Puma announces its media crewman

Extreme skiing and kayaking ace gets the camera and cooking job with Ken Read's team

Wednesday April 20th 2011, Author: Lisa Ramsperger, Location: United States

Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg Propulsion has announced the appointment of Arden Oksanen to the Media Crew Member (MCM) role aboard the team's Mar Mostro for the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012.

Oksanen, 36, from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA, is the final member of Puma’s 11-strong sailing team and completes the line-up. The Puma Ocean Racing crew has been carefully crafted to combine the utmost skills, physical endurance and competitive spirit as the sailors prepare to compete in the 39,000 mile long race around the world over nine months.

Oksanen hails from the worlds of extreme skiing and kayaking with 14 years experience in producing, directing, shooting and editing action sports programming. New to sailing but no stranger to the world of adventure sports, he will put his sea legs to the test using his expertise as an adventure storyteller to produce video, image and audio content of the Puma Ocean Racing team.

Oksanen has previously been the recipient of Kayak Magazine's No. 1 and No. 2 best kayak films of all time awards, in addition to numerous other industry accolades. As Puma’s MCM, Oksanen’s primary duty will be as the boat’s cameraman, editor, director, writer, photographer and radio correspondent. He will be tasked with capturing all of the on-board action from remote waters and broadcasting it via the latest technology to computers and living rooms around the world through the Puma and Volvo Ocean Race websites and social media platforms. As stipulated by the Volvo Ocean Race regulations, MCMs aboard the Volvo 70s are not permitted to assist in sailing; however, in addition to his media responsibilities, Oksanen will be pressed into duty in the boat’s 'galley', preparing meals for the crew during each race leg.

Talking about his new role Oksanen explained, “I live on the ‘buy the ticket, take the ride’ philosophy. I’m a mountain guy, so the opportunity to race around the world with world class sailors, challenge myself and capture the story as it unfolds was a once in a lifetime adventure I couldn’t pass up.”

Skipper Ken Read said: “I think even Arden would admit that we are taking a bit of a flyer with him as our MCM choice. Imagine if you wanted to start running competitively and your first race was the Boston Marathon? This is going to be a heck of an experience for Arden, a true rookie to sailing. But, he is anything but a rookie to the world of extreme sports programming. We are totally psyched to give sailing a bold new look, and the entire team welcomes Arden with open arms. His position is critical to PUMA, the Volvo Ocean Race and sailing in general.”

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