The paddling community will gather tonight at the 2013 Canoe & Kayak Awards in Salt Lake City, to celebrate paddling’s best athletes, expeditions, causes, films, and spirit. The ceremonies begin at 7:30 p.m. mountain time (9:30 East, 8:30 Central and 6:30 Pacific). Tune in to,, and #CKAwards for results and reactions throughout the Biggest Night in Paddling.

Suspense is running high. Will Ben, Evan or Rafa take Male Paddler of the Year? Which filmmaker will be recognized with the Film Achievement Award? And, of course, who will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for their longstanding and significant contributions to paddling?

Start looking for updates at 7:30 p.m. Mountain time, via live Twitter feed and Instagram #CKAwards as we announce each winner. Also, it’s not too late to vote for photo of the year, whether you’re at home or celebrating with us in Salt Lake City where the Photo of the Year gallery is on display at the party venue.

If you’re in Salt Lake, please join the celebration at Pierpont Place, 163 West Pierpont in downtown SLC. Doors open at 6 p.m., and it’s open admission until we reach maximum capacity.