Outdoor recreation connects you to natural spaces in ways you could never expect. It happens when you catch that first wave, send your first climb, or ski through fresh powder between the pines. That "it" feeling is nearly indescribable. Your mind is nowhere but in that exact moment. You are more present than you ever could imagine.
Who Is TGR Films?
Like-minded people are inherently attracted to one another. Jackson Hole, Wyoming, has become a hub where the mix of passion and sports are at the forefront and a base for Teton Gravity Research (TGR). TGR was established by adventure athletes Steve Jones, Todd Jones, Dirk Collins, and Correy Gavitt in 1995 and has an ever-expanding vision for exploration in natural spaces. Every landscape, from mountain slopes to ocean waves, is the backdrop for what they do and the essence of who they are. Nobody has excitement for the natural environment like an athlete whose passion relies on perfect conditions. TGR Films, in simple terms, is an adventure sports media company dedicated to producing epic films used all over the outdoor brand industry–inspiring stoke and outlined through a mission to protect the environment.
Shifts In The Perfect Conditions
Unfortunately, many ecosystems are suffering changes that we have never seen before as human beings. We partake in mindless harmful habits day after day that negatively impact our environment. At the forefront of the fight are TGR athletes who are witnessing a lot of these changes firsthand. They have seen the varying conditions and felt the shifts from season to season. Climate change is not out of sight, out of mind for these athletes. To focus on finding solutions, TGR partners with Protect Our Winter, One Percent for the Planet, Surfrider Foundation, and BIPEC (Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy).
Teton Gravity Research– Igniting The Stoke
This year at the Coast Film & Music Festival, you will encounter some epic athletic change makers that are stoked on environmental solutions in a way you won't find in any other group of activists. Teton Gravity Research (TGR) Films being shown at the film festival will give you a front-row seat to experience places and sports that both spark and inspire change.
Protect Our Winters (POW) is an organization partnered with TGR that connects passionate outdoors people. It is no surprise the POW was founded by a legendary snowboarder, Jeremy Jones. In 2013, Jeremy was honored by then-President Barack Obama for his effort to address climate change with his work with POW. Jeremy stars in "Edge of the Earth," a TGR film that will be shown at Coast Film & Music Festival.
Amie Engerbreston, a professional skier, was invited by POW to join a group of mountain athletes at Capitol Hill to express the urgency of political moves to address human impact on our climate. In an insightful TGR article titled Women in the Mountains, Amie explains the extreme weather pattern changes she has seen growing up in the Tahoe region of the Sierras. She also hits on a point that should not go overlooked: the hypocrisy that people call out on environmental activists. You do not need to be a bike-riding vegan who never travels because planes are too fossil fuel-intensive to be an environmental activist. Check out the article that is linked again here.
From Kauai to Lake Tahoe, snow sportsperson Elena Hight has a spectrum of experience in environmental settings. This makes for the perfect combination of emotional attachments to oceans and mountains. Elena is an Olympic snowboarder who is in the previously mentioned film, "Edge of the Earth." You can find her in another TGR film, "Ode to Muir," along with POW founder Jeremy Jones. After experiencing the direct impacts of climate change on her career due to the lack of seasonal snow, which led to low water levels in Lake Tahoe the next spring, she was immediately motivated to join sustainability efforts with POW. You can read more about her experience working with POW here. Taking the story into her own hands, you can read Elena's view of sustainability on her blog here.
All of these individuals have a passion for the future of our environment and maintaining its natural balance. They are supporting a better future for everyone because they seek to protect the epic mountainous snow they fell in love with riding through.
An ultimate way to connect to the outdoors is to find a sport that you can't stay away from. No matter if you find your passion for the environment first or passion for getting outside, the two are inextricably linked.
Teton Gravity Research Films has brought together motivated individuals and connected with Protect Our Winters to build a community that is making changes to increase the chances that future generations will get the same opportunities we grew up with.
Film is a powerful way to connect people and help others experience what is so amazing about protecting our natural spaces.