Greenville, S.C. (November 28, 2011) – After completing the first successful circumnavigation of Ellesmere Island, kayakers Jon Turk and Erik Boomer have been recognized as National Geographic Adventurers of the Year for 2012. Along with the honor, the duo is also up for the “People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year,” for which public voting is now open. Turk and Boomer are the only kayaking representatives in the 2012 honoree group, among a talented field of skiers, mountaineers, surfers and other athletically-minded adventurers.
Votes for the People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year” can be cast once a day, every day, until online polling closes on January 18, 2012. Wilderness Systems and Adventure Technology encourage everyone to vote early and vote often as a congratulatory cheer for Turk and Boomer, and as collective voice of support for all of kayaking. Click here to cast a vote. The “People’s Choice” award will be announced in February 2012.
Turk and Boomer are among 10 honorees - all athletes, conservationists and explorers. Their Ellesmere Expedition will stand as one of the most harrowing and ambitious adventures of the modern age. The two (ages 26 and 65) covered 1,485 miles by kayak, skis and foot. They encountered seemingly affable wolves, aggressive polar bears and wind and ice flows that were more readily threatening than the animals.
Wilderness Systems and Adventure Technology congratulate Turk and Boomer. We are proud to support them in their quest for adventure. Their courage, tenacity and sheer creativity is a constant inspiration.
About Wilderness Systems:
Innovative designs tuned for performance, premium outfitting, and superlative quality have aligned Wilderness Systems boats with the most acclaimed paddling experiences in the world. Since 1986, Wilderness Systems has pushed the limits of design and innovation, by refusing to compromise. A Wilderness Systems kayak offers the ultimate in performance and design for the recreational boater to the expedition paddler. Taking that same drive into the angling market, Wilderness Systems fishing kayaks exemplify the ultimate experience for anglers. For the times you can’t be on water, experience Wilderness Systems at www.wildernesssystems.com and join the Wildy Community.
About Adventure Technology:
In 1993, an idea for the first, whitewater-specific, ergonomic paddle was born. That idea grew into Adventure Technology (AT), a paddle maker who doesn’t seek to “balance” adventure with technology, but rather seeks to push both concepts to the outer limits. AT now delivers premium whitewater and touring paddles known for excellence in design, craftsmanship and innovation. In 2009, AT joined the rest of the Confluence Watersports family in Easley, S.C., to continue its legacy of dedicated research and development, all in the name of a good adventure. www.atpaddle.com
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