THE OUTRIGGER FILM
A cinematic journey about outrigger canoe racing, a connection to the ocean and community, the Ohana.
THE OUTRIGGER FILM
A cinematic journey about outrigger canoe racing, a connection to the ocean and community, the Ohana.
T H E S T O R Y :
THE OUTRIGGER is a documentary about how people find meaning in their lives through a connection to the ocean, the power of sports and being part of a community, the Ohana. Lifetime athlete and narrator, John Skorstad shares his wisdom and thoughts on how the sport serves as an inspiration for our lives. He is joined by five seasoned paddlers from the Dana Outrigger Canoe Club, based in Southern California.
We will follow the athletes to distant, unfamiliar waters of the Pacific Ocean and watch them battle through powerful waves. The team will visit Polynesian islands and show how people from around the world are connected by a common thread, outrigger paddling. The poetic narration and cinematic imagery will take you on an epic journey like no other paddling film has done before.
T H E A T H L E T E S :
JOHN SKORSTAD, Narrator. John is a lifetime athlete who has excelled at some of the most difficult sports a person can do. He was a competitive triathlete, ranked 15th in the United States for sprint distance. He has completed multiple Hawaiian Ironman competitions. He is a diver, sailor, skier, swimmer and an outrigger paddler. Currently, John is a novice coach and obsessive paddler at the Dana Outrigger Canoe Club in Southern California. He has raced in Hawaii, South America and regions of the United States. He will be representing the U.S. in the 2019 World Championship in Australia.
John’s philosophy on life is inspiring. He emphasizes the importance of winning as a team, having a positive attitude and being humble. His words speak volumes. He talks about how outrigger paddling is not just a sport, but a way of being part of something bigger than yourself. It’s about the Ohana, working together as a team and how it becomes a part of your life.
John has spent a life of service to others. He was a Lifeguard for 20 years in Los Angeles County. Then, a Firefighter and Paramedic for 30 years in the City of Santa Monica. He is the father of two daughters.
DAVE BROZOWSKI is a California native, born and raised to be in the water. In the last two years, he has coached the novice paddlers for Dana Outrigger Canoe Club. When he is not working with United Brotherhood of Carpenter’s and Joiners of America rebuilding LAX, he is “killing it” in the water with OC1, Surfski and OC6. His paddle has taken him around the world to the waters of Hawaii, Kauai, Maui, Chile, Peru, Canada, Oregon, Washington, Arizona and California.
BILLY KHO is a retired Firefighter from the Torrance Fire Department. He is currently a Senior Fire Inspector for Bureau Veritas. He has lived in Southern California for the past 52 years. Billy is a true waterman. He’s always in the ocean, surfing, fishing, diving, boating and outrigger canoe paddling. He has participated several Catalina Championships Crossings 3x standup, 4x 6man, 1x OC1 relay, SCORA Winter series for 12 years, 7 standup racing and 5 years OC1, Gorge Downwind Championships’ 2016, 2017, 2018, Catalina Buffalo Relay 2018 and many Maui downwinders.
Billy was introduced to outrigger canoe paddling through his oldest daughter when she started paddling Keiki. He attended the races alongside her and was drawn to the family style paddling events on the beaches. It reminded him of watching the regatta races with his family when they would do their annual trips to Hawaii. Since he was attending the events anyway, he thought he might as well give it a try. The following season he did and has never looked back. He was hooked in his novice year when he and fellow paddlers won every race that season.
“Through the years I have really enjoyed the sense of Ohana that this sport represents. The paddling community is very special, it is tight and transcends all genders and ages. It has become the fountain of youth for most of us.” - Billy
GERALD "G" MONTES Raised in Hawaii now residing in Laguna Beach, California. He has a passion for cooking and when not paddling he is a successful restaurateur running their restaurant American Grub in Old Town Tustin, California www.americangrub.net. His paddling pedigree includes: Dana Outrigger CC, Hui Nalu CC, Moloka’i Hoe, Queen Lili'uokalani, Kona, NaPali Challenge, Kauai, South America Cup, Peru, Catalina Crossing, Wild Buffalo Relay, and Gorge Downwind Championships.
