Aquapac Outdoor Champion Daniel Fox embarks on Columbia River paddle for a cause

Tuesday, 01 September 2009
Aquapac LogoPortland, ORE., September 1st, 2009 - Early Monday morning kayaker and photographer Daniel Fox pushed his boat into the Columbia River in Portland, Ore., beginning a 130-mile paddle to the Pacific Ocean with the goal of raising money and awareness for three charities: Disabled American Veterans, Team River Runner and

Fox, named Aquapac’s 2009 Outdoors Champion earlier this summer, is joined by Andy Maser, a professional kayaker and filmmaker. The duo, who often use kayaking to spotlight conservation and wildlife awareness, are making the trip with the hopes of customizing it into an annual 5-day paddle trip for disabled veterans.

Team River Runner gives military veterans and their family members an opportunity to find health, healing, and new challenges through paddling sports while WeLoveCleanRivers is an Oregon-based volunteer group advocating for clean waterways.

Updates on the paddle can be found on Twitter (@amaser and @kitsunekeimou) and the Century Paddle Facebook Group. The journey can also be tracked live at the Spot Adventures Web site.

“The event will double as a fundraising event for Team River Runner and a local river conservation group, We Love Clean Rivers,” said Fox, founder of the Wild Image Project. “We hope to benefit both the Columbia River watershed, and those recovering from injuries sustained while serving our country.”

In addition to Aquapac, Fox is sponsored by Dagger, Kokatat and Brunton. Maser is sponsored by NRS, Dagger, Keen and Spot.

“We’re please Daniel is taking such an active role in using outdoor recreation as one way to trumpet the need for social and environmental causes,” said Aquapac president Tim Turnbull. “My only wish is that I had the chance to join Andy and Daniel in the river.”

Fox and Maser will also lead hundreds of kayakers, canoeists and paddleboarders on the Willamette River in downtown Portland on Oct. 24 to form a giant floating "350.” is an international campaign dedicated to building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis – the solutions that science and justice demand. The Oct. 24 gathering will be the flagship event for "River of Action," an effort to get paddlers across the country to rally.

In November, Fox will head to Argentina and Maser to Brazil and Laos, paddling in places to raise the profile of conservation efforts in at-risk ecosystems.

Aquapac is a London-based company, with U.S. headquarters in Oyster Bay, N.Y. It produces 100% waterproof, 100% use-through cases that create a virtual second skin for personal electronics, photography equipment, maps and other essential items.

Aquapac has named Fox as its 2009 Outdoor Champion for his work on the Wild Image Project, a photographic exploration of ecosystems and wild animals in need of conservation.

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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