The Season by film maker Bryan Smith
The sponsors are impressive, (Arcteryx Outdoor Research, New Belgium Beer) for a paddling film which usually has the same three sponsors for each film. But the fact that this film covers, snowboarding, climbing, downhill mountain biking, and kayaking may have something to do with it. The footage above is impressive and may go a long way to improving the footage we see of outdoor pursuits. From what I understand a remote cable operated camera has a lot to do with the overhead perspective on some of the footage.
The premise for The Season series is to follow the athletes throughout a season of their activities as they pursue their athletic goals. The audience is allowed to see their triumphs, failures, and I am assuming whatever else happens. As I am not a one sport athlete either, I appreciate seeing how a mountain biker, climber or snowboarder has the same essential questions that paddlers do.
Why am I doing this? Is it for me? Do I need to keep pushing myself further and further, or can I be content with where my skills/endurance/training are now?
As a runner and a paddler I ask myself these questions a lot.
The psychology of the athlete is an interesting study, I look forward to seeing Smith’s film exploration of the subject.