I got the idea for this video because when you stop paddling in a packraft the boat spins backwards to face upstream. It just feels natural. When I mentioned the possibility of upstream paddling to Paul Schauer he said, ‘Yeah, sure. Salmon do it, why shouldn’t we?’ Armed with a tank of helium and 70 balloons, we were ready to shoot.
My brother helped plan the video. Joe Stock helped shoot some video, which was really fun and probably the only thing I’ll ever be able to teach Joe. In almost every one of his clips he says, “So the red light means it is recording?” Tomas Jensen, Roman Dial and Jeff Conaway helped review the edit. Free Energy, the music during the paddling scenes, is the PA-based band of my friend Scott Wells.
You think this is a joke? Check out the new Hyperlite Mountain Gear packs. Balloons not included.
No disrespect to Paul, but next time I’m going to enlist this guy’s help. Check out his moves at ~4:00.