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Aquapac’s Outdoor Champ Sarah Outen completes 1st leg of adventure

Finishes 11,000 mile paddle and kayak from London to Japan. Second leg begins in May.

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LONDON – Aquapac’s 2011 Outdoor Champion Sarah Outen biked into Tokyo earlier this week, completing the first stage of her attempt to travel around the world entirely under her own steam.

The first of a planned five-stages, Outen’s trip began April 1, 2011 when she left London in her kayak. From there, she biked and kayaked 11,000 miles over 227 days. En route, she biked through 12 countries, traversed the Gobi Desert, and made four sea crossings, including paddling her kayak across La Perouse Strait from Russia to Japan.

“Sarah is a rare and remarkable adventurer,” said Tim Turnbull, CEO of Aquapac. “Two years ago she became the first woman to row across the Indian Ocean, and now she’s pushing the limits again. By using only her own muscle power to circumnavigate the globe, she’s expanding our understanding of what’s possible.”

The second leg of Outen’s journey is scheduled to begin in the spring when she will launch her record-breaking attempt to become the first woman to row solo, west to east across the North Pacific ocean. She’ll leave Choshi, Japan in May and row to Vancouver – a total of 4,300 nautical miles. On board with her will be a wide array of protective, waterproof cases from Aquapac.

“I have enjoyed working with Aquapac these last few years, and am proud to have been their Outdoor Champion for 2011,” Outen said. “Their gear has served me and my equipment very well so far and I have already put in my order for the Pacific row next year.”

Designed to reward individuals whose accomplishments highlight the blend between conservation and recreation, the annual Aquapac Outdoor Champion program comes with a cash prize of $1,500 and a supply of Aquapac’s 100% waterproof protective cases.

The London-to-London expedition is raising funds for Coppafeel!, Jubilee Sailing Trust, MND and Wateraid. Outen has schools from around the world connecting with her on her journey – she is also working with Digital Explorer to provide downloadable curriculum based lesson plans via her website

ABOUT AQUAPAC: Aquapac is a London-based company, with U.S. headquarters in East Norwich, N.Y. It produces 100% waterproof, 100% use-through cases that create a virtual second skin for personal electronics, photography equipment, maps, documents and other essential items. Follow Aquapac on Facebook and on Twitter (@Aquapac).

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