On April 17 we arrived at New Leaf Academy in Bend, OR ready for a few hours of SUP surfing in the middle of the high desert. By way of Poor Boyz Productions, The SUP Movie, the students were immersed in a powerful experience of big wave riding, friendship, team work, examples of “following your dream” and inspiring others.
We started the program with a worksheet and discussion designed to alloow the students to view the film as proactive thinkers – beyond the pure entertainment factor. They were introduced to the water athletes featured, particularly learning about Kai Lenny, Noa Ginella and Izzi Gomez. Hard work, dedication and a sense of joyful play are the hallmarks of those water athletes and the rest of the cast.
After viewing the film, we had a time for discussion and reflection. The students were provided a worksheet to guide their responses and to help them articulate ways they were inspired and what impressed them most in a film with incredible destinations from around the world, photography of surf action and the natural world and a sound track that added to the engagement and viewing experience. Their responses were diverse and thoughtful.
Inevitably when we show The SUP Movie, some of the students really “get it.” They understand that, like Kai Lenny, they have expertise or talent to hone and to share. They have their own “Wave.” For those students we provide a short mini grant application for mentoring or $100-$200 in seed money to start them on their own journey toward living the life they dream of.
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