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UPSTREAM - Film Premiere

UPSTREAM - Film Premiere

The events of the First Waves Johnstown program in July of 2018 imbued a sense of urgency and amplified passion for everyone in attendance.  A pollution event upstream of the program site resulted in water that was too tarnished to proceed with the paddleboarding and whitewater activities for local teens.  Students that wouldn’t otherwise have the means or opportunities to experience the river were on deck for their first paddling experiences.  Instead, they focused on the other aspect of the First Waves workshop – filmmaking.  They learned to document what they were experiencing and create a film that could influence others to take an interest in watershed conservation.  Their film, Upstream, does exactly that.

Surf Film Event with Patagonia Pittsburgh

Surf Film Event with Patagonia Pittsburgh

Attention Pittsburgh surfers, paddlers, water enthusiasts and adventurers - First Waves and SurfSUP Adventures will be partnering with Patagonia Pittsburgh as they host a Never Town Film Screening with professional surfer, Dan Ross, on Tuesday, October 23! There will be refreshments, food, raffles and more that will all benefit the First Waves program to engage underserved youth in river surfing, watershed conservation and filmmaking! We hope to see you all there!

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 FEATURED ON "PROUD PITTSBURGH"

FIRST WAVES FEATURED ON "PROUD PITTSBURGH"

WPXI’s, "Proud to be from Pittsburgh," is a program designed to highlight people who are doing good in our communities.”  SurfSUP Adventures and First Waves founder, Ian Smith, worked with Channel-11 News Anchor, Peggy Finnegan, to document a First Waves event on the Pittsburgh Riverfront for the segment earlier this year.