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July 2021

BA Fishing set to Premiere July 31st

BA Fishing

Heliconia, the video production company behind the award-winning TV shows Epic TrailsFacing Waves and Chad Hoover Fishing, is excited to announce that its newest series, BA Fishing, is set to premiere on Bally Sports Network July 31st.

Premiering this summer, 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.

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.

There will be plenty of opportunities to catch the adventure as BA Fishing is distributed to over 93 million US households across the US on the 27 regional sports networks that make up Bally Sports Network. Between airings, viewers may access inspiring content on the BA Fishing Facebook page, Instagram account and YouTube Channel.

Tourism destinations interested in being featured on BA Fishing are encouraged to reach out to Heliconia’s Tourism Partnership Manager, Stefanie Manton-Ward, at stefanie@helipress.com. Brands interested in partnering with BA Fishing can reach out to Heliconia’s Brand Partnership Manager, Malvin Young, at malvin@helipress.com.

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.

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. 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.

Facing Waves, Season 8 – Episode 5: Paddling Norfolk County, Ontario

The fifth episode of Facing Waves, Season 8 is set to hit airwaves Saturday, July 10th on Bally Sports Network.

In this episode, host Ken Whiting explores the waterways of scenic Norfolk County in Southern Ontario. Tune in to catch Ken paddle a beautiful, winding river known as the ‘Canadian Amazon’, and try his hand at fishing from a peddle kayak for the first time in the marshlands of Lake Erie.

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.

The Kayak Fishing Show presented by Seaguar – Season 12, Episode 2: Kayak Fishing in the Louisiana Marshes

The second episode of Season 12 of the long-standing hit show, The Kayak Fishing Show presented by Seaguar, is set to hit airwaves July 10th on Bally Sports Network. The episode is slated to air 74 times this month alone!

In this episode, host Jim Sammons heads back to Louisiana, this time to the marshes, where he and his good buddy Jameson Redding hunt for bull drum and big trout.

About The Kayak Fishing Show: A San Diego, California native and certified fish and game licensed guide, Jim Sammons is recognized worldwide as a pioneer of big game kayak fishing. With his trademark fedora and his numerous special appearances on a variety of national fishing shows, Jim has become the most recognizable kayak angler in North America. But it is his infectious enthusiasm for the sport, his lively personality, and his passion for sharing the sport with others that has made him one of the most popular kayaks angler in the world. Each 30-minute TV episode airs nationwide on Bally Sports Network.

Chad Hoover Fishing presented by Fishing Chaos – Season 10, Episode 2: Kayak Fishing Kissimmee, Florida

The second episode of Season 10 of Chad Hoover Fishing presented by Fishing Chaos is set to hit airwaves July 8th on Bally Sports Network. The episode is scheduled to air 36 times to date.

In this episode, Chad heads down to Kissimmee, Florida and explores the freshwater lakes on his endless hunt for big bass.

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.

Best Adventure Trips

Over the last year, thanks to COVID lockdowns, I have been dreaming of the day when I could travel and enjoy new paddling destinations again. I have had the good fortune to visit many of the top paddling destinations around the world while filming the Facing Waves television series, and with COVID having put travel plans on hold, I definitely have the itch to get back out there and explore!

Facing Waves has brought me to so many incredible locations, and so picking my favorite is no easy task. Now in its 8th season, each destination that I’ve visited while filming Facing Waves has had something unique to offer – not just in terms of paddling, but also in the people who live there and the cultures and that I’ve been fortunate to experience. And while choosing a favorite isn’t easy, thanks to this past year of limited travel but unlimited daydreaming, I’ve put together a list of top locations that stand out for one reason or another.  

I will be publishing the list ‘Best of Facing Waves: Top Paddling Destinations’ throughout the summer / fall / spring on this blog and across social media (GoPaddle on FB and Paddle365 on Instagram).  I thought this list of locations would be something worth sharing with my fellow adventure travellers and daydreamers. I hope you’ll be able to get out and start visiting these incredible paddling destinations again soon, if you haven’t already done so!

So, without further ado, I’d like to introduce you all to the world-class paddling destination that is Juneau, Alaska! I filmed an episode of Facing Waves in Juneau in Season 5, and as you’ll see below, it is first on my list for good reason.

Juneau, Alaska had glacial adventures, incredible up-close wildlife encounters and the most pristine wilderness I’ve ever seen. It tops my list because it far exceeded my expectations! I would look around in wonder while sea kayaking and I would see a bald eagle, then a sea lion, then salmon jumping, and then over in the distance a humpback whale would breach. And while I was paddling my kayak in awe, you quickly realize that this is just another normal day in Juneau, Alaska. After all – there is more wildlife than people there!

One moment from my trip to Juneau, Alaska that I will remember forever was when a humpback whale came up to surface nearby our kayaks, and then dove deep and swam by us. Being that close to a humpback whale is exhilarating – if not a bit terrifying. It felt like a bus was going by and all you could do was stay out of the way.

Another surreal experience in Juneau, Alaska was my visit to Mendenhall Glacier. The deep blue ice caves offer adventurers a once in a lifetime experience, and because the ice caves are constantly changing, each visit will be different.

I’ll be posting videos and photos of Juneau, Alaska for the next few weeks on social media, so be sure to follow along. I will also be sharing the next location for my 2021 list ‘Best of Facing Waves: Top Paddling Destinations’. Stay tuned!

For more info on travel in Juneau, check out the Travel Juneau web site!