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Kokatat athletes nominated for National Geographic Adventurers of Year

ARCATA, California – Kokatat athletes Ben Stookesberry, Chris Korbulic and Freya Hoffmeister have been nominated by National Geographic as Adventurers of the Year. National Geographic is asking the public to vote daily for the People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year. Voting is open now until January 31, 2016.

Stookesberry and Korbulic, along with fellow paddlers Ben Marr and Pedro Oliva completed a source-to-sea first descent of remote rivers in Papua New Guinea this summer. The expedition required helicopters to reach the put-in and featured several grueling portages not to mention the challenging paddling. To learn more about their adventure and vote for them visit

Hoffmeister was nominated for her record breaking circumnavigation of South America that she completed this spring after 16,700 miles over four years. To learn more about her harrowing journey and vote for her visit

Kokatat has along heritage of sponsoring the world’s best paddlers and providing its best in class paddling gear to limit pushing expeditions.

Learn more about Kokatat’s award winning gear and the explorers and expeditions they support at

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 and follow Kokatat on Facebook , Twitter at “@kokatat” and on Instagram at “@kokatatusa”.