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July 2021

Epic Trails – Trip Report: South Dakota

Filming for Season 5 of Epic Trails is underway, and recently host Eric Hanson and crew wrapped up a shoot in beautiful South Dakota. This shoot took Eric through Badlands National Park and the Black Hills, along with special guest and fellow backpacker, Dan Becker.

Below is an excerpt from Eric’s blog post about his experience:

South Dakota might just be one of the most surprising states in the country. Bring up South Dakota and you might think of rolling grasslands and farmland as far as the eye can see, but that does the state little justice. It’s probably not regarded as one of the top adventure destinations. But it should be!


I traveled to South Dakota to film an episode of Epic Trails with a tiny bit of skepticism in my heart. But that just shows how little I know about this gem.

First, I traveled into Badlands National Park, which is popular and frequently trafficked with its ease of access from the freeway, and of course, made better with a stop in the quirky little town of Wall. After eating Buffalo Burgers and getting scared by the animatronic T-Rex, I wandered into the Badlands to hike the Notch Trail. The Badlands is a unique national park, not known as much for hiking as it is a drive through time and odd geology. But there is hiking! There are certified, actual trails with a maze of strange features that hikers are welcome to clamber atop as they please.

But the Badlands wasn’t my main reason for visiting; I came to explore The Black Hills, an incredible pocket of granite spires and pine trees, rich with surprising beauty. There is so much to explore and do here, and I was attempting to do as much as possible.” – Eric Hanson

Click here to read the full article!

About Epic Trails: Epic Trails is an exciting and inspiring adventure travel media series that follows host, Eric Hanson, as he explores the people, places, and adventures surrounding the world’s top hiking destinations. Each 30-minute TV episode airs on Outside TV, 27 regional networks, and internationally through National Geographic Channel—Asia and Extreme Sports Channel across Europe. Episodes of Epic Trails aired over 2,200 times in 2020. Learn more about the series at www.heliconia.ca. Networks interested in carrying Epic Trails are encouraged to reach out to Heliconia’s Vice-President, Brendan Mark, at brendan@helipress.com.

Facing Waves, Season 8 – Episode 7: Sea Kayaking Killarney Provincial Park

The seventh episode of Facing Waves, Season 8 is set to hit airwaves Saturday, July 31st on Bally Sports Network.

In this episode, Ken Whiting explores the freshwater fjords and alpine lakes of Killarney Provincial Park.

Be sure to check your local listings for a full airing schedule.

About Facing Waves: A World Champion kayaker, the author of twelve best-selling instructional books and videos on paddling, and a YouTube influencer with approximately 14 million views to his videos, Ken Whiting is the host of Facing Waves. A multifaceted media project, Facing Waves celebrates the cultures, landscapes and adventures that surround the world’s top paddling destinations. Each 30-minute TV episode airs on Outside TV, Bally Sports Network, and internationally through Nautical Channel. Networks interested in carrying Facing Waves are encouraged to reach out to Heliconia’s Vice-President, Brendan Mark, at brendan@helipress.com.

BA Fishing – Season 1, Episode 1: Home Sweet Home – Jupiter, FL

Heliconia’s newest tv series, BA Fishing, is set to premiere July 31st on Bally Sports Network! The episode is slated to air 54 times to date.

In the premiere episode viewers will meet Bri as she explores the fishing adventures around her home-base of Jupiter, Florida. Bri explores the waters on her Sea-Doo, goes spearfishing, paddleboarding, diving, backwater fishing and more. In reminiscing about catching her first fish on a Mickey Mouse rod at three years old, Bri says “I remember thinking… ‘I want to do this everyday’ ”.

Be sure to check your local listings for a full airing schedule.

About BA FISHING: BA Fishing is a thrilling and engaging new show that documents the adventures of expert angler, free-diver, paddler and all-around outdoor adventure enthusiast, Bri Andrassy. The series will follow Bri as she embraces the salt life and rides the Florida waves—whether it be from her stand-up paddleboard, kayak or her Sea-Doo—on her ongoing quest for adventure. Each 30-minute TV episode airs on the 27 regional sports networks that make up Bally Sports Networks. Networks interested in carrying BA Fishing are encouraged to reach out to Heliconia’s Vice-President, Brendan Mark, at brendan@helipress.com.

Chad Hoover Fishing Season 10, Episode 5: Kayak Fishing Columbia, South Carolina

The fifth episode of Season 10 of Chad Hoover Fishing presented by Fishing Chaos is set to hit airwaves July 31st on Bally Sports Network. The episode is scheduled to air 17 times through to the end of the month.

In this episode, Chad Hoover continues his search for big bass on Lake Murray in Columbia, South Carolina.

Be sure to check your local listings for a full airing schedule.

