Gear, and other stuff

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I think we’ve done a fair job of acknowledging the organizations that have stepped up to offer their support as this year’s effort gets underway. Still, it never hurts to give a little shout-out from time to time and with the last showing of The Roadless Coast just a few days away, we are about to switch into high gear as far as expedition planning and film pre-production is concerned. So, before that happens, here’s a formal “Thank You” to the companies and organizations that are helping make The Ikkatsu Project a reality here in 2013.

First of all, Thanks to Oikonos for being our non-profit partner. We’re looking forward to helping with the development of protocol for remote monitoring of sea birds for plastic debris and Oikonos is the organization that’s in the driver’s seat there. Thanks for believing in us.

Second, a huge thanks goes out to Kokatat for providing us with the finest paddling wear on the planet. We’d be wearing it anyway, whether Kokatat was on board or not, because there is nothing else we trust to keep us safe and dry in some of the most demanding conditions anywhere. It is the best and we are honored to be a part of something that good.

The whole endeavor would be impossible without kayaks, now wouldn’t it? When we first approached Seaward Kayaks to find out whether they’d be interested in providing us with boats for this year’s expedition, we didn’t really think it would happen. I mean, Seaward is the gold standard in sea kayaks, made in North America the way that great kayaks have been built for a long time… by hand, in small sets, by expert craftsmen who know what they are doing. These are no mass-produced pop-out boats, sprung from a factory somewhere in Shangzhen. We’ll be paddling Quest x3’s and they are the real deal… we are really, really excited to be a part of the Seaward team.

Werner paddles are hands down the best paddles that you’ll ever find. We’re lucky enough to have bent shaft Kalliste 220’s for the Augustine expedition and we couldn’t be happier. Then, nobody does neoprene like Snapdragon Designs.. we’ll be sporting their spray skirts this year (a huge improvement over the tattered skirts we had last year.) Rainshadow Coffee will be waking us up in the morning (not always an easy proposition), and Rite-in-the-Rain is once again providing the waterproof paper we’ll be using for the surveys and the ingestion studies.

There are other possible sponsors in the works… we’ll pass that information on as it becomes available. But for now, we just want to publicly thank the companies and organizations above for supporting us in the pursuit of adventure and science that this year’s trip promises to be.

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