Canada, 19 minutes, 2012
Directed by Markus Pukonen, Produced by Wade Luzny
Monday February 11th, 7:30pm
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In April of 2012, four men stepped on the world's most technologically advanced rowboat and began circumnavigating Vancouver Island. They rowed 24/7 using only the muscle power of their bodies to propel the 29ft boat. 700 km of the wild west coast where currents reach speeds that can spin tankers on a dime and throw them on the rocky shoreline.
Their mission was to gather data on the changing marine environment and share their findings and experiences with children, universities, and the interested public. Using advanced satellite technologies they would communicate daily to the world. With so much on the line the team would be tested to their limits by west coast storms, giant tankers, house sized waves, and their own mental strength.
Director, Markus Pukonen
Markus’ background in filmmaking and human-powered adventures provide him with a unique lens through which to view and record life at sea on a rowboat. Although he just started rowing in the spring, he is bizarrely confident that he can now row across an ocean.
Markus is an expedition guy at heart, having climbed Huayna Potosi (6080m) in Bolivia, biked 2,500km of the US Pacific coast and standup paddleboarded across the Georgia Strait (55km) in 10 hours. The record securing trip and his efforts highlighted the marine environmental work of the Georgia Strait Alliance.
He is currently planning a human-powered circumnavigation of the world in support of grassroots environmental organizations. Born and raised in Toronto, he now surfs waves and plays with his nieces in Tofino, BC on Vancouver Island.