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Vail: Outdoor Reels Film Series returns for Teva Mountain Games

Caramie Schnell
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail Daily

VAIL, Colorado – Some fishermen in Belize have caught (and released) the same fish so many times, they’ve given them nicknames. They pull their wooden boats up onto flats – white-blue areas of shallow water in the middle of the ocean – where permit fish come up on onto the sand. The fishermen recognize the beautiful silver fish by the markings on their fins that stick out of the water, says Al Perkinson, the vice president of marketing for Costa sunglasses, which sponsored a documentary film about fly fishing in Belize called “Currents of Belize.”

“We like to tell stories that are fishing-related that inspire people to protect and conserve,” Perkinson said.

The film is part of the Teva Mountain Games Outdoor Reels Film Series, which is showing tonight at the Lodge at Vail. The movie, which was shot last year and released this spring, focuses on Abbie Marin and Lincoln Westby, two fly fishing guides who spend their days out on the flats chasing the elusive permit, which Perkinson calls “the most elusive and difficult fish to catch on the fly.”

“Lincoln is this older, grandfatherly type of figure who is revered by the local people down there,” Perkinson said. “Abbie is a younger, activist type of guy who is a fly fishing guide as well. They have two different views and approaches, but the same goal.”

That goal is to protect Belize’s coastal waters in the face of the development happening because of the tourists flocking to the area’s pristine beaches and water.

“Filmmaker Bradley Beesley follows Abbie and Lincoln as they navigate the tension between the country’s commitments to protecting its natural resources versus protecting its human resources,” according to the film’s website, “Will condos, golf carts and foreign money force the soul of a country that lives and dies by the water into submission? Time will tell.”

So far the film has garnered positive reviews.

“We’ve gotten a really amazing reaction,” Perkinson said. “We want to show what these guys have done in Belize to help inspire protection in the United States.”

Costa is currently working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife department to fund a five-year tagging program to gather data about the permit, since very little is known about the fish.

Marin and Westby are actually in town for the games and will compete in the Costa 2 Fly X-Stream flyfishing competition on Saturday and Sunday. They will also attend the film screening tonight in Vail with Perkinson and will answer questions after the film.

Along with “Currents of Belize,” three other outdoor-themed films will be screened at tonight’s event:

• “Dream Result” – Dream Result is the story of a group of friends who have undertaken a journey to explore the limits of kayaking possibilities. The film includes the World Record Waterfall Descent of 186-foot Palouse Falls, expeditions into the wilderness of Northern Canada, big air freestyle on the flooded rivers of Quebec, and a quest for waterfalls throughout Chile and Scandinavia. Driven through the passions of nine of the sports top athletes and lifelong colleagues, they experience a year in the life of chasing their Dream Result.

• “Hotel Charley 5: First Descent” – This new film follows a group of elite expedition kayakers as they embark on three dramatic expeditions in search of untested rivers and canyons. Deep in Mexico’s remote Sierra Occidental Mountains, the team takes on the Rio Piaxtla through the deepest canyon in North America. They go on an epic 50-day expedition through the most remote corner of India riding uncharted whitewater in the steepest portion of the Himalaya. And as a grand finale, they search out the largest kayakable waterfalls on Earth in Mato Grosso, Brazil. Three groundbreaking kayaking expeditions with one heart-pounding goal: a First Descent.

• “Waterman is More Than a Word” – Featuring footage from Hawaii, Tahiti and Colorado, this film offers a visual explanation as to why waterman is more than a word, it is a way of life.

As the pioneers in the industry, this film shows how stand up paddles are more than a new toy – they are a vehicle by which to spread the Hawaiian waterman values.

High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or

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