Aquabatics 6th Annual Kayak Film Competition - 2016

Words By:Simon Coward

The time of year has come again that we start to cast our minds to winter sports and to saying goodbye to long summer days and time on the river.  However, the upside to that is our annual film competition and season social event is coming up.  We really hope you can join us on October 27th at Schanks NW for this super fun event.  The event will kick off around 7pm, there is great food and drink available and, kids under 18 are welcome until 9pm.

This year we have 3 different categories that you can enter in:

  1. The full meal deal, a 5 minute or less kayak film.  It can be full of super gnarly boating, or, (and often most popular) your own creative spin on what a kayaking film should be about.  Please follow this link for submission details
  2. Our newly instituted photo comp (in 2015).  To enter this simply post your picture on the event facebook page.  We will mash them into a slideshow, and, will show it at the event.  A number of winners will be picked and prizes given.  You can upload your pictures here.  There is a maximum of 5 photos per person.  This is the easiest way to get involved in this event, so get those pics up there!
  3. NEW for 2016, we are going to do a FUNBOATING video clip competition.  All you need to do is send me (Simon) a 5 to 10 second clip of you doing something that resembles playboating.  Could be horrid windowshades, paddle spins, peace signs, loops or other freestyle moves.  We will do a mash up of these and the winners will bu judged by the most stoked crowd response.  So, simply get that short clip, email it to me at and you are entered!

Tickets are available for purchase online here at the pre-buy rate ($5), tickets will also be available at the door for $10 on the night.

As always we want to acknowledge the amazing sponsors that continue to support this, and many other local paddling events.  For 2016 we again have on board NRS, Dagger, Kokatat and Werner, all contributing some pretty legit prizes to our little film comp.  The prizes for this year are as follows:

  1. DRAW PRIZE FOR ALL FULL FILM ENTRIES:  Choice of any Dagger Whitewater Kayak to be delivered December 2016.  Value $1300 - $1450
  2. KOKATAT:  An Idol 2 piece Drysuit of the winners choice.  Value $1300 - $1400
  3. WERNER:  A Performance core whitewater paddle of the winners choice.  Value $550 - $650
  4. NRS:  2 x $250 NRS shopping sprees through Aquabatics Calgary.  Value 2 x $250
  5. AQUABATICS CALGARY:  Gift cards of varying amounts.

All entrants in the full film category win a prize, there will be a limited number of draw prizes and, we are planning on a raffle to help raise money for slalom gates at the new Harvey Passage setup on the Bow River.  More details to come on that soon.

So, we hope you will join us, and also hope you find inspiration to enter.  The more entries the merrier, and the more paddlers who join us on the night, the more fun it'll be.

A few past entries below to check out for inspiration! 

Still Aint Rich - Zac Ruttiman Costa Rica - Jason Gunthorpe


Kayak Mario Bros - Krista Hughes What Makes You Itch - Dave Crerar

Cheers and let us know if you have any questions.