Current Transportation: 2012 Toyota Tacoma
Core Activities: Sea kayaking, whitewater kayaking
Non-Core Activities: Filming, parenting, coffee, carpentry, canoeing
Favorite Places: Ashlu River, Grand Canyon, West Coast Vancouver Island
My Jam Is: Frank Sinatra
I Eat Lots Of: Triscuits
Fun Fact: I grew up in Traverse City, MI.
Bryan Smith is an award-winning filmmaker and expedition kayaker based out of Squamish, British Columbia. His first documentary, “49 Megawatts,” received acclaim both for its amazing kayaking footage and insightful exploration of the controversy over British Columbia’s river-based energy production. An online version went viral and led to two-feature length sea kayaking films. His work has appeared at numerous film festivals across the world, including the prized Banff and Telluride Mountain Film Festivals. In the past few years, Bryan has built on his adventure film roots and developed a strong reputation in both TV documentary and commercial cinematography.
In 2010 Bryan earned a National Geographic Expedition Grant for his work in Kamchatka, Russia, and launched into digital media co-producing and directing The Season web TV series. Most recently he co-produced and directed “The Man Who Can Fly,” a 60 minute special for the National Geographic Channel Explorer series.
The Filament Pullover is by far the most useful piece of gear I've owned. It travels anywhere and packs into nothing. There is nothing worse than being cold, and the filament takes the edge off in just about any condition.
I always have two pairs of these in every bag I pack. They're versatile enough to travel in, rugged enough to deal with any bushwhacking and always dry in an instant.
Photos: Grand Canyon, John Wesley Powell Style
Bryan Smith floats replica boats for 21 days from Lee's Ferry. [Read More]
Make Your Kayak Roll Bombproof
Six tips for perfecting kayaking’s most elusive skill. [Read More]
The Semelyichik River
"We completed the Semelyichik in three days from source to sea. We took a heli in and met a sailboat at the takeout. On the flight there we spotted another river that looks amazing, but very difficult.… [Read More]
Return to Petroplavosk
We have just returned to Petroplavosk, the capital of Kamchatka after completing our second source to sea first descent of the Karimsky River to the North. This was an absolutely incredible trip. We… [Read More]
The Zhupanova River
We have just arrived back in the capital of Kamchatka after a… [Read More]
Six Boats For Five Weeks in Timelapse
What does it take to pack six boats for a 5-week paddling expedition to the remote and rugged Kamchatka Peninsula? Watch and see. Wouldn't it be easy if packing only took 17 seconds rather than many… [Read More]