CARLSBAD, Calif., June 27, 2016 — Voting for the fifth annual Canoe & Kayak Awards is now open through July 20. 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 results 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:
MALE PADDLER OF THE YEAR
Alec Voorhees / Aniol Serrasolses / Ben Marr / Bren Orton / Dane Jackson / Evan Garcia / Gerd Serrasolses / Jîrî Prskavec / Michal Smolen / Mike Dawson / Pat Keller / Rush Sturges
FEMALE PADDLER OF THE YEAR
Adriene Levknecht / Ashley Nee / Claire O’Hara / Emily Jackson / Jessica Fox / Mariann Saether / Martina Wegman / Natalie Kramer Anderson / Nicole Mansfield / Nouria Newman / Sage Donnelly
PADDLE WITH PURPOSE
A Million Strokes for a Cure
Outward Bound Canoeing for Veterans
Paddle Without Pollution
Inner City Kids Kayaking Camp
On the River
SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE
Ben Orkin Grand Canyon Speed Descent
Mick O’Meara Ireland Speed Circumnavigation
Disappearing Rio Grande Source-to-Sea Expedition
Grey Beard Adventurer Dale Sanders Mississippi Source-to-Sea
Paddling Home Alberta to Quebec
Together to the Tundra 600-mile family journey
EXPEDITION OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY NEXEN TIRE
First Descent of Papua New Guinea’s ‘Grand Canyon Pacific’
The ‘Unclaimed Circumnavigation’ of the Svalbard Archipelago
Rediscover North America: A Journey from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Ocean
Blue Gold Paths, from Montreal to the Mackenzie River
The awards presentation and celebration will take place on Aug. 4 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.
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