Radical Reels 2014 in Santa Cruz

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The Banff Mountain Film Festival’s annual world tour has long been a favorite Santa Cruz winter event, selling out the Rio Theater for one weekend every February.

Radical Reels, a one-night event featuring the most thrilling Banff Mountain films in the action/adventure sports category, which arrives at the Rio on Saturday, Sept. 27, is fast becoming as popular as the film fest that spawned it.

This year’s Radical Reels lineup includes ten exhilarating films sure to inspire, delight and blow minds, featuring world-class wingsuit flyers, waterfall kayakers, spire climbers, steep-trail riders, freestyle skiers—and one goofball mountain-biker.

(Descriptions courtesy Banff Mountain Film Festival)

Arrival—Featuring the talents of the next wave of mountain bike riders and photographers, Arrival showcases diverse styles, new lines and new places.

Be The Trail—You’ve got to see this one to understand.

Beyond The Drop—“2.2 seconds of pure stoke and fear.” Six pro kayakers from around the world connect in the rainforests of Southern Mexico to explore the impossibly blue water of the Agua Azul. When it comes to running waterfalls, there's a lot more to it than just the drop.

Dream Lines IV—Some of the world's top wingsuit flyers take on wild new lines in France and Switzerland.

Ghost Town—In the mid 1800's, British Columbia's mountain towns boomed as prospectors flocked north during the great gold rush. Josh Daiek, Mike Henitiuk & Kieran Nikula arrive 150 years later in search of their own fortune.

Nine Queens - Shades Of Winter—What do you get when you invite the best female freestyle skiers and provide them with a 24-metre floating kicker in the shape of a castle to play with? The best-ever Nine Queens throwing down insane tricks, including things never done by girls before.

Off-Width Outlaw—Meet Pamela Shanti Pack. Tough as nails, she's the meanest crack climbing thug you've ever met. Just don't ask her to climb slab. "There's a tremendous amount of pain involved in off-width climbing and I really do thrive on that pain.”

Outlines—World Wingsuit Champion Espen Fadnes on the future of wingsuiting and his transition to life as a professional extreme sports athlete.

The Sensei (Reel Rock 8) —Radical Reels Night People's Choice Award
East meets West and old meets new. Twenty-something world class boulderer, Daniel Woods, and 43-year old climbing veteran, Yuji Hirayam, team up for the expedition of a lifetime. But when Daniel-san travels to Japan to prove himself worthy of Hirayama's mentorship, the question becomes, who learns from whom?

Walled In—Why does Ben Stookesberry always pick the sketchiest lines on a river? This time, he's asking himself the same question as he and his cohorts push an exposed portage line down into the heart of a gorge. Is a kayak the way out or just a bad idea?


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My favorite action sports film would have to be the Coastal Crews "Arrival"


"Thicker Than Water" Woodshed Films


My favorite action sports film is "Birdmen" about the guys that base jump in squirrel suits- I get that gut dropping feeling of falling just watching.
-Chelsea :)


Greatest surf film ever. But you have to love what GoPro content creators are putting up for free online every day :)


Great MTB movie. Red Bull really invested in the cinematography and sound to make this the premier MTB movie. A must see for any action sports enthusiast.