On Wednesday, October 2nd, over 250 folks from the New & Gauley River community gathered at The Historic Fayette Theatre in Fayetteville, WV for one of the most-anticipated events of the year, the Video Boater Challenge (VBC). 2013 was the 10th anniversary of the event, and it was a night to remember. The VBC is a film festival featuring the work of the video boaters who film whitewater trips on the New & Gauley Rivers. A panel of industry peers in several categories judges their videos. The audience votes on the two most prestigious awards, Viewers’ Choice for Best Video and Best Video Boater. ACE’s own Josh Collins received video Boater of the Year! All proceeds from the VBC go towards the preservation and operations of The Historic Fayette Theatre.
The ACE Video Dept. once again won a majority of the awards, winning 1st place finishes in 6 of 9 categories! Our video boaters were also awarded three 2nd place finishes, and three 3rd place prizes. Contestants were rewarded from a well-stocked prize pool of donations from local, national, and even international sponsors. Among those contributors is ACE Gear Shop, which has been a major sponsor of this popular local event since its beginning.
Our Video Department is very much behind the scenes of the event, from the Director of the show, to stage actors, and technical staff. New for this year was a live musical performance by the Appalachian Thunderfunk Video Boater’s Band, an all-video boater ensemble of which three out of four work for ACE!
ACE Adventure Resort would like to extend their congratulations to our award-winning video staff: Josh Collins, John Cornwell, Katie De Butts, Peyton Love, Lisa Marie, Tom Riley, and T.K. Shields. Way to go! So proud to watch your work at the 10th annual video boater challenge.