Voting for the fourth annual Canoe & Kayak Awards opened June 21, and continues through July 21. A production of Canoe & Kayak magazine, each year the C&K Awards recognize the world's best in the sport of paddling, as voted on by the paddling community.
Last month, C&K asked readers to nominate the athletes, expeditions, causes and adventures that best represent the sport of paddling. A panel of accomplished paddlers and C&K editors reviewed the resulting list and selected the nominees for Male and Female Paddler of the Year, Expedition of the Year Presented by Nexen Tire, Paddle With Purpose, and the Spirit of Adventure Award. The nominees include:
EXPEDITION OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY NEXEN TIRE
Asia Rivers Zand Martin and Bria Schurke
Aleutian Islands Crossing Justine Curgenven and Sarah Outen
Destination Torngat Chris Korbulic, Ben Stookesberry, Pedro Oliva, and Ben Marr
South Georgia Island John Jacoby, Chris Porter, Andrew Maffett, and Jim Bucirde
South America Circumnavigation Freya Hoffmeister
Canada from Coast to Coast Mike Ranta and Spitzii
SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE
Montana to Dallas Keith Lynch
Blind Grand Canyon Descent Erik Weihenmayer and Lonnie Bedwell
Seven-Month BWCA Solo Gary Fiedler
Volga Source-to-Sea West Hansen and Jeff Wueste
Missouri/Mississippi River Speed Descent Paul Gamache
Solo Volga Source-to-Sea Mark Kalch
Fastest Circumnavigation of Vancouver Island Russell Henry
Grand Canyon Speed Descent Ben Orkin and Harrison Rea
Labrador Passage Peter Marshall and Andrew Morris
PADDLE WITH PURPOSE
Paddle to D.C.
Juanito de Ugarte Memorial Scholarship
Nepal Kayak Club
Kayak for Safe Passage Kids
Inner City Kids Kayaking Camp
MALE PADDLER OF THE YEAR
FEMALE PADDLER OF THE YEAR
Katrina van Wijk
Now, the final decision is in the hands of the paddling community. Visit CKAwards.com from June 21 to July 21 to see all of the nominees and cast your vote.
The awards presentation and celebration will take place on Aug. 5 at Pierpont Place in Salt Lake City, during the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market trade show. At the event, the Dream Your Adventure $10,000 Expedition Award presented by Nexen Tire will also be presented to one lucky applicant to fund the paddling trip they've always dreamed of taking.