I have a friend, Sean, who is absolutely mad about whitewater kayaking. I have the ability to kayak on a very calm lake, but if I ever attempt anything even remotely approaching whitewater kayaking, make sure the fellows on the rescue teams have plenty of equipment to drag the bottom of the river. If I were ever crazy enough to attempt to paddle through rapids like the fellow pictured above seems to be enjoying, I would want a good dry suit. It would need to be technically advanced, of the highest quality and of course it would need to be made by members of our extended American family. In short, it would need to be a Kokatat dry suit.
In 1971, Steve O’Meara and some of his buddies began making paddle sports apparel and gear in Arcata, CA; Kokatat was born. Today, Steve and 150 members of our extended American family make the finest paddling apparel in the world. All their products are backed by a lifetime guarantee against defects in manufacturing or materials and in the unlikely event that a Kokatat product you buy actually breaks, you can send it to their repair service facility inside the Arcata factory to get it fixed.
Steve and his family members at Kokatat are very concerned about the environment. Understandable given the natural beauty of Arcata.
In order to maintain a low-carbon footprint, in 2010 Kokatat installed one of the largest solar photovoltaic systems in Northern California, which powers much of Kokatat’s manufacturing equipment.
I urge you to check out this short video on Kokatat regarding Steve’s philosophy about running a firm that hires members of our extended American family. If you want to learn about the founding of the Kokatat firm and its business philosophy, please watch this longer video.
By making sure that you buy Kokatat kayaking gear for your next expedition, you will be getting two benefits for the price of one! First, you will get the best dry suit in the world, so you can forget about getting wet and cold on the river. And second, you will know that your purchase is providing employment to 150 members of our extended American family living and working in Arcata! So go grab some Kokatat gear and get paddling!