Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Justine Curgenven's 'Kayaking the Aleutians' DVD

We're pleased to annouce that we'll have the first stock of British filmmaker Justine Curgenven's new DVD, 'Kayaking the Aleutians, here later in the month.
The sneek preview we've seen features the wild beauty of this brutal island chain, interwoven with the story of Justine and round-the-world adventurer Sarah Outen traversing the archipelago by sea kayak.

The summary of the film is below:

"No-one has succeeded in kayaking the length of the remote and stormy Aleutian Islands which stretch from Russia to Alaska. Explorers Justine Curgenven and Sarah Outen set out to paddle 2,500km along the archipelago to the nearest road confronting more than 20 long crossings which separate the tiny unpopulated islands. Sarah faces an even more formidable challenge as this is part of her round-the-world human powered journey and she has limited kayaking experience. Alone for 101 days in one of the windiest, roughest places on earth, these two women are swept away from land by unknown currents, pounded by rough seas and approached by bears. Experiencing an edge-of-your-seat journey, they gain a rare insight into themselves, the rich wildlife and the lives of the few people who live in this harsh yet beautiful landscape."

When paddler Jon Turk paddled in the Aleutians many years ago he described the many crossings between unpopulated islands as “the greatest, as yet undone, technical sea kayak expedition in the world”, and on this film he added that  “The film is spectacular, full of high adventure, a touching friendship, and some of the most magnificent scenery on earth”.

As you can see from the trailer the film features the guys using Mick MacRobb's Flat Earth Sails, quite possibly in the most testing environment in which they have been deployed.

In my eyes no single person has done more to haul sea kayaking as a sport into the modern age, with her emphasis on adventure in all it's forms, great magazine-style story telling usually accompanied by a rollicking soundtrack, and cinematography which led the way for paddling films which have followed. This film continues Justine's fine body of work, and like all of her previous efforts, is a ripping good yarn to boot.

It'll be on the shelf at EK from February 15, available from the DVD section of our ONLINE STORE for $34.95 (remember that orders over $50 include national delivery). Pre-order your copy now.

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