying the Festival

Friday festivities began with good food, good refreshments, a silent auction that had loads of cool paddling gear, a presentation by Leland Davis, and an endless number of whitewater kayaking videos. Max and I also had the opportunity to meet a lot of new faces. The paddling community is small, but if you travel around a bit you are bound to meet new cool people who share your love of water. The festivities moved on to the brick alley bar in downtown Frankfort and for those who enjoy a good time Kentucky is not lacking.


We woke up early and local paddler as well as extremely knowledgeable Kentuckian, John Lawson, was our host for the festival. We explored the river town that is Frankfort and ate breakfast at a local eatery, Ricks White Light Diner.  With all organic and I believe mostly local ingredients, we enjoyed a fantastic breakfast! I highly recommend eating there when you go to NPFF.

Breakfast at Ricks White Light Diner.

Back to Johns house, we grabbed our gear and headed to the local and beautiful class II Elkhorn creek for the race held every year as part of the festivities. With the creek being class I-II there was an amazing assortment of boats. Everything from playboats to old old fiberglass long boats and wild water boats, even a fair number of sea kayaks joined the party. The new Wavesport Ethos would be a great boat for this creek, just the right combination of strong whitewater performance with the drop down skeg for the abundant flatwater.

Post-race Scene.

That afternoon the festivities began in full swing and it was really a good time. That evening Rush Sturges gave a talk about how he began his whitewater career and offered an impressive amount of cool video for everyone’s whitewater fix, as well as a never before seen teaser for a new project he is working on. The other great thing is that a good bit of money was raised for American Whitewater. Which is awesome because those guys and gals work really hard to protect the rivers we all so love to paddle. Keep up the great work AW, we should all show them our support and then you won’t have to look at the pop up add every time you go to check gauges online!


In other news a Wavesport diesel 80 was raffled off at NPFF and the all festival goers played a giant game of rock, paper, scissors in which you could buy back in to the game and all the money went to American Whitewater. The boat was won by Mark Miller so keep an eye out for him in a green Wavesport Diesel 80 and be sure to tell him congrats on his rock, paper, scissors skills.


Endless River Adventures donated private instructions and a gift card to the silent auction. So for those of you who had the winning bid whoever you may be, we look forward to seeing you!


If you are on the fence about going to the National Paddling Film Festival I would recommend you fall off the fence and head running to the NPFF next year because we had a great time and you probably will too! If you go take Monday off so you can paddle the Russell Fork Sunday because there will surely be someone going.

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