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'Can I Surf That?' 

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‘The search for the perfect wave’ it’s a pursuit that’s been going strong since the 60’s. A fixation shared by those who believe there’s nothing sweeter in this world than the pulsing swells lifting you into a perfect chaos as you glide across the wave's glassy face. But is it possible that the perfect wave could be found far from the ocean? 

With the emergence of whitewater stand up paddle boarding and river surfing people are bringing their search inland. They’re watching the break from a river bank instead of a sandy beach, where rocks replace reefs, river flows replace tides, hike-ins instead of tow-ins, and the search for that perfect wave is as real within these rocky mountains and deep canyons as it is in a palm tree paradise. 

We are a group of women composed of hungry surfers and a creatively charged film crew fueled by our passion for these wild and wonderful rivers. Our obsession will soon become yours. You’ll live our adventure as we create new relationships with fellow surf advocates developing a new sense of global community through inland surfing. It’s our mission to introduce this original sport to the world. We are adding a new twist to a common surf film theme; seeking the new and untouched while rediscovering the old.

Who's Making the Film:

Heather Jackson 

Heather on the Colorado River, South Canyon Rapid
Heather on the Colorado River, South Canyon Rapid

I was raised on the outdoors and love for nature! There is nothing that could make me happier in this life than waking up to watch the sunrise and chasing down my next outdoor adventure. I am twenty-four, finishing a Film/Photography degree from MSU in Denver, CO. I have always found inspiration in movies, photographs and art. There is something about a visual image that has the power to transport you to a tangible emotion. My biggest hope is that my love for film and photography will take me all over the earth, in search of new and unfamiliar experiences. My goal for this film is to take our viewers into the heart of our journey, immersing you in our river lifestyle and all the passion that comes with it. My friendship with Brittany and Claire lead me to the amazing river SUP community I now call family. Being on the river is a soul expanding experience and I can't wait to share that with as many people as possible.

Heather Surfing Staircase wave in Buena Vista,CO
Heather Surfing Staircase wave in Buena Vista,CO

The Athletes:

Brittany Parker 

Brittany at her home in Carbondale
Brittany at her home in Carbondale

I grew up in a small Colorado town where lifted trucks, hunter orange, and rodeos reign. But you would always find me, feet planted, on some sort of board whether it be a snowboard, skateboard, or wakeboard. About five years ago I became a raft guide on the Colorado River, soon after I discovered SUP in Glenwood Springs, CO and instantly became obsessed!! Here's a sport that combined the two things I LOVE the most, boards and rivers. Badfish Stand Up Paddle soon got me hooked on river surfing and it quickly became my kryptonite. I'll drop just about everything and anything for a surf sesh, throw a good crew in and I'm there…it's a high I haven't been able to duplicate. I wanted to do this film because I want to show the world what life’s like through the eyes of a river surfer, the community that comes with it, and to help encourage and inspire others to get out on the water to see first-hand what all the fuss is about.

Brittany's Blog: http://bp-sups.tumblr.com/

Brittany Parker Surfing at the Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park. Photo by George Hendrix
Brittany Parker Surfing at the Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park. Photo by George Hendrix

 Claire Chappell

Claire at her home in Morrison, Colorado
Claire at her home in Morrison, Colorado

Growing up in Michigan I regularly told myself I would live at the beach as soon as I was able. Of course nothing goes as planned and I wound up a very happy mountain girl. I fell fast in love with the rivers of Colorado as a raft guide and very mediocre kayaker. In 2011, the wanna-be surfer in me had a second shot at the dream. I found SUP surfing. The rush I had when I stood on a small wave for the first time was like no other. I was hooked. Since then, every free weekend, every left over dollar has gone toward surfing trips. Traveling to surf great river waves has become an obsession and there is so much thought and energy that goes into these adventures. Snow melt, dam releases, rain storms, safety, having the right equipment, finding paddle buddies you trust, it all has to be considered. Then you drive hundreds of miles to hopefully surf this one incredible wave. Its tough and its rewarding as hell.

In surfing, there is inherent excitement and also soulfulness and peace that draws people in. Moving with the water. Being one with a wave. The public has been along for the ride on the oceans of the world for decades. Dozens of ocean surf movies have moved and inspired audiences. Its time to shed some light on the other side of surfing. I started this project with Brittany and Heather because I want to expose to the world the beauty, the intensity, the passion of surfing river waves.

Claire's Blog: tumblr.com/blog/clairechappell

Why Kickstarter?

Our attempts to gain financial momentum through sponsors within the industry were met with enthusiasm, words of encouragement, and support through free gear. Although the SUP industry is booming, whitewater stand up is still somewhat underground and financial backing is comprised of small sums. Here’s where you come in, we’re turning to kickstarter in hopes of gaining support through funding from those who are interested in viewing our adventure and being exposed to the sport of river surfing. We need your help to turn this vision into a reality.

Where Your Money Goes.

Our Goal is to raise $6,000. We have carefully calculated all of our expenses to make this film possible. We want to ensure that your money is sponsoring this project and this project only, and not our affinity for PBR. Below we’ve made a list of expenses to show where your acts of generosity are going.

*Licensing fees

 *Equipment 

*Permitting 

*Travel/Lodging 

*Editing/Production 

*Reward Fullfillment 

*Cost of Living (because surfing only pays in smiles, bruises, and sweet footage)

Risks and challenges

A great challenge we face with this project is timing and water levels. This project is based soley on reaching all these waves at the right time. That means following rain, snow run-off, dam releases, etc. If we don't have the water, we don't have the film. Luckily, with all the snowfall the key sates have received so far this year, the major waves we want to film WILL be in. We don't foresee water levels being an issue . The next challenge is timing. These waves are spread far apart and we have to hit most of them during peak run off which occurs almost simultaneously across the country. Each wave has a window of opportunity and its going to be up to us to chase each one down in a matter of a couple months.
But, we are confident that this is going to be an epic and long season of river surfing.

We also face the risk of injury or death, as with every extreme sport. Although we are all experienced paddlers and take every necessary safety precaution, accidents happen. Rivers are wild and if you let your guard down for a second they will chew you up and spit you out. The athletes will be sure to eat all their veggies and do lots of yoga to ensure they stay happy, healthy and prepared. In the unfortunate event that one athlete in the film does get injured, don't worry, we'll have others on scene to point the camera towards. Despite the risks we are so grateful you have chosen to support us and help make this dream a reality. Thank you sincerely.

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    I DON'T KNOW IF YOU'RE READY FOR THIS ONE! You're getting your very own signed by the crew custom 'River Surfer' Badfish Stand Up Paddle Board. Along with that we will give you a weekend of river surfing lessons to help you put that bad boy in action! You also get an automatic invite to our launch party plus one guest (food & beverages included). An associate producer credit, logo hoodie, logo t-shirt, copy of the dvd, behind the scenes footage, and the film soundtrack. (locations and dates to be determined, accommodation and transportation not included).

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    YOU'RE AWESOME AND I'M GOING TO GET THE TATTOO TO PROVE IT.
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