Award presented by whitewater icon, Rob Lesser.
2012 MALE PADDLER OF THE YEAR: ISAAC LEVINSON
AGE: 22 / ATLANTA, GEORGIA
KNOWN FOR: Bringing his slalom skills to creek races
THIS YEAR: 2011 Green Race champion, North America's top finisher in the inaugural AWP Whitewater World Series (No. 2 overall), Noccalula huck
WHAT'S NEXT: Run at the AWP crown, defending his title on the Green
Levinson, a Green Race podium fixture for the last few years, is making his run at a world title with a win at the 2012 AWP series' first stage, the Little White Race, with race partner Evan Garcia. At April's U.S. Olympic Team Trials, he finished ninth in the hyper-competitive K-1 class, also earning him a spot on the Under-23 national slalom team. As part of the three-man team to first run Alabama's Noccalula Falls at the end of 2011, Levinson will have a stacked schedule of race events around continuing to explore new whitewater runs.