As the expression goes, "nothing last forever." So when your favourite paddling accessory reaches its twilight years, did it give you enough love and performance over its lifetime to be worth it? The feedback that we get from our customers here at North Water on this question is a consistent and fervent "YES!"

Aged Sea Tec Tow Line
Photo Credit: Justine Curgenven

Justine Curgenven of Cackle TV is an award winning Sea Kayak film maker, instructor, explorer busy working and paddling all around the world. Her last North Water Sea Tec Tow Line accompanied her for over 17,000 kilometers of paddling adventures over the last 11 years. It was regularly used to tie her kayak to various rocks/ building/ piers, dragging her kayak through shallow water, being used as a washing line for clothing, and of course towing people. She was still using her Tow Line up until the day she sent it back to us for R & D and got a nice shiny new one in return.

Justine was a little sad to see it go, but studying to see how and wear it wore helps us to ensure that we get better at what we do so you can count on a very very long life your your North Water Gear just like she and countless others do!

Justine Curgenven Sea Kayak
Photo Credit: Justine Curgenven
  • Bass Strait: 500 km

  • Haida Gwaii: 1,000 km (30 days)

  • New Zealand (South Island): 2,400 (46 days)

  • Sardinia: 900 km (30 days)

  • London- France & Russia to Japan: 500 km

  • Ireland: 1,400 km (42 days)

  • Tierra del Fuego: 1,400 km (30 days)

  • Aleutians: 2,500 km (67 days)

  • Indonesia: 1,000 km (40 days)

  • Vancouver Island: 1,200 km (32 days)

  • TOTAL: 12,800 km

Above is a comprehensive list of the expeditions seen by Justine's trusted Tow Line. When you add on another 4,500 km of general paddling over the course of 11 years, you reach the impressive figure of over 17,000 km travelled.

Justine Curgenven Sea Kayak
Photo Credit: Justine Curgenven

All gear is an investment.  Make sure you invest smartly with gear that provides returns. If you want to get the most out of your investment you need to make sure that it is going to stand up season after season.  North Water has been making the highest quality paddling safety gear and accessories for over 30 years.  Invest wisely, let North Water help you and the paddlers you love get home safely year after year after year.  


  • I have worn the tow belt for many years and feel nothing out there can come close to my northwester gear. We provide them for our guides at Martha’s Vineyard Eco Adventures. Not to mention my using my tow line around the world for so many uses besides towing!

    Paul VanLandingham on


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