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Kokatat Supports Record-Attempting Expeditions to South Korea and Irel

Sea Kayaking Cornwall partners divide across the world to conquer paddling feats

ARCATA, Calif., (Feb. 4, 2011) Kokatat, the 40 year-old independent paddle wear and accessories company, is proud to support the expedition efforts of Kokatat Ambassadors Simon Osborne and Jeff Allen, owners of Sea Kayaking Cornwall, an adventure kayak guiding company. Osborne will depart Feb. 15 for the “Kayaking Korea” expedition, while Allen will depart Aprill 22 for the “Round Ireland” circumnavigation.

Osborne and expedition partner Marin Medak will attempt to become the first people to successfully paddle the coast of South Korea. The expedition is expected to take 4-6 weeks and cover over 1200 kilometers. Regional political instability could present challenges to the duo, not to mention average winter temperatures below zero.

“With the cold wintery climate and completely new culture this is set to be one of the greatest challenges to date,” said Osborne.

On April 22, Team Expedition Paddler, comprised of Allen, Chris Millington and Harry Whelan will commence their record attempt to circumnavigate Ireland by sea kayak. In 1990, Mick O’Meara and team set the current record time of 33 days; Allen and team are aiming to complete their expedition in 28 days.

“Ireland is a special kind of challenge,” said Allen. “Besides the challenge of establishing a new speed record we will also have to journey down Ireland’s remote and exposed west coast, high cliffs, heavy surf and strong winds. It will test the team’s commitment to the full.”

The team has dedicated their expedition to raise money and awareness for the Ovarian Cancer Action Charity. Check out the website for more info:

Kokatat is proud to sponsor both expeditions and will provide select key gear including the GORE-TEX® Expedition Dry Suit to survive the expected cold and variable weather conditions in both locations.

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