The Reel Adventure Diaries

The Reel Adventure Diaries (TRAD) Film Competition saw hundreds of budding film enthusiasts submit their own outdoor adventure videos in order to bag the ultimate prize of filming a top extreme athlete.

Six finalists were selected and they have all been kitted out with the latest camera equipment and whisked off on an adventure with the likes of world champion climber Tim Emmett,  ski freerider Laurent Niol and kitesurfing pro Johara Sykes-Davies.

The six finalists are now frantically working away at the footage to produce a 10 minute film which will be screened at the show. The eventual TRAD film award winner will be voted for by the show visitors.

TRAD Finalists

TRAD finalists

Charlie Chambers

Charlie has always enjoyed being outdoors and “hates desks”. He studied an MA in TV production and most of his films were shot outdoors so TRAD was a natural progression. Currently trying to spend most of his time in Falmouth he loves to surf or just head out in the countryside to walk the dog. More



Andrew Cockcroft

At 22, Andrew is the youngest TRAD finalist but having grown-up in the South-West he loves the ocean and any sport in it or on it.  As well as sailing and surfing, he’s also stomped all over Quantocks on his mountain bike. 

EXTREME ATHLETE: Johara Sykes-Davies 

Piotr Krzysiek

Now living in Bristol, Piotr is a fair way from his native Poland. It was while he was studying mechanical engineering at university that he got involved with adventure filming. He's now a rope access technician so spends most days at lofty heights – which gives lots of opportunities to film in unusual locations. 



Phil Parker

Phil used to work in a shop. Since then he’s been a contract cleaner, a highways engineer, a transportation consultant, an AutoCAD technician and an activity centre instructor. Now...he works in a shop. Happily, the shop in question sells climbing gear, and climbing is where his passion lies. 


Alison Stockwell

An outdoor enthusiast for may years Alison first got involved with film-making after getting involved in the Kendal Mountain Film Festival. She took part in its 48 hour film marathon and was hooked, so she joined a film-making society and hasn't looked back.

EXTREME ATHLETE: Andy Kirkpatrick