Red Bull, Pioneer “Paddle” the Amazon

Red Bull Media House has commissioned Tinopolis Group-owned Pioneer Productions to produce the paddleboard adventure documentary PaddleSUP: Mission Amazon. (Pictured: adventurer Charlie Head)
March 21, 2016

Red Bull Media House has commissioned Tinopolis Group-owned Pioneer Productions to produce the paddleboard adventure documentary, PaddleSUP: Mission Amazon.

The 1 x 60-minute special will follow adventurer Charlie Head (pictured) on a two-month journey across the Rio Marañón in Peru – the Amazon’s main water source – in what is said to be the first-ever attempted stand-up paddleboarding of the river, intended to highlight one of the world’s most endangered environments.

The film will shadow Head along his expedition, which begins 3,845m (12,615 feet) above sea level at Lake Gangrajanca in the Peruvian Andes, and ends in the world’s largest tropical rainforest – the Amazon. Throughout his adventure, Head will meet with Amazonian locals who are fighting the planned building of 20 new dams believed to threaten the entirety of the Amazon basin.

Pioneer Productions’ Stephen Marsh serves as executive producer.

PaddleSUP: Mission Amazon is scheduled to broadcast across SVOD service Red Bull TV Online on April 1.

“The Amazon basin is one of the most important ecosystems in the world, so to have the opportunity to help shine a light on both its beauty and the very real threats it is facing has been an incredibly fulfilling venture,” said Kirstie McLure, MD of Pioneer Productions, in a statement.

“The sacrifices that not only Charlie, but also the crew had to make whilst following behind him on rafts and carrying the equipment necessary to film, have enabled us to create a fascinating program that will captivate viewers,” she continued.

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the series would appear on linear channel Red Bull TV. The series will only appear on its SVOD service Red Bull TV Online.

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