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The Allegheny Front Features First Waves

The Allegheny Front Features First Waves

When it comes to reporting on environmental topics in Western Pennsylvania, the Allegheny Front radio show is the frontrunner.  Naturally, we were ecstatic when digital editor, Andy Kubis, came to cover a First Waves river surfing and filmmaking workshop last July.  What she witnessed, however, was a foreboding account of why watershed protection is so vital.  As the river turned black before our eyes, there was only one thing for us to do – document the event to instill the urgency of action needed.

2018 Ignites with Envision Blind Sports

2018 Ignites with Envision Blind Sports

With spring looming in its awkward stage, "invigorating" water temperatures, and a reclusive sun - it was up to the participants and volunteers from Envision Blind Sports to set the tone for the kick-off paddleboarding adventure of 2018! 

First Waves at 5Point Film Festival Pittsburgh

First Waves at 5Point Film Festival Pittsburgh

There’s something about outdoor film festivals that makes you question what you’re capable of.  The combination of immaculately captured places, harrowing adventures, and a cast of characters only conjured by sports involving leaps from cliffs, vertical climbs, or skate boards hurdling down mountain roads at 70-mph.  But why are these festivals so moving? 

FIRST WAVES STRIKE USS REQUIN

FIRST WAVES STRIKE USS REQUIN

The USS Requin is a floating museum of World War II era technology along the Carnegie Science Center on Pittsburgh’s North Shore.  While educating and enchanting hundreds of thousands of visitors about the life and science aboard a submarine, the ship often helps divulge a more sinister story about Pittsburgh’s waterways.  

Paddleboarding for Visually Impaired Youth

Paddleboarding for Visually Impaired Youth

At First Waves, we have been dealt the opportunity to work with amazing partners and volunteers. The latest project in conjunction with VIP Sports was one of the most memorable.  By working with Slippery Rock University volunteers and VIP Sports instructors, we were able to provide a standup paddleboarding experience to more than 60 youth participants that were blind or semi-blind. Here's a short film documenting the training process and the event itself! Enjoy!