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A passion for stand up paddling, filmmaking & rivers together with an enchantment for watersheds creates Contours: A Story of First Waves, a film about protecting the environment. Watch this short, yet powerful film about inspiring community through watersports, by Rishi Sethi and Ian Smith.

Contours:  First Waves on Stonycreek River, Johnstown, PA

A search for standing waves and rivers led Ian Smith to Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Upon arrival, what he discovered was a polluted body of water and the inspiration to empower Johnstown’s citizenry to clean up their environment through the skills of paddle surfing & film. Watch this 9-minute film, Contours, A Story of First Waves, showcasing the most recent of First Waves’ initiatives to see the smiles first hand of kids experiencing the thrill of river surfing on Stonycreek River and learning that they can play an important role in protecting their city’s watersheds.

“If the raft is the harbinger of adventure, then riding a wave is the catalyst of conservation. The act itself is imbued with a need for harmony with the river.”

Storytelling is a profound way we inspire each other. Ian & crew collaborate with Johnstown’s passionate youth to plant trees along the riverbed and focus on the health of the watershed. Together, they create an incredible memory told through education and film while building a legacy to care for this river far into the future.

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First Waves uses standup paddleboarding (SUP), the art of filmmaking, and digital media as a catalyst to inspire conservation of local waterways and mentorship for at-risk youth.

Film by Rishi Sethi and Ian Smith





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Evelyn O’Doherty, editor & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0, worked her way up the ranks in the world of stand up paddling. As a stand up paddle coach & instructor on the East End of Long Island in the Hamptons, Evelyn coordinated numerous events, races and fundraisers. She became a strong SUP racer in the North East and a year-round SUP surfer. Eve’s been awarded several top level sponsorships including competing as a team rider for Starboard SUP and an acting national ambassador for Kialoa Paddles. Her passion and commitment to all aspects of the sport developed additional key ambassadorships including lululemon athletica, Clif Bar, Cobian, Kaenon & Indo Board. Her love of watersports and commitment to advocacy in preserving our marine environments led to a short film made with The Nature Conservancy as part of their Clean Water initiatives on Long Island, NY, called “A New Perspective”. Evelyn just keeps paddling. Today, as editor, publisher and chief bottle washer at Standup Journal, Evelyn keeps the vibe high and her toes wet paddling, surfing, learning to foil in East Hampton, NY. You can find her most days out on Gardiner’s Bay or surfing at Ditch Plains in Montauk, NY.

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