Asheville, NC – September 30, 2019 –For the past decade, Astral has annually launched a highly sought-after limited edition GreenJacket PFD, which doubles as a high-performance PFD and a piece of art. Time-tested by the world’s best expedition kayakers, Astral’s GreenJacket is the top choice for river guides and expedition paddlers alike. Not only does the GreenJacket provide full rescue capabilities, it is durable, comfortable and PVC-free. For the Limited Edition Program’s 11th release, Astral debuts the “Cobra” co-designed by artist Eliza Carver and World Champion expedition kayaker and Astral athlete Aniol Serrasolses.
Serrasolses, a Catalonian native known for his unmatched descents of rapids and waterfalls, is also a competitive kayaker. He most recently received six awards at the 2019 Whitewater Awards, including Rider of the Year. With the LE11 Cobra, Astral honors Serrasolses’ fearless connection to rivers, waterfalls and nature. “The 2019 Limited Edition GreenJacket is a tribute to Chile and all its wild places,” notes Aniol. “Over the past decade I’ve come back over and over again to the remote region of Patagonia. There is something about this land that inspires exploration.”
The front of the PFD highlights the Curarrehue Valley, with Las Peinetas mountains towering above the Puesco river. Along the riverbanks, an Araucaria, the national tree of Chile, stands tall under a full moon—an homage to Aniol’s love for moonlit laps. The back reveals one of Aniol’s latest adventures, La Leona Waterfall. Upon landing, the cascade becomes one with the cobra, symbolizing Aniol and his infinite connection with the river. “I was never the same after my first trip to Chile,” says Serrasolses. “Here is where I decided to make kayaking my life journey and where I keep coming back to push the limits of the sport. Puma, Newen and La Leona have definitely been some of my most special first descents.”
The LE11 GreenJacket will be available October 1st. Want to get your hands on the LE Cobra? Fans are encouraged to visit their local Astral retailer and sign up for Astral’s newsletter for exclusive updates and special promotions. For more information, contact Katie Richter at email@example.com.
Established in 2002, Astral has grown to specialize in high performance footwear alongside its industry-leading safety gear for paddlers. Independently owned and operated with a sincere commitment to making products of the highest performance and style for use in Nature. Astral is based in the year-round outdoor wonderland of Asheville, NC and has satellite offices in Bend, Oregon and Saigon, Vietnam. #NatureFirst