Kokatat’s Justine Curgenven to Paddle Around Tip of the World

Goal set to be first successful kayaking expedition around Tierra del Fuego

ARCATA, Calif.,– Kayaking around the tip of the world, Tierra del Fuego, has never been successfully completed. Kokatat team member and skilled paddler, Justine Curgeven and her partner Barry Shaw, hope to be the first successful pair to accomplish this rugged 1,000-mile kayak expedition. Kokatat is thrilled to support Curgenven on this expedition, which has previously been attempted by a Kokatat supported team, but was aborted due to uncooperative weather.

The expedition couple will bring in the new 2011 calendar year by departing for the expedition on Jan. 1. They have allocated 70 days to complete the trip. La Isla Grande, the big island of Tierra del Fuego lies less than 100 miles north of Cape Horn; the eastern part of the island belongs to Argentina, while the western part is claimed by Chile. It is a notorious region for high winds and bad weather.

“I know this will be a very challenging trip with a lot of strong winds but I’m really looking forward to being immersed in nature for a couple of months in this wild and stunning place,” said Curgenven.

Curgenven will be outfitted in Kokatat gear from head to toe to meet the demands of the unvarying weather and paddling conditions, including: the GORE-TEX® Front Entry Drysuit with drop seat, Scout Shoes, MsFIT Tour PFD, Surfskin Balaclava, Outercore Long Sleeve, Destination Hand Cover, Destination Vent Cap, Womens' Paddling Trunk, GORE-TEX Paclite Storm Cag, Tempest Pant and the Women's Destination Paddling Pants.

To follow updates leading up to Curgenven’s expedition, check out her blog at: http://www.cackletv.com/justines-blog/. To learn about other Kokatat sponsored expeditions, please visit Kokatat's Blog.

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