Canada’s adventure sports world gets its first dedicated television show this Thursday with the premiere of Restless Josie on CHEK TV at 8:30 pm. Hosted and directed by Josie Boulding, a Vancouver Island adventure sports photographer and videographer, the show combines wanderlust with adventure sports, music and interesting interviews.
“This has been such a fun journey for me,” Boulding says. “I met amazing athletes, visited some of the best events and got to try everything from wakeboarding to chuckwagon racing. I interviewed celebrities like Kevin Costner and Adrien Grenier. And the footage and interviews we captured…I can’t wait to see it all on TV.”
CHEK TV is cable 6 in Vancouver and Vancouver Island, Shaw satellite standard lineup channel 358, and channel 7 on the advanced, and channel 255 on Telus and Bell satellite.
Boulding set out to create the show after being struck with a need to travel. While watching professional surfers dare huge waves in Hawaii, she became fascinated by the passion of athletes who risk their lives pursuing their sport. The television show will combine interviews with athletes, action footage and scenery with Boulding guiding viewers through it all.
“I’m attracted to successful people who work hard,” Boulding says. “There are so many world class athletes who are overlooked because their sport is not well known, especially in Canada. I want to tell their stories.”
That’s just what she does in Restless Josie, season one. The first episode features Tofino’s Rip Curl Stew, a major Canadian surf contest. Between classic west coast footage, a surf lesson and beautiful hotels, Boulding interviews the top surfers in Canada, including Noah Cohen and Peter Devries. Other episodes include the little known rodeo stars of the Calgary Stampede, the sand and sexiness of Kelowna’s Centre of Gravity Games, Whistler’s knobby tired insanity of Crankworx, New York City’s first professional surfing event, rock climbing with Canada’s top climber in Squamish, and the music scene and two-wheeled acrobatics in Boulding’s home town of the Comox Valley.
To add flow and beat, the show’s soundtrack will tap stellar, lesser known music. “I’m a huge music fan,” she says. “I love finding new music. This is a great opportunity to expose independent bands and talented musicians.”