Red Carpets are generally a celebratory experience, filled with excitement and anticipation, where guests flaunt the latest fashions and talk about upcoming projects. Minus the mohawks, baggy attire and river sandals, the Canoe & Kayak Awards were no different. Every personality who stepped to the microphone was in fine form and completely amped to share the night with their paddling peers. The following are a few nuggets of goodness we captured as the sport’s most colorful celebrities entered the event. —Joe Carberry
|Evan Garcia on the Red Carpet|
Male Paddler of the Year winner Evan Garcia talks about where he’s been the last year and what he thinks of the sport and its athletes.
|Adriene Levknecht on the Red Carpet|
Female Paddler of the Year nominee Adriene Levknecht at the Canoe & Kayak Awards discusses her switch from creekboating to freestyle for the 2013 Freestyle Kayaking World Championship in North Carolina.
|Jason Craig on the Red Carpet|
Paddle with Purpose presenter Jason Craig to his time in recovery and how the kindness of others brought him back to the sport he loves.
|Tommy Hilleke on the Red Carpet|
Male Paddler of the Year presenter Tommy Hilleke talks about where he thinks the sport is heading.
|Rob Lesser on the Red Carpet|
Lifetime Achievement winner Rob Lesser talks about his life as a hardcore paddler during the 1980s and 1990s—most notably his first descent of the Stikine, which has stood the test of time in whitewater accomplishments.
|Tom Sherburne on the Red Carpet|
C&K Senior Editor Joe Carberry interviews Shred Ready’s Tom Sherburne about all he’s seen with the progression of paddling.