The James Lebowitz memorial decal. Proceeds go to support a scholarship in James's name.

The James Lebowitz memorial decal. Proceeds go to support a scholarship in James’s name.

All of us at Kayak Fish are humbled by the outpouring of support for our editor, Paul Lebowitz, who lost his son James to a cerebral aneurism last month.

This morning, Yak Gear, Yakattack and Native Watercraft announced that they have teamed up to help the Lebowitz family raise money for a Cal Poly Pomona scholarship fund in honor of James, who was an 18-year-old freshman at the university when he died January 13.

Details on the fundraiser can be found at the James Lebowitz Memorial Sticker page at the Yak Gear website, and a soon-to-be-published Yakattack website listing.

Though Yakattack and Yak Gear are business competitors, the two companies decided to combine forces on behalf of the Lebowitz family. Native Watercraft joined the effort with the donation of a Redfish 12 fishing kayak in Hidden Oak Camo as the prize in a raffle connected with the sticker campaign.

Stickers can be purchased for $5.99. An additional $10 buys a chance to win the kayak. All proceeds will go to the scholarship fund.

The kayak fish community–including companies large and small to everyday anglers–has rallied in support of the Lebowitz family. Jackson Kayak and Wilderness Systems also have pledged boats to raffle in support of the scholarship fund. Stay tuned to Kayak Fish for announcements regarding those programs.

Friends, family and the kayak fishing community will gather at La Jolla, California for a paddle-out and remembrance on Feb. 23. All are welcome.

Please share with the hashtag #kayakfishing4james.

Read Paul’s story about how James launched his career as a kayak fishing writer.

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