This summer, in Colorado, I took some time off from competing and filmed adocumentary with Rush Sturges, Dave Fusilli, and Capo Rettig on Oh Be Joyful Creek! We had three and a half days of filming, so we got to Crested Butte the night before and in the morning headed, up to scout our shoot locations and lines. It had been cold and snowing up there for quite a few days so the creek was really low. As we hiked up, we were able to get a lot of filler shots (mostly us just making funny hand motions pretending we were scouting) and get a better understanding of what the film crew wanted. After looking at almost all of the creek, we decide to do one quick run and then do more laps on it the next day, so we went back down to the takeout geared up, grabbed our boats, and started the mile and a half steep uphill walk to the put-in (we got an extra workout walking back and forth in certain spots to get footage). .
Once we arrived at the put-in, we scouted the first drop, a ten foot boof with a crazy small spot to land called Heart Attack (the name fits, seriously I'm glad I'm young). After the first drop, we had some small slides that led into a really fun 6 ft boof, followed by some more small slides. We then got to the biggest drop, the 25 footer. It had a shallow lead in, with the drop starting on a bend, and a lot of rocks at the bottom. I was pretty sketched out by it, so I decided to walk it the first day. After I watched Rush, Dave, and Capo style the line, I was feeling a little more confident about running it the next day, and I was really excited for the massive slides bellow us.
Day 2 consisted of a lot of “making of a documentary” shots involving our cars crossing creeks, getting dressed and undressed, and more filming on the river. We actually drove up to another creek and paddled down to its confluence with OBJ and continued getting more shots on the slides and various rapids, boofs and drops.
Day 3 of filming, we woke up early and started the day off with laps on the bottom three slides which were all over 100ft long with sick boofs at the end! We ran this section over and over to get the perfect shots, and had a blast with each other in the process. Finally, to end the day, we hiked up to the waterfall, did some behind the scene interviews with Rush and I, and fired it up for the big drop! I was really nervous about messing up and landing on the rocks, but after talking to my dad and the crew, I was feeling more confident and ready to send it! Sitting at the top waiting to go was honestly one of the most scary things I've ever done, but as soon as
I peeled out of the eddy, I was in the zone. I floated through the lead in, saw the lip, lined up and hucked it. It was so much fun, I did it three more times with my last run being a perfect 45 degree angle! We finished the day off with a few more slide shots and some more land stuff!
The film crew was a lot of fun to work with, and the paddlers involved were even more fun! It is a 3 part series and the section we were filming was in the first part, so it won’t be out for at least a year, but I look forward to seeing the final product! Huge thank you to everyone who helped me over come my fear and for letting me be in this epic film!