ABOUT CHAD HOOVER FISHING: Starring funny-man Chad Hoover, Chad Hoover Fishing presented by Fishing Chaos is an engaging and entertaining fishing show jam packed with thrilling kayak fishing action and valuable fishing tips. The Telly Award winning TV series is designed to excite and educate viewers—whether or not they have ever considered fishing from a kayak. Each 30-minute TV episode airs nationwide on Bally Sports Network. Brands interested in partnering with Chad are encouraged to reach out to Malvin Young at malvin@helipress.com. Learn more about the series at www.heliconia.ca.

Facing Waves, Season 8 – Episode 6: Paddling the Madawaska River

The sixth episode of Facing Waves, Season 8 is set to hit airwaves Saturday, July 24th on Bally Sports Network.

In this episode, for the first time ever, host Ken Whiting trades his whitewater kayak for a whitewater canoe on the Madawaska River. Be sure to tune in and follow this kayaker’s adventure with a single blade.

Be sure to check your local listings for a full airing schedule.

About Facing Waves: A World Champion kayaker, the author of twelve best-selling instructional books and videos on paddling, and a YouTube influencer with approximately 14 million views to his videos, Ken Whiting is the host of Facing Waves. A multifaceted media project, Facing Waves celebrates the cultures, landscapes and adventures that surround the world’s top paddling destinations. Each 30-minute TV episode airs on Outside TV, Bally Sports Network, and internationally through Nautical Channel. Networks interested in carrying Facing Waves are encouraged to reach out to Heliconia’s Vice-President, Brendan Mark, at brendan@helipress.com.

Chad Hoover Fishing Season 10, Episode 4: Kayak Fishing Clemson, South Carolina


The fourth episode of Season 10 of Chad Hoover Fishing presented by Fishing Chaos is set to hit airwaves July 24th on Bally Sports Network. The episode is scheduled to air 36 times throughout the month of July.

In this episode, Chad Hoover hunts for monster bass in Clemson, South Carolina, where he’s challenged to a friendly competition by a local angler.

Be sure to check your local listings for a full airing schedule.

ABOUT CHAD HOOVER FISHING: Starring funny-man Chad Hoover, Chad Hoover Fishing presented by Fishing Chaos is an engaging and entertaining fishing show jam packed with thrilling kayak fishing action and valuable fishing tips. The Telly Award winning TV series is designed to excite and educate viewers—whether or not they have ever considered fishing from a kayak. Each 30-minute TV episode airs nationwide on Bally Sports Network. Brands interested in partnering with Chad are encouraged to reach out to Malvin Young at malvin@helipress.com. Learn more about the series at www.heliconia.ca.

Heliconia Announces Departure From The Kayak Fishing Show with Jim Sammons

After twelve incredible years, this will be Heliconia’s final season producing The Kayak Fishing Show with Jim Sammons.

The first, and longest running kayak fishing show, The Kayak Fishing Show with Jim Sammons has captured hearts and inspired anglers from all over the world. Jim’s passion for the sport, charismatic personality, and ability to overcome challenges has kept fans tuning in year after year.

A San Diego, California native and certified fish and game licensed guide, Jim has long been recognized worldwide as a pioneer of big game kayak fishing. The past twelve seasons of The Kayak Fishing Show has brought Jim to incredible destinations including Panama, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Brazil, Mexico, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Sweden, and to top angling destinations in the US and Canada. Jim’s adventures have had him catching salmon, halibut, all types of bass, tarpon, yellowtail, roosterfish, redfish, muskie, pike, alligator gar, snapper, dorado and everything in between.

While this is the final year that Heliconia will be producing The Kayak Fishing Show with Jim Sammons, fans can be certain that Jim’s fishing adventures will not stop. More than 170,000 fans now follow Jim on The Kayak Fishing Show’s Facebook Page , while 40,000 subscribers follow him on his Kayak Fishing Tales YouTube Channel. Armed with a fishing kayak, reel, rod, and the open water – the question isn’t whether Jim’s fishing adventures will continue – it’s where those adventures will take him.

ABOUT HELICONIA:

Heliconia is an award-winning video production company that helps destinations and brands reach the US adventure travel audience. The company produces nine unique media projects, providing authentic storytelling opportunities for every adventure and every destination. These series include: Epic TrailsEpic Trails: Mountain BikingFacing WavesAdventure CitiesGreat Family AdventureBA FishingPeak ExperienceChad Hoover Fishing and The Kayak Fishing Show. Heliconia has a proven formula that marries inspiring video production with guaranteed television and digital distribution, ensuring that your message is heard by the adventure travel community in a unique and impactful way. For more information, visit www.heliconia.ca.

For information on the future of The Kayak Fishing Show please reach out to Jim Sammons at Kayak4fish@gmail.com.

