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Paddle On

by John Ward

MSU’s new kayaking club brings a film festival to Bozeman. 

The Whitewater Kayak Club at MSU, with help from the Wave Train Kayak Team and the Gallatin Whitewater Festival, is bringing the Paddling Film Festival to the Rialto in downtown Bozeman.

This spring is the Whitewater Kayak Club’s first semester; it serves as a resource for students to participate in the whitewater community, whether they’re just joining the sport or are experienced and are looking for a good group to get out with.  So far, they’ve been attending roll sessions and have their first trip coming up at the beginning of April, where they’ll join the University of Montana Kayak Club on the Lochsa River in Idaho. Hosting the Paddling Film Fest in Bozeman is their way to make a splash, get involved in the community, and raise money for future whitewater trips.

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The festival is an international adventure film tour which showcases the best paddlesports films of the year. From whitewater to paddleboarding to kayak fishing, the Paddling Film Festival has it all. It starts with submissions from filmmakers across the globe. This year there were over 190 submissions, and the Festival shows the best of the best.

Here’s a look at some of the films this year:

Doors open at 6pm on the evening of April 25th, and the show kicks off at 7. Tickets can be found online, and are also available at the Barn and Joe’s Parkway.

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If you’re interested in joining the club, or just want to stay up to date, join their Facebook group: Whitewater Kayak Club at MSU. Or shoot an email over to montanawhitewaterclub@gmail.com.