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Wednesday, 15 April 2015 00:00

Update on #kayakfishingforjames - the ATAK is back!

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If you have been following the fishing media about the James Lebowitz Memorial Cal Poly Pomona Scholarship, you have already seen some incredibly generous acts of kindness. Multiple manufacturers have donated kayaks to help raise money for the fund.

A custom Jackson Kayak “Kraken” was put up for auction, and a Native “Redfish 12” and a Wilderness Systems “ATAK” were part of a memorial sticker raffle. The raffle was co-hosted by Yak Gear and YakAttack, and finished at midnight on March 29. The winners were announced the next day by Paul Lebowitz, James’ father. In yet another unbelievably generous act, the winner of the ATAK has donated it back to be auctioned off, with all proceeds going to the fund.

The ATAK is the newest of member of the Wilderness Systems fleet and is slated to start shipping on April 20 – the day the auction ends. If you bid and win, you will not only jump in front of a line of people waiting for this kayak, you will assist the fund in helping to honor a young man who saved five lives with his own. Here is the link for the auction; bid and remember #kayakfishingforjames!


If you still would like to purchase a memorial sticker, they are available at both Yakattack and Yak Gear. If you would like to donate as a person or organization, you can contact Paul Lebowitz on Facebook. There is still a long way to go, but the generosity of the paddling community has been something to behold.

Last modified on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 21:28
Chris Funk

Chris Funk is an avid outdoorsman and rabid photographer. He tells folks his life revolves around 6 "F"s, his Faith,Family,Fur,Fins,Feathers and Fotography. He paddles all over the Southeast with his bride Angie and son Ethan. They fish for any critter that will tighten a line and it doesn't matter if it is with conventional gear, fly gear or bowfishing gear. He and his son are on the Jackson kayak fishing team and the whole family helps with an awesome group called Paddle4Tomorrow that gets people with special needs out for a day of paddling.

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