Documentary captures the history of whitewater adventure |

Documentary captures the history of whitewater adventure

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The history of whitewater paddling and adventure is a rather illustrious story.

That story has been captured in a documentary film that will be showing Saturday night at the Hotel Colorado.

The Call of the River ” A Hundred Years of Whitewater Adventure follows the sports through the decades and features some of the local enthusiasts and local rivers that have long been home to whitewater fun and adventure. The film features vintage canoeing and kayaking footage, in-depth interviews with some of the pioneers of the sport and captivating narrative, this documentary takes a behind-the-scenes look at what inspires paddlers.

According to the website, the film “chronicles the world of whitewater from its early beginnings in Europe through its position as a major outdoor sport in the world today. From the inaugural FIBArk race on Colorado’s Arkansas River in 1949, to Grumman Aviation entering the aluminum canoe business, the sport’s history is riddled with watershed moments, all of which have been painstakingly documented through more than 100 sources of footage spanning 80 years of history.

Learn how paddling exploded in the 1970s, spurred by the movie Deliverance, slalom’s inclusion in the 1972 Augsburg Olympics, and the advent of nearly “indestructible plastic kayaks.”

Today nearly 16 million Americans participate in some sort of whitewater paddling annually.

The film costs $5 and starts at 7 p.m.

All proceeds benefit the Glenwood Whitewater Park.

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