RAY OWEN is a native of Hawaii and a graduate of Kailua High School (Oahu). He has a B.S. in Biology from Willamette University in Oregon and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Hawaii. Ray started paddling in high school and paddled for both Kailua Canoe Club and Lanikai Canoe Club. He is an avid outdoors enthusiast living in Southern California. In addition to his paddling resume which includes Molokai, multiple Catalina crossings, Napali, Monterey, Peru South American Championships, and too many long distance and Iron-man races to name, Ray has been backpacking and orienting in the Western United States for 25 years. Most recently, Ray completed the John Muir Trail covering 240 miles, 12 passes, and 47,000 feet of elevation change; starting at Yosemite Valley and ending at Whitney Portal in the Eastern Sierra. When not swimming with the sharks in the Pacific or howling at the moon in the Sierra, Ray soothes his inner beast as a musician in a popular Southern California classic rock and blues tribute band.
BRYAN PESARTIC is an athlete whose life involves many aspects of sports. He is a Sports Massage Therapist for 21 years working with professional and amateur athletes. He has a paddling family. He is married with two kids. He and his son are both members of the Dana Outrigger Canoe Club. Bryan’s paddling has taken him to Peru, Chile, Argentina, New Zealand, Hawaii, Tahiti and Rapa Nui.
R E W A R D S :
This film is unique and different than other films about outrigger paddling. That's why we created original artwork exclusively for The Outrigger film project. If you love the ocean as much as we do, then we hope you will love the ocean inspired artwork that was created by designer Ginger Cho. She has custom designed the thank you cards, hats, t-shirts, film poster, the one-of-a-kind paddling book Hike! Ho! The Novice Guide to Paddling and the black & white, fine art photography coffee table book.
Take a look at the rewards below. We hope you will like them as much as we do.
HAT: Custom designed logo art, inspired by the topography of the ocean. The hats are made with a mesh back and adjustable, plastic snap closure.
T-SHIRTS: Custom designed t-shirts, inspired by the ocean, the athletes and the action of the sport. You can choose from three different designs. The t-shirts are made from 100% cotton. Available in unisex sizes for adults.
FILM POSTER: Unique, poster design that features The Outrigger film steersman in action, doing what he does best. The poster will be signed by the paddlers in the film.
HIKE! HO! THE NOVICE GUIDE TO PADDLING BOOK: Ginger is collaborating with John Skorstad to create the one-of-a-kind paddling book, Hike! Ho! The Novice Guide to Paddling. This pocket size, survival book will be filled with anecdotal information and facts from the coaches at DOCC that is sure to make you smile. Sample facts includes:
Lesson 7: There is no crying in outrigging. Lesson 16: Timing, timing, timing! Lesson 18: No one knows as much as a second year paddler. Lesson 21: Remember - we are drinking team with a paddling problem.
FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK: This exclusive book includes dramatic, black and white photographs from California and Hawaii, created by the Director and Photographer Scott Council, specifically for The Outrigger film project.
WALL ART: Limited edition, framed fine art photography prints for the Art Lovers Package pledges. The photos were taken by Director and Photographer Scott Council, exclusively for The Outrigger film project. You can choose from ten different photos. The prints are available in 14x11 and 20x16 inch sizes.
PADDLES FROM PUAKEA: We are proud and grateful to have the support of Puakea Designs for our project. As a reward, we offering one paddle from the models listed below for the Puakea says Paddles Up! pledge.
“ I want to do anything that helps move the sport forward and if your film does that then I want to help you out.”- Johnny Puakea
As the founder of Puakea Designs, John is an internationally sought after canoe builder as well as a championship winning paddler and coach whose career as a canoe innovator and promoter has evolved with the expanding paddling sports market. He is born from paddling culture and lineage. John's father, Bobby Puakea, is a beloved coach, renowned wooden canoe builder and Puakea Foundation founder. John is always evolving paddling performance through his coaching, canoes and paddles. His knowledge of paddling, body mechanics and boat building has evolved into what is now Puakea Designs.
KE KAI ORGANIC: We are proud and grateful to have the support of Ke Kai Organic for our project. Ke Kai Organic is a company that embodies some of the best values that we associate with Hawaiian culture. It’s a product that was created out of love for the ocean, family and Aloha.
Founder Peter Shin is born and raised in Hawaii. The ocean has always been a big part of his life. He grew up surfing, diving, fishing and all sorts of other activities that revolve around the ocean. As an adult, these activities inspired him to focus his energy to bringing awareness and conservation to the ocean. This is what lead him to create the organic sunscreen line, Ke Kai, which means “the ocean.” His product line only uses organic, no GMO and reef safe ingredients to help prevent the damaging effect of the sun.
