“The story of Sarah and Justine’s 101 day ordeal is amazing, moving and, above all inspiring. My admiration is unbounded.” – Ranulph Fiennes
“In the summer of 2014, Justine Curgenven and Sarah Outen traversed the Aleutian Islands, completing what was, in my mind, perhaps the greatest, as yet undone, technical sea kayak expedition in the world. The film is spectacular, full of high adventure, a touching friendship, and some of the most magnificent scenery on earth”. - Jon Turk
No-one has succeeded in kayaking the length of the remote and stormy Aleutian Islands which stretch from Russia to Alaska. Explorers Justine Curgenven and Sarah Outen set out to paddle 2,500km along the archipelago to the nearest road confronting more than 20 long crossings which separate the tiny unpopulated islands. Sarah faces an even more formidable challenge as this is part of her round-the-world human powered journey and she has limited kayaking experience. Alone for 101 days in one of the windiest, roughest places on earth, these two women are swept away from land by unknown currents, pounded by rough seas and approached by bears. Experiencing an edge-of-your-seat journey, they gain a rare insight into themselves, the rich wildlife and the lives of the few people who live in this harsh yet beautiful landscape.
This film has won 8 international awards:
Grand Prize at Graz Mountain Film Festival
Best Spirit of Adventure Film at Sheffield Mountain Film Festival, U.K.
Best Spirit of Adventure Film at L’Ecrans D’Aventure, Dijon, France
Best Film at the Kayak Film Festival, Germany
Best Kayaking film at the Llanberis Mountain Film Festival, U.K.
Best Kayaking film at the Reel Paddling Film Festival, Canada
Best Sea kayaking film at the Waterwalker Festival
Best Adventure film at the Waterwalker Festival
2nd in People’s Choice, Kendal Mountain Film Festival, U.K. & at SHAFF, UK
Finalist at Banff & Vancouver Mountain Film Festivals
“Superb filming to go with a superb adventure! Justine and Sarah are kayaking alone through one of the most challenging and dangerous environments in the world. It is incredible that not only did they make it, but that they were able to create a high quality documentary without a film crew following along. Their film not only communicates the hardships and dangers of the expedition, but also conveys the rich backdrop of wildlife and culture in this region. A definite 5 out of 5 stars.” - Colin Angus.
Read Reviews of the DVD here.
The DVD includes a 55 minute film festival version and a 70 minute Directors Cut.
Bonus material includes 4 extra films:
Sea kayaking with Whales and waves in the largest tidal range in the world at the Bay of Fundy,
Strait Flush: a downwind stormy paddle in Wales and
2 shorts of surfing at Tofino, Vancouver island with The Hurricane Riders.
Total running time is approx. 155 minutes.
Shot in HD, widescreen 16 x 9.
The DVD was released on 14th February 2015. RRP is £19.99 / US $29.95 for the DVD.
To purchase the NTSC version (USA/ Canada/ South America Japan) click here.
To purchase the PAL version ( UK / Europe / Australasia) click here.
For a high definition download click here.
To stream the film directly onto your phone/ tablet / computer or TV click here.
“Kayaking the Aleutians” TOUR
Justine showed the film or gave a presentation in 31 locations in the US & Canada from Februrary – April 2015. She’s also presenting in Germany, Norway, Ireland & the UK.
This page will be continually updated as plans get firmed up and more venues added.
Check the current schedule here.