Voting Now Open for Canoe & Kayak Awards
Movie of the Year and Reel of the Year

And Canoe & Kayak Magazine Needs YOU to Rank The Best of the Best

San Clemente, CA (June 27, 2012)Canoe & Kayak magazine is pleased to announce that voting for the first annual Canoe & Kayak Awards presented by Zeal Optics is now open in all categories. The awards honor paddling’s most inspiring people, expeditions and films, chosen by paddlers. Vote online at The awards presentation and celebration will take place Aug. 2 at Pierpont Place in downtown Salt Lake City, coinciding with the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market trade show.

Voting opens today for Movie of the Year and Reel of the Year. Polls opened last week for Male and Female Paddler of the Year, Expedition of the Year and the Paddle with Purpose Award, which honors philanthropic efforts by and for paddlers. The recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award will also be announced at the Aug. 2 Canoe & Kayak Awards celebration.

The nominees represent the remarkable diversity and talent found in modern paddling, but leave us with some tough decisions: How do we choose between short films like NRS and Forge Motion Pictures Of Souls + Water: The Nomad, which features Erik Boomer dropping 73-foot Sahalie Falls, and Andy Maser’s The Craziest Idea, which documents the two largest dam removal projects in history? How do you compare Pete McBride’s film about paddling the length of the Colorado River with Amongst It’s Canoe Movie II, which follows the first OC-1 descents of North Carolina’s Toxaway River and numerous Colorado steep creeks? Can you really compare groundbreaking expeditions like the Ellesmere Circumnavigation (1,500 miles over ice and Arctic waters) and the Grand Inga Project (the first descent of the world’s biggest rapids)?

How do we choose? The answer is, we don’t. You do.

Go to to meet the nominees, see their stories in words, photographs and videos, and cast your vote.

Special thanks to our partners for their support of the first-ever Canoe & Kayak Awards: Zeal Optics, Kru Vodka, Shred Ready, Necky Kayaks, Body Glove and NRS.

Be sure to follow Canoe & Kayak magazine on and on Twitter @CanoeKayakMag (#CKAwards) for updates on the Awards and voting.

About ZEAL Optics
Zeal Optics is based in Boulder, Colorado and known for revolutionary advances in performance eyewear. ZEAL’s passion is creating some of the world’s best performing sunglasses and goggles for those that enjoy an active lifestyle. Located in the mountains, ZEAL is built forlake living, mountain fun and every kind of active adventure in between. Every ZEAL sunglass frame is made from Z-Resin, a plant-based resin made from castor bean oil instead of crude oil, creating not just a “green line” but making the entire full line of eyewear eco-friendly. Stay tuned to ZEAL Optic’s Facebook page at for more updates.

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