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Sunday, 14 February 2010

Double awards win for kayak film

So delighted for friend, meeja colleague and fellow fan of Scotland's great outdoors, Simon Willis, for his exciting double film awards scoop. Willis, who runs Sunart Media, won the "Best Instructional Film" awards at two separate Canadian film festivals for the full-length production, Sea Kayak - An Instructional Journey along the coast of Skye.

The film was honoured at the 5th annual Reel Paddling Film Festival in Toronto, as well as Paddle Canada’s Waterwalker Film Festival in Ontario.

Following news of the accolade, Simon, a former BBC newsnight correspondent who seems to have achieved an idyllic work-life balance at his home in gorgeous Strontian (I'm too jealous!), said: “Whether it’s teaching people to kayak or helping businesses produce a cost-effective training video, the principles are the same. Mind you, it helps that I’m passionate about sea kayaking”.

Released on DVD, the film features exciting and practical instruction from one of the world’s top coaches. Gordon Brown (not our PM! Obviously!) delivers coaching sessions designed for beginners and intermediate sea kayakers. These are mixed with a beautifully shot four-day voyage along the west coast of the Isle of Skye where Gordon lives and from where he runs Skyak Adventures.

You can take a look at extracts from the DVD at

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