Big World

A Dad and his seven-year-old son grow together on a 70-mile SUP river trip in Nepal.
David Morton and his son Thorne navigate a real river together, as they do in life.



Fitz Cahall, David Morton


Duct Tape Then Beer, Becca Cahall


David Morton, Thorne Morton


Eddie Bauer

Running time

13 minutes

Country / Nationality

Nepal & United States

Our Judges say:

Extraordinary, powerfully emotional film about how parents can have adventures with kids, maybe not always on this scale, but there's a universal resonance in this movie

Paul Hodgson Music Judge

If only we could all be brought up like this. Would inspire anyone to parent.

Claire Carter Writer, Film Officer for Kendal Mountain Festival, 'Creative Consultant'.

As parents, how do we teach our kids that there is a world beyond social media, standardized tests and soccer practice? In April 2018, Eddie Bauer athlete David Morton and his seven-year-old son Thorne embarked on a week-long stand-up-paddleboard journey down the Karnali and Bheri Rivers in Western Nepal. David makes his living guiding some of the world’s most incredible peaks and Nepal is like a second home. He wanted to deepen Thorne’s understanding of the world beyond their Seattle neighborhood. Engaging with this world helps us grow. “There’s a basic paradox to parenting,” says David. “You have to keep your kids safe, but you have to teach them to take risks and follow curiosity. Life is undeniably richer with a little bit of daring."