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‘People of Water’

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People of Water, set in Colorado and Hawaii, profiles Rob Prechtl and the U.S. Men’s Rafting team as they train in a new-to-them discipline of paddling—outrigger canoe racing. Legendary boat builders Bobby and Johnny Puakea teach these “boys from Colorado” not only the skill but the spirit they need to succeed in the craft. Driving the narrative are Prechtl’s inner anxieties and lack of self-confidence as a “water person.” From director Forest Woodward, Gnarly Bay Productions, and Chaco, this film will leave you seeking out your next adventure—and it just might be on the shores of Hawaii.