Sea Kayakers Marcus Demuth and Biff Wruszek set off December 16th
Arcata, Calif., (December 15, 2009) – Kokatat, a 38‐year‐old, independent paddlewear and
accessories company, is proud to sponsor “Tierra del Fuego,” the latest expedition from sea
kayakers Marcus Demuth and Biff Wruszek. On December 16th, 2009, the pair will set out to the
southernmost tip of Patagonia to attempt the first circumnavigation of Isla Grande Tierra del
Fuego ‐ South America’s largest island. Demuth and Wruszek will use this expedition to raise
funds and awareness for an athletics‐based non‐profit.
Kokatat is supplying the team with everything from life jackets to dry suits, insulation, and
paddling shoes. “Kokatat has supported Marcus on two other expeditions and we fully back his
adventurous spirit and philanthropic efforts,” said Michael Duffy, Kokatat’s director of
marketing. “We know when Marcus picks an expedition it’s guaranteed to put some incredible
demands on our product. Our GORE‐TEX Expedition dry suits were at the top of Marcus and
Biff’s gear list,” Duffy said.
This 60 day expedition will start from the southernmost city in the world – Ushuaia, Argentina ‐
where Demuth and Wruszek will complete the 1,000‐mile trip in a counter‐clockwise direction,
paddling in one of the harshest maritime climates in the world.
Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, called the “uttermost part of the Earth” by 1800’s‐era explorer
Lucas Bridges, is thought to be one of toughest coastlines in the world.
“We’re certain to experience the beauty of the 100‐mile‐wide Cordillera Darwin; the abundant
maritime wildlife; and the charm of the Patagonian people living in this remote region,” Demuth
said. “But most of all we are proud to affiliate this expedition with ‘Achilles,’ a non‐profit based
out of our hometown New York,” Demuth added.
Achilles is a non‐profit that enables people with all types of disabilities to participate in
mainstream athletics. The expedition will raise funds and awareness, and collect gently‐used
paddling gear, for the organization’s participants.
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