The New Big Guns

2010 Rider of the Year Awards

Not since the IR Big Gun Show dissolved over four years ago has the best in whitewater boating been celebrated in annual peer-juried awards. Canadian paddler Patrick Camblin is attempting to recapture the prestige of being acknowledged as the best in the sport with the new Rider of the Year awards. Camblin's awards pick up where the Big Gun Show left off, with nominations being accepted until Feb. 25 for top overall boater, expedition, photographer, video, freestyle paddler, trick, drop, line and carnage.

"Back in the day the Big Gun Show was an event that everyone wanted to be a part of," says Camblin, who was a 2004 Big Gun award-winner. "It really gave boaters a platform to showcase their talents."