Boob Tube Becomes a Series

New video series will document the lives and exploits of female whitewater athletes

The ladies are back at it again. Earlier this week, TiTS DEEP released the first episode of a new web series documenting exploits of the world’s best female paddlers, both on and off the river.

CanoeKayak.com got in touch with TiTS DEEP founder Katrina Van Wijk and videographer Erin Galey to talk about the new series and what they hope to accomplish with it. Here’s what they had to say.

CanoeKayak.com: What’s it been like working on the web series with the paddlers?
Galey: Easy. Fun. Organic. It’s just kind of an extension of the friendship we’ve developed in the last year. They have a lot of great ideas, and storytelling is what I do professionally and also something I enjoy. It’s easy for me to make a suggestion, or for them to do the same, and then that idea gets implemented into our master plan. It’s a collaborative process, and I feel like my role as their resident filmmaker is really natural.

The first video wasn’t just waterfall hucking, but also general off-water antics from the girls, focusing a lot on their personalities. Why did you choose to edit the video that way?
Van Wijk: My passion for kayaking spreads way past the whitewater aspect, and into the community and lifestyle. I want to show our audience that we experience way more than just sick boofs.

Galey: I’ve been a kayaker for a long time, and I’ve seen a lot of kayaking videos from LVM to Wicked Liquid to Twitch … Remember Young Gun Productions? Man, I used to drool over some of their videos. Now I also have this narrative film background that’s highly attuned to portraying interesting characters and putting their stories together on screen. For me, telling stories about who they are and showing the kayaking itself is a great marriage of two things I love. Knowing who these people are that are sending themselves off giant waterfalls, and charging into huge features, makes for a better story that I personally enjoy. Maybe other people will too. These ladies are brave, connected, hilarious, loving, daring, and super grounded individuals. All I do is turn the camera on.

What are you hoping to gain from doing this series?
Galey: I think we all hope that this will lead to bigger and better projects, both for my company and for the athletes. Not enough females are out there doing badass outdoor productions, from a cinematic, storytelling and athletic point of view. We also have some awesome plans brewing for future projects that will be visually engaging: tell great stories, feature them as whitewater athletes and personalities, and maybe feature them doing some other sports too … But I can’t say too much. We’re just trying to be innovative and do cool stuff this year with the existing footage that we already have, and hope that it leads to bigger and better projects.

What’s coming up in the next episodes?
Galey: This is really anything that we want it to be. Over the next few months, this series will chronicle the adventures of TiTS DEEP from Chile to the Pacific Northwest to the North Fork race, then probably drop in a Green Race episode after that. We are developing some other projects that we want to do on a bigger scale, so maybe in the future we will feature some behind the scenes of bigger projects we have cooking. There’s a lot happening, so we’re just going with the flow.

Van Wijk: The second episode will be focusing on Iceland; Mariann Sæther, Martina Wegman, Shannon Carroll and I traveled around the country hucking waterfalls and swimming in hot springs!

Expect an edit every month on a new destination, goal or adventure from women all around the world. Erin and I will not be the sole editors, but we will be giving broad guidelines for other women to submit videos.

Go to the TiTS DEEP Facebook page for more information.

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  • Gyration Zeo

    I am in love with all ya’ll :-) <3

  • http://www.brooke-bevan.blogspot.com/ mountainlove270@yahoo.com

    Considering my homework is generally complimented with regular workouts (50-100 pushups, 150-300 situps, & more each day) and I watch these films while balance boarding, I’ll wait to check out episode 2…. Granted, I have been very overwhelmed with complicated determination to get through intensive Women of European History homework putting off my better way of life to get things done, & yet struggling to keep focused.
    These have been great cross-reference tools for this individualized studies plan & tremendous inspiration, Fun, got to say… definately still wanting greater intellect, and a real message, though!

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