Thursday, April 14, 2011

Kokatat Sponsors Sara Outen

Kokatat is proud to sponsor Sara Outen’s “London 2 London: Via the World” expedition. Departing from London on April 1st 2011, Outen will circumnavigate the globe using only human-powered transportation.

At 24-years old, Outen was the first woman, and youngest person ever, to row solo across the Indian Ocean. The “London 2 London” expedition is a significantly larger undertaking. She will cover 20,000-miles, across two oceans and three continents. Her only forms of transportation will be a specialized rowing boat, a bike and a kayak.

Though Sarah will be the only person to complete the round-the-world journey in its entirety, Justine Curgenven - award winning adventure filmmaker and expedition sea kayaker - will join her for several kayaking stages. These two Kokatat-sponsored athletes continue to challenge the limits of the human psyche and of physical expectations. Kokatat are providing Sarah with, amongst other items, a Expedition Dry Suit, Polartec® Power Dry® Liner and a Guide PFD.

The pair set off on Friday 1st April from Tower Bridge and arrived in Dover on Sunday. Having heard that bad weather was predicted, they opted for a night crossing to Calais. Sarah and Justine successfully crossed the 21 nautical miles of the English Channel in 10 hours. Sarah will now cycle across Europe to Russia and, as closely as possible, her round the world journey will follow this course:

• London to France by kayak: 102 nautical miles
• France to Russia by bike: 7,800 miles
• Russia to Japan by bike and kayak: 1,100 miles
• Japan to Canada by rowing boat: 4,300 nautical miles
• Canada to Nova Scotia by bike and kayak: 3,000 miles
• North Atlantic Ocean to UK by rowing boat: 2,500 nautical miles
• UK landing point to Thames Bridge, London, by kayak and bike

Sarah expects to finish her adventure in the London, in the fall of 2013. Follow her progress on her personal blog and at the Kokatat blog.

About Kokatat Watersports Wear

Celebrating 40 years of innovation, Kokatat is an independently operated, US manufacturer of technical apparel and accessories for water sports. Handcrafted in Arcata, California, Kokatat employees are focused on building the finest functional product for people who work and play on water. Our gear is designed for paddlers, by paddlers, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience on the water all year long and in all weather conditions.

As always, Kokatat continues to support experienced paddlers attempting first descents and expeditions. The company proudly provides the athletes with the best paddling gear in the whitewater industry.

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