Chad Hoover and Realtree 365 Partner for Exclusive Toad Trips Series

Heliconia, the video production company behind award winning tv series Chad Hoover Fishing presented by Fishing Chaos, is excited to announce that Chad Hoover’s Toad Trips will be available for streaming exclusively on Realtree 365 beginning the week of July 19th.  

Chad Hoover’s Toad Trips follows host, Chad Hoover, on his many bass-filled kayak fishing adventures.  The digital episodes are being made available exclusively on Realtree 365 – a free app that allows you to stream the best of the outdoors into your living room or into the palm of your hand through all streaming devices.

This season’s Toad Trips take Chad on a range of kayak fishing adventures. From Kissimmee, Florida to Happy Valley, Pennsylvania, Chad experiences some of America’s most unique fisheries from the seat of his kayak. He meets up with special guests along the way, shares tips, tricks, and inspirational advice all the while chasing that elusive top-water bite.

There will have plenty of opportunity to watch Chad’s Toad Trips this season, thanks to the project’s exclusive streaming on Realtree 365. Chad Hoover fans can also head over to the Chad Hoover TV YouTube Channel for a continuous release of content. Currently over 104,000 subscribers strong, Chad Hoover TV is home to thousands of hours of entertaining and education videos tailored for both new anglers, as well as for those who have been kayak fishing for years.   

ABOUT HELICONIA: Heliconia is an award-winning video production company that helps destinations and brands reach the US adventure travel audience. The company produces nine unique media projects, providing authentic storytelling opportunities for every adventure and every destination. These series include: Epic Trails, Epic Trails: Mountain Biking, Facing Waves, Adventure Cities, Great Family Adventure, BA Fishing, Peak Experience, Chad Hoover Fishing and The Kayak Fishing Show with Jim Sammons. Heliconia has a proven formula that marries inspiring video production with guaranteed television and digital distribution, ensuring that your message is heard by the adventure travel community in a unique and impactful way. For more information, visit www.heliconia.ca.

ABOUT REALTREE: Realtree is the world’s leading camouflage designer, marketer, and licensor with over 1,000 licensees utilizing the Realtree camouflage brand. Thousands of outdoor and lifestyle products are available in Realtree camouflage patterns. In addition, Realtree is committed to supporting individuals and groups that work to ensure our outdoor heritage, the conservation of natural places, and the wildlife that resides there. Find Realtree on Realtree 365, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and at Realtree.com.

Great Family Adventure – Season 1, Episode 2: Bentonville, Arkansas

The second episode of Great Family Adventure is set to premiere July 17th on Bally Sports Network. The episode is slated to air 79 throughout the month of July!

In this episode, Pro Kayakers Nick Troutman and Emily Jackson continue their family road tripping adventures in Bentonville, Arkansas. A mecca of outdoor adventure and family fun, Bentonville is known affectionately as the Mountain Biking Capital of the World. In addition to exploring the region’s bike-friendly attractions, the family enjoyed time camping, paddling, exploring an epic indoor climbing gym and more.

Be sure to check your local listings for a full airing schedule.

ABOUT GREAT FAMILY ADVENTURE: Great Family Adventure is an exciting fast paced TV series that follows World Champion kayakers, Nick Troutman and Emily Jackson, and their family on an epic family road trip. Join the family as they learn about new cultures, paddle wild rivers, exploring rad bike trails, swim in the ocean, and camp out under the stars. Each 30-minute TV episode airs on Outside TV and the 27 regional sports networks that make up Bally Sports Network. Networks interested in carrying Great Family Adventure are encouraged to reach out to Heliconia’s Vice-President, Brendan Mark, at brendan@helipress.com.

Chad Hoover Fishing Season 10, Episode 3: Kayak Fishing with BlueSky

The third episode of Season 10 of Chad Hoover Fishing presented by Fishing Chaos is set to hit airwaves July 15th on Bally Sports Network. The episode is scheduled to air 33 times throughout the month of July.

In this episode, Chad steps into a new style of fishing kayak, while chasing big bass, snakehead and redfish in Florida. He tries out the Bluesky Boat Works Angler 360 for the very first time, saying “I’ve never done a show where the first time my butt touched the seat was on camera!”

Be sure to check your local listings for a full airing schedule.


ABOUT CHAD HOOVER FISHING: Starring funny-man Chad Hoover, Chad Hoover Fishing presented by Fishing Chaos is an engaging and entertaining fishing show jam packed with thrilling kayak fishing action and valuable fishing tips. The Telly Award winning TV series is designed to excite and educate viewers—whether or not they have ever considered fishing from a kayak. Each 30-minute TV episode airs nationwide on Bally Sports Network. Brands interested in partnering with Chad are encouraged to reach out to Malvin Young at malvin@helipress.com. Learn more about the series at www.heliconia.ca.