Seminar 5: Justine Curvengen, sea kayaker, traveller, film-maker
Who is this Woman?
British woman, Justine Curvengen, a television journalist and multi-skilled programme maker, set up her own production company in 2001 to specialise in travel and adventure programmes.
Justine considers herself as much an explorer as a programme maker, so Cackle TV Productions is an ideal excuse to explore, kayak, travel and have adventures as often as possible.
Since her first crossing from Jersey to Sark in the British Channel Islands, Justine’s love of sea kayaking expeditions has grown into an obsession. One of her oddest trips was the first circumnavigation of Wales by sea kayak, a country not renowned for being an island. The feat was managed by paddling up rivers and through the canal system.
From late January to April this year, Justine will team up with fellow Brit, Barry Shaw, to attempt a 2700 kilometre continuous circumnavigation of New Zealand’s South Island. Only four paddlers have achieved the goal before.
What does she Do?
Cackle TV Productions combines Justine’s love of wet, wild nature, action-packed adrenaline and exercise, with her background in professional television.
Her company has filmed, directed and produced documentaries and programmes for the BBC and National Geographic Channel, including the Junior Wild Water Racing World Championships.
Using a specialised waterproof minicam, Justine shoots water sports, as well as mountain biking, winter mountaineering and climbing. She often runs, swims, cycles and kayaks after competitors on adventure races with her camera.
In 2004, Justine made the first ever sea kayaking action video to show the world how exciting and dynamic sea kayaking is - This Is The Sea. You can find out more about Justine and Cackle TV Productions at www.cackletv.com.
What this Adventure Heroes Seminar will Cover
Justine has worked hard to create the life she now has, putting herself in the right kind of jobs to learn the technical skills needed to make television programmes. Not only that, she is a committed and competitive sportswomen, learning the skills needed to take on serious kayaking adventures.
We’ll talk with Justine about how she identified her dream, and set about achieving it.
We’ll ask her about the hard lessons she learnt as a wanna-be freelancer, and how she got her big break at the world surf kayak championships in California.
We’ll ask her what the critical moments were that keep her believing in her dream, against the odds.
We’ll find out how she overcame her fear on her first solo trip – around Iceland’s west fjords. What mistakes were made, what lessons were learnt, and how these contribute to her life.
We’ll ask Justine if there is anything she would do differently if she were beginning again. And we’ll talk with her about her personal heroes, and why they inspire her.