In June of 2007, Joe O'Blenis will embark on a solo sea kayaking circumnavigation of British Columbia's rugged Vancouver Island, an expedition of roughly 1150 kilometers (just over 700 miles). Joe will attempt to complete the fastest circumnavigation of the Island thus far by solo kayak, breaking the current record of 28 days (held by Leon Sommé). His goal for this expedition will be to complete the journey in a time of 21 days or under, a very ambitious endeavor considering the conditions he will face.
Arcata CA - Kokatat has partnered with Team River Runner to become an official sponsor and provide quality paddling gear to the participants of this innovative program. Working in partnership with The Wounded Warrior Project and Disabled Sports USA, TRR helps veterans of the Iraq and Afghan wars recuperating at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) find health, healing, and new challenges through whitewater boating on the Potomac River.
Kokatat is pleased to announce that Nikki Rekman and Mark Scriver have accepted the position of sales reps for Canada. Nikki will be covering Western Canada including Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan and Mark will be covering Eastern Canada including Ontario, Quebec and the Maritime provinces.
A quality PFD is a crucial component to any water experience and just as a person’s adventure on the water may vary, so do their needs in personal floatation devices. Kokatat is pleased to introduce two models on their NEW Ronin platform, the Ronin (Type lll) and the Ronin Pro (Type V). These PFDs have a trimmed-down profile and unique internal harness, which provides a comfortable secure fit, full spinal protection and improved side protection, making the Ronin and Ronin Pro great choices for whitewater and ocean paddlers. A front-entry design, two pockets, and reflective accents make the Ronin PFDs user friendly, comfortable and a great addition to a paddler’s gear bag. Innovations such as reinforced adjustable, thermal molded foam padded shoulders with non-slip Hypalon® grip panels, stretch side panels, clip-on accessories, and superlative construction methods set a new standard in life vest design. Quick release chest harness meets or exceeds all USCG requirements for Type V Rescuer’s Harness. Both models will be made from GAIA™ PVC-free foam and are US Coast Guard and Transport Canada approved.