To learn more about Ke Kai, visit https://www.kekaiorganic.com/
THE FILMMAKER & TEAM :
SCOTT COUNCIL, Director & Editor. Scott is a portrait photographer and director. Over the last 17 years, he has photographed influential people in culture from actors, comedians, musicians, athletes to artists, directors, writers, scientists and workers for magazines and advertising clients around the world. He has photographed icons such as Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Lebron James, Kevin Durant, Will Smith, Michael Shannon, Alexander Skarsgård, Betty White, Ronda Rousey, Conor McGregor, Travis Pastrana, Tiger Woods, Ridley Scott, Werner Herzog and Elon Musk. His passion is to capture powerful portraits and tell stories about the human experience — and what brings meaning to people’s lives. Scott has now caught the bug of paddling. He joined the Dana Outrigger Canoe team in Southern California. To see Scott's work and learn more about him, visit https://www.scottcouncil.com
NOAH ALANI, Cinematographer. From 2009 to 2015, Noah was the full-time video content creator for professional surfer Kolohe Andino. He worked closely with brands like Hurley, Red Bull, Target and Nike to capture and provide video content of Kolohe and other brand sponsored athletes. Noah was the Director of Photography for the Surfer Poll nominated Kolohe Andino bio-pic Brother. He also contributed footage to award winning films and series such as View From A Blue Moon, Lost Atlas and Twelve. In 2015 Noah was invited to participate in the prestigious REDirect “Surf” film competition put on by RED Digital Films. To learn more about Noah, visit https://alani.media
JON TULL, Composer. Jon is the talented and insightful composer who created the original music and sound design for the 4 minute The Outrigger piece. He specializes in creating original music for television, motion picture, advertising campaigns, video games, the concert stage and commercial spaces. Since late 2015, Jon has worked on over forty projects including commercial documentaries, narratives, trailers, experimental film and pilots. Jon’s original music appears in shows on Netflix, HBO and Bravo. When not writing music, Jon purses his interest in session work, studying Chamber music with his peeps and recording solo virtuosic classical works. To learn more about Jon and listen to his music, visit http://www.pianoshop.la/
GINGER CHO, Art Director, Designer, Assistant Producer. Ginger is a freelance creative director working in advertising and marketing. She graduated from Art Center College of Design with a Masters Degree in Media Design. Her specialty is providing modern, high-end art direction, graphic design and branding for print and digital. She's worked at advertising and branding agencies, such as Deutsch, Saatchi & Saatchi, RPA, TBWA Chiat Day, Williams NY, Seventh Art, The Voyager Group, Hamon & Associates, and Media Arts Lab. Her clients in LA and NY include Toyota, Acura, Nissan, Infiniti, Hyundai, Saab, Brandmark Collective, Ralph Lauren, and St John Knits. To see Ginger's work, visit https://gingercho.com
Ginger has created and designed the one-of-a-kind book Hike! Ho! The Novice Guide to Paddling, The Outrigger fine art book, t-shirts, hats and all the marketing materials for The Outrigger film project. Her contribution to making this project a reality has been instrumental.
T I M E L I N E :
- July 5th: Kickstarter launch
- September 3rd: Kickstarter ends
- September: Preproduction, finalizing script and story, start filming the interviews with the athletes, filming the Catalina crossing
- October thru November: Filming in Hawaii, complete principle photography
- November: Start color grading, begin first rough cut of the film
- December thru January: Film editing
- February 2020: Sound design and music
- April 2020: Film release
WHY WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT :
This film will not only take you on the journey of the paddlers but will also show people who don't paddle something they haven't seen before. It's an opportunity to share the paddling experience. With crowdfunding, the audience takes over for the studio. It allows us to make a film for the people by the people.
We feel that it is important to tell stories about subcultures around the world that may go unnoticed. By telling these stories, we broaden the human narrative and allow people to connect and experience each others lives.
Risks and challenges
The most common risks and challenges will be production and weather. The production issues in Hawaii are easily overcome because the paddlers in the film and people associated with the film have family and friends that want to help us out. Hawaii is an easy place to get lighting equipment, cameras, helicopters, boats and outriggers. As far as the weather goes, they are predicting hurricane this season so we will have to be ready to delay shooting. We will be prepared. I don’t see any major problems in making a great film. Our risks and challenges are normal to most film productions.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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