2012 Male Paddler of the Year, Isaac Levinson. Go to CKAwards.com for the full results, photos, and video from the event. Photo: Adam Elliott

The paddling community came together on Thursday night, 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.

Go to CKAwards.com or click HERE for a full recap with photos and video from the event.