Kokatat Ambassadors Take Top Honors at 2013 Film Festivals

Kokatat paddlers and ambassadors recently received top honors for their films at the Reel Paddling Film Festival, National Paddling Film Festival, and Waterwalker Film Festival.

Kokatat paddlers and ambassadors recently received top honors for their films at the Reel Paddling Film Festival, National Paddling Film Festival, and Waterwalker Film Festival.

Tierra del Fuego, a film by Team Kokatat paddler Justine Curgenven, won Best Sea Kayaking Film at the Reel Paddling Film Festival. Tierra del Fuego documents the first successful circumnavigation of the remote and windswept island of "Isla Grande". The Waterwalker Film Festival also named Tierra del Fuego Best Sea Kayaking Film. Curgenven will be presenting Tierra del Fuego and other highlights from her latest DVD compilation, This is the Sea 5, at Canoecopia in Madison, WI, this weekend.

Go Ganges! won the Reel Paddling Film Festival’s Best Adventure Travel Film. The film follows Kokatat supported adventures Josh Thomas and J.J. Kelley as they follow the Ganges River from the source to the sea.

White Water Safety, by Kokatat Ambassador Bruce Jolliffe won Best Instructional Paddling Film at the at Reel Paddling Film Festival and Best Professional Safety/Instruction Film at the National Paddling Film Festival.

Another Kokatat supported film, Ikkatsu: The Roadless Coast, won Best Environmental Film at the The Waterwalker Film Festival and was shortlisted at the Reel Paddling Film Festival. Ikkatsu documents the journey of three paddlers, supported by a team of scientist, as they survey the debris from the 2011 Tsunami in Japan that was washing up along the Washington coast. Later this spring the team from Ikkatsu will head to Augustine Island in Alaska to study debris in the area.

The Reel Paddling Film Festival awards films in 10 categories with the winners and other shortlisted films toured to more than 100 cities around the world. For the complete film tour schedule visit www.reelpaddlingfilmfestival.com.

The National Paddling Film Festival is the primary club fundraiser for the Bluegrass Wildwater Association - A Central Kentucky Whitewater Kayak and Canoe Club. For over 30 years the club has recognized the best in paddling filmmaking and hosted an annual weekend of events to celebrate the winners. Learn more about the festival at www.bluegrasswildwater.org/NPFF.

Paddle Canada's Waterwalker Film Festival is a tribute to the late Bill Mason, the great conservationist, canoeist and filmmaker. The festival celebrates the exceptional films and videos on canoeing, kayaking, sea kayaking, nature, high adventure and the conservation of water environments. Learn more about the festival at www.paddlingcanada.com.

About Kokatat Inc:
Kokatat has been manufacturing paddling gear in Arcata, California for more than 40 years. At a time when many technical apparel brands were moving manufacturing offshore, Kokatat continued to invest in infrastructure in the United States. Kokatat founder Steve O’Meara was committed to the development of the finest and driest paddling apparel in the world and recognized the need to control and continually evolve the development of our dry wear. In the early days, Kokatat worked closely with W.L. Gore & Associates, makers of GORE-TEX®, to refine the sewing and sealing techniques required for full immersion suits and tops. Today, our hands-on approach to manufacturing continues to set the standard in paddling apparel. Into the water with Kokatat! Please visit www.kokatat.com
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