The Way of the Kayak


A Film by Richard and Marie Poe

NM Magazine cover — Richard Poe

Cover story on Richard Poe and his WAVE series of network marketing books, in the May/June 2016 issue of NM Magazine, an Italian business publication. The cover shot is from Poe’s film The Way of the Kayak.

The Way of the Kayak is a fast-moving, action-packed, award-winning documentary celebrating the kayak’s amazing ability to roll upside down in the water, and roll back up again.

It shares with viewers the mental, physical, spiritual, and sensual thrill of rolling a kayak — the terror of letting your boat capsize while you’re jammed in the tight cockpit; the suspense of holding your breath while you hang upside down underwater; and the triumph of rolling your boat back up again and filling your lungs with air.

Rolling a kayak is a simple act, but a spiritual one, a symbolic drama of death and rebirth, in which the kayaker must surrender to the water, overcome his fear of drowning, and calmly execute the necessary moves to put his boat right again.

Shot in the waters of New York City and the Canadian Thousand Islands, the film includes unique underwater scenes shot with watertight GoPro cameras.

Written, directed, and narrated by New York Times-bestselling author Richard Poe, The Way of the Kayak describes Poe’s hard-fought, personal struggle to achieve kayak mastery. It tells how Poe conquered his fears, grew closer to nature, and found inner peace through the ancient art of kayak rolling.

The Way of the Kayak was produced by Poe’s wife and business partner Marie Poe.


Voices from the Waters Traveling International Film Festival
Bangalore, India
September 4, 2015

Williamsburg International Film Festival (Willifest)
Brooklyn, New York, USA
September 25, 2015

Critical Edge Film & Art Festival
Tallahassee, Florida, USA
September 26, 2015

Another Hole in the Head International Genre Film Festival
San Francisco, California, USA
November 8, 2015, 11 AM

Firestone International Experimental Film Festival (FIEFF)
Moscow, Russia
December 16, 2015

Kiwi International Film Festival (KIFF)
Auckland, New Zealand
December 27-30, 2015

Snowtown Film Festival (KIFF)
Watertown, New York, USA
January 30, 2016

Wild Water / Victoria Film Festival
Victoria, BC, Canada
September 24, 2016

XIV International Festival of Outdoor Films
Ostrava, Czech Republic
October 2016