The paddling community came together on Thursday, August 2, for the first time ever, to celebrate the year’s best and most inspiring paddlers, movies, expeditions, and philanthropic efforts during the inaugural 2012 Canoe & Kayak Awards, presented by Zeal Optics, in downtown Salt Lake City. And after 12,000 votes, an all-star cast of presenters announced the deserving, reader-selected winners.

Click HEREfor a full recap, and HERE to watch highlights from the full 56 minute video above.