I remember back in the day, when the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour would pack the 800-seat Campbell Hall at UCSB for a night every year.  The films on skilling, surfing, snowboarding and anything outdoors were wildly popular.  These days, that popularity has gotten so high, now it has moved to the 2000-seat Arlington Theatre and covers two whole nights!  In its 26th year, the “Banff” continues to marvel.

Beginning tonight at 7:30, the tour continues through Wednesday.   Below, are the synopsis of each film, but I don’t think anyone has to read further if they watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=8&v=UFaGgxGsdbY

Leading off the Tuesday lineup is Malcom Sangster’s four-minute short about Summer solstice in Western Canada, followed by Jordan Manley’s 12-minute skiing film “Iran: A Skier’s Journey”.  Next is “Ace and the Desert Dog”, a nine-minute movie by Brendan Leonard of Semi-Rad Media about adventure photographer Ace Kvale and his dog, Genghis Khan, who together et out on a 60-day trek into Utah’s canyon country, followed by the Australian film “Doing it Scared” (directed by Catherine Pettman), a story about climber Paul Pritchard’s re-attempt to climb the Totem Pole after an incident there that left him partially paralyzed.   The crowd pleasing 30-minute “Four Mums in a Boat” (Simon Tucker director), a story about four middle-aged working mums attempt to row the Atlantic Ocean against their families’ wishes, wraps up the first part of Day One.

Following an intermission, Sangster returns with another film “The Great Siberian Traverse”-a movie about a 1,200 kilometer ski journey through Russia.   Kelly Milner’s “SHIFT”, a 28-minute movie about a Canadian indigenous community’s efforts to transform itself into a mountain bike destination.  The night ends with Danny MacAskill’s six-minute short “Wee Day Out”, a Stu Thomson directed film.

The second night, which also begins at 7:30 p.m. and lasts two hours, starts off with DreamRide, a five minute short by Lacy Kemp (producer) and Ryan Gibb (director) about a magical mountain biking trail adventure unlike any other.  Americans Andy Mann and Keith Ladzinski follow up with “Poumaka”-an attempt on the elusive Poumaka Tower in French Polynesia.  Rounding out Wednesday’s first act is Nicholas Edwards 46-minute “Sea Gypsies: The Far Side of the World”-a story of a 120-foot hand built sailing ketch built by a community of wanderers to cross 12,800 kilometers of Pacific Ocean from New Zealand to Patagonia…with a stop in Anarctica on the way.

After the intermission, the seven-minute short “Ruin and Rose” (USA, Ben Sturgulewski) about free skiers finding epic powder in Whistler and Alaska.  Fellow American filmmaker Ryan Peterson is next with “The Super Salmon” – a 25-minute film on the opposition to building a hydroelectric mega-dam on Alaska’s Susitna River.  Kale Casey and Jordan Schevene’s “Dog Power” focuses on the special bond between athlete dogs and their humans.  Closing out the Tour is Metronomic, a French film directed by Vladimir Cellier and the symbiosis of high level balancing athletes.

The cost for each night is $20 for the general public, and $14 for UCSB students and those under 18 (high school ID is required).  To get tickets, go through https://artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu/Details.aspx?PerfNum=3606 , or simply go to the Arlington Theatre box office in person.

UCSB Snow Team On the Move

Perhaps in the future, we may see someone from the UCSB Snow Team program a movie into Banff, but right now they are busy doing battle in the round of 16 of the Red Bull Bracket Reel (www.redbullbracketreel.com) competition this month.  After starting among 35 teams, the local skiing and snowboarding team has made it to the next round of the video creating contest –  an urban setting called Night Class which ends on March 3. In this round, the group will be seeking out jumps and rails within a city setting while competing against one of the other remaining schools in an online vote-earning video contest. If they survive this round, which includes online input as well as judgment from two Red Bull sponsored athletes, they move onto the final eight schools who will then vie for the title on March 24.  The reward for being the last team standing is a heli-skiiing trip to Alaska.

The UCSB Snow Team consists of Clayton Tom, Devon Proctor, Matt Hourigan, Gustav “Goose” Bergman, Ryan Lawrence, Patrick Sweeney, and Mateo Delucchi.  To view their film and vote, click on the link here: http://redbullbracketreel.com/snow-2017/teams/116 .


Matt Organista won the Carpinteria Winter Warmup 5k in a time of 18 minutes and 27 seconds.  Fourteen-year-old Joseph Pearlman was second in 19:15 while Scott Lund took third in 19:26. Rounding out the top five were Nash Jimenez (20:02) and Nicholas Dietrich (20:39).

Tabittha Elwood placed sixth overall en route to winning the women’s division in 20:45. While runner-up Desa Mandarino placed eighth overall (21:02), Jackie Cohen (22:01) was third, Debbie Nack (22:12), and Kimberly Hazard (22:24) rounded out the top five of a race that had 108 finishers.

In the February 5 Super Bowl 4-Miler, Matt Ison took the overall win in 20:59.  Geoff Hull was second in 21:24 and Eric Moniot (22:23) was third.  Dani Moreno placed fourth overall (22:40) while winning the women’s event while Elizabeth Smith (27:00) and Erin Frizzell (27:04) made it on the winner’s podium.

Lately, I have been fascinated with a website called marathoninvestigation.com.  An article on Facebook about a woman who was disqualified from finishing second in the Fort Lauderdale Half Marathon piqued my curiosity.  Apparently, the woman who is a health blogger for the Huffington Post and other publications, ran just over 11 ½ miles of the 13.1-mile race before crossing the finish line in 1:21:46.  A good time yes, but nothing remarkable…until you look at her first 10k splits were 7:09 per minute pace and an astounding 5:25 per mile in the last 11k.  What was interesting was that she not only denied any wrongdoing, but enlisted the help of others to back her up.  But a gentleman named Derek Murphy, who runs a website looking into questionable performances, started doing some investigations and found numerous discrepancies, including the fact that she reposted on her Strava account that she later went back on the course to do it again…on a bicycle.  After initially denying this, the woman later came clean somewhat.  Here is a link to this story:

http://www.marathoninvestigation.com/2017/02/runner-disqualified-after-claiming-2nd.html .

January 30, 2017



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