I started running big waterfalls when I turned 18 and moved out to Oregon. I loved the thrill and the focus that it demanded. Taking those risks, running big waterfalls, pushed me to inject that kind of passion and drive into every aspect of my life. It got me to where I am today and I wouldn't go back and change a thing. Over the years, my priorities shifted away from first descents and freefall towards storytelling. I'm incredibly fortunate that my paddling career transitioned perfectly into a career in filmmaking. I'm still a paddler and steeped in the paddling community, and I will be for the rest of my life. Nothing nourishes my soul and creativity quite like a day spent with good friends on the river.
It's from the experiences that I've lived through and the risks that I've taken that inspired me to make "Huck", a film about one of the best paddlers out there today — Evan Garcia. Today, waterfall kayaking has emerged as a dominant subset of whitewater paddling—thrilling audiences and pushing athletes to constantly tempt higher falls. It is constantly glorified and frequently misunderstood by all but the small group of kayakers who make waterfalls their life.
In "Huck", Evan explores what it means to kayak off of big waterfalls—considering both the risks and rewards of a life driven by freefall.