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Film  ·  Events  ·  Culture  ·  People  ·  14-17 Nov 2019

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Erik Boomer

Pro kayaker and National Geographic Adventurer Of The Year Erik Boomer.

Erik has many strings to his CV including pro kayaker, pro photographer and a featured athlete in
numerous adventure films. His 
confident approach to challenges on and off the river has earned him the title ‘The Honey Badger of Kayaking’. In 2011 with Jon Turk he circumnavigated Canada’s Ellesmere Island, a feat never before accomplished. 1,485-miles on skis, in kayaks, and on foot, considered by polar experts to be the last great unattempted polar expedition, so daunting due to its remoteness and dangerous ice conditions. The duo dragged their 220-pound, 13.5-foot kayaks 800 miles across flat ice until the ice broke up with the spring thaw and they were able to paddle through open water. The journey took 104 days, including being mugged by polar bears. “I’m used to taking risks in short bursts, like in a single rapid or waterfall,” says Boomer. “This trip was so long, the risk so sustained and impossible to plan for.”

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