Athletics, Film, Hollins Outdoor Program|March 15, 2011 12:27 pm

The “Canoe Guru” Headlines Film Festival Roadshow at Hollins

Roanoke, Va. – The Hollins University Outdoor Program is bringing the National
Paddling Film Festival (NPFF) Roadshow to southwest Virginia on Friday, April 22. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center’s Niederer Auditorium, located on the Hollins campus. Admission is $15.

For nearly thirty years, the NPFF has showcased the top paddle sport videos and images during a competition held annually in Frankfort, Kentucky. Proceeds benefit American Whitewater and river conservation. The festival also helps raise the quality of paddle sport entertainment by providing recognition of talent along with feedback for the artists who make the show happen.

The Roadshow features the best videos from the festival’s 28 years, in which amateur and professional videographers captured thrilling footage of whitewater canoeing and kayaking adventures.

Paddlesport star Eli Helbert, also known as the “Canoe Guru,” will host the program. A third generation canoer who spends his free time canoeing into the most pristine and spectacular valleys in the world, Helbert has taken top honors at two World Championships, a World Cup, and a World Extreme Race as well as numerous national and regional canoeing titles. He is based in Asheville, North Carolina, and serves as a lead instructor for the Wilderness Medicine Institute of the National Outdoor Leadership School while working with many of the leading
outdoor adventure companies around the world. He will compete at the 2011 World Championship Freestyle Rodeo Competition in Germany this June.

Helbert will also lead a canoeing demonstration on Saturday, April 23 at 11 a.m. at
nearby Carvins Cove. The event is open to the public and admission is $2.

Prior to the Roadshow on Friday evening, a vendor fair will be held from 5 – 7 p.m. on the first floor of the Wetherill Visual Arts Center. In addition, a number of items will be raffled during the program, including backpacks, t-shirts, and a whitewater helmet.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit

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