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Facing Waves, Season 8 – Episode 3: Whitewater Kayaking the Ottawa River

The third episode of Facing Waves, Season 8 is set to hit airwaves Saturday, June 19th on Bally Sports Network and Friday, July 9th on Outside TV. The episode is scheduled to air more than 74 times this month alone!

In this episode, host Ken Whiting challenges himself with the huge rapids and epic surf waves of the Ottawa River’s Main Channel, and then heads down the Middle Channel with his ten year old daughter for their first trip ever with her in her own kayak.   

The Ottawa River is recognized around the world as one of the top whitewater kayaking destinations. It has warm water, big rapids and epic surf waves, which is why many of the world’s top paddlers have come from the Ottawa. It is also why Ken decided to call this place home over 20 years ago.

A lot can happen in 20 years, and while Ken still enjoys playing in the huge rapids, he now gets to bear witness to the new generation of whitewater kayakers as they build their skills and love of the outdoors.

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.

Epic Trails, Season 4 – Episode 3: Backpacking Uganda, Part 1

The third episode of Epic Trails, Season 4 is set to hit airwaves June 17th on Outside TV and Bally Sports Network. The episode is slated to air 71 times to date.

Backpacking Uganda, Part 1 is the first of two episodes filmed in The Pearl of Africa. In this episode, Eric Hanson treks through the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to see the fabled mountain gorillas.

“Uganda is one of only three countries in the world where mountain gorillas remain in the wild. And while Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo are doing their part to care for these endangered species, Uganda boasts being home to approximately half the remaining gorillas in the wild, as well as the most mountainous and wild terrain in which to experience them”. – Eric Hanson, Uganda: Exploring the Pearl of Africa

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


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 that make up Bally Sports, and internationally through National Geographic Channel—Asia and Extreme Sports Channel across Europe. Episodes of Epic Trails aired over 2,200 times in 2020. Networks interested in carrying Epic Trails are encouraged to reach out to Heliconia’s Vice-President, Brendan Mark, at brendan@helipress.com.

Chad Hoover Fishing: Trip Report – Happy Valley, Pennsylvania

The final film shoot of Chad Hoover Fishing presented by Fishing Chaos was captured last month in Happy Valley, Pennsylvania!

Happy Valley is known for its outdoor beauty. The mountains, the spectacular views… and of course the incredible fly fishing!

Those who know Chad know he’s not just a kayak bass angler, and this film shoot allowed him to flex his fly fishing muscles. Fans will be able to catch all the action when the episode airs on Bally Sports Network later this summer.

In the meantime, be sure to head on over to the Chad Hoover YouTube channel for special sneak peeks.

ABOUT CHAD HOOVER FISHING: Starring funny-man Chad Hoover, Chad Hoover Fishing 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. 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.

Upgrade Your Paddling Sweepstakes Winner

We are pleased to announce a winner in the UPGRADE YOUR PADDLING SWEEPSTAKES! Steve Rowan is the happy winner of a paddling trip with TRAK Kayak’s NEW Paddling Trip Passport, an Aqua Bound Tango kayak paddle, a Yakima JayLow kayak rack, an Orion Cooler and a swag bag from TRAK Kayaks. Steve is quoted as saying “Amazing” when he replied to the email we sent him announcing he won the contest. We hope Steve enjoys the paddling gear upgrades.

We had a lot of interest from the paddle community with over 2700 entries! This was a fun sweeps with our partners. We thank them for the support and a big thanks to all the paddlers who entered the contest. Stay tuned for future chances to win more paddling gear. Check out our partner sites and have fun paddling this summer!

Epic Trails, Season 4 – Episode 2: Backpacking Durango, Colorado

The second episode of Epic Trails, Season 4 is set to hit airwaves June 8th on Outside TV and June 9th on Bally Sports Network. The episode is slated to air 63 times to date.

In this episode, Eric Hanson travels to the mountain towns of Durango and Telluride, Colorado to explore the backcountry by ski, snowshoe, and ice axe.

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

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 that make up Bally Sports, and internationally through National Geographic Channel—Asia and Extreme Sports Channel across Europe. Episodes of Epic Trails aired over 2,200 times in 2020. 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 2: Paddling the Petawawa River

The second episode of Facing Waves, Season 8 is set to hit airwaves Saturday, June 12th on Bally Sports Network and Friday, July 2nd on Outside TV. The episode is scheduled to air 72 times…and counting!

In this episode, host Ken Whiting sets out on a 5-day wilderness camping adventure in Algonquin Park with two of his best friends, Brendan Mark and James McBeath. Together, the crew paddles the Petawawa River, one of the top multi-day canoe trips in eastern North America. Rather than take canoes, however, they decide to run the river in fishing kayaks and a raft.

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.

Heliconia Wins 4 Medals at the 2021 Telly Awards!

Each year, at this time of year and dating back to 1979, the Telly Awards have been dealt to the top productions in the TV, film, commercial, and digital space. With the world in ‘pandemic mode’, production across all modern visual platforms has been a challenge. This year’s awards saw many of the world’s top production houses overcoming the challenges presented to show off one of the strongest film and TV making line ups ever at the Telly’s; with Heliconia coming away as one of the top producers with four awards!

Heliconia was able to plan, shoot and produce full seasons of content through all the challenges and with their inspirational storylines. With classic capture of incredible locations, community leading influencers guiding the way for audiences and incredible footage and editing, Heliconia was able to enter four amazing pieces and catch they eye of the judges. Epic Trails and Paddle Tales won two awards each at this year’s Telly Awards.

Summary of awards:

  • Epic Trails: The Backpacking Experience is the Silver Telly Winner in Online: Motivational (Official Listing)
  • Epic Trails: My Near-Death Canyoning Experience is the Silver Telly Winner in Online: Nature/Wildlife (Official Listing)
  • Paddle Tales: Kayaking the Canadian Amazon is the Bronze Telly Winner in Online: Travel/Tourism (Official Listing)
  • Paddle Tales: The New Generation of Whitewater Kayakers is the Bronze Telly Winner in Online: Webseries: Non-Scripted (Official Listing)

Special shout outs to our team for an incredible effort in bringing these productions to fruition. Please visit www.tellyawards.com to check out all the incredible winners in the class of 2021.

BA Fishing – Trip Reports: Florida, 2021

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.


Film shoots for the first season of BA Fishing took place last month in beautiful, sunny Florida. The first episode was filmed in Jupiter, Florida, where Bri calls home. The crew filmed Bri exploring the waters on her Sea Doo, spearfishing, paddleboarding, diving, backwater fishing and more.

The second episode was filmed in Lee County, Florida. In this episode, Bri met up with Mike Hammond of Lee County Parks and Recreation, and his daughter Kaya. The three went fishing and Bri was reminded of her very first fishing trip with her Dad, which just happened to have taken place in Lee County many years ago. It was here that Bri, at the age of three, caught her first fish on a Mickey Mouse rod. Needless to say, she was hooked.

The weather was tough for these film shoots, with strong winds that hampered plans for tarpon fishing and primitive camping among other things. Despite the challenges, if the trip photos are any indication, the BA Fishing crew captured some incredible content that will make for awe-inspiring tv.

Stay tuned.

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 lift 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 interested in carrying BA Fishing are encouraged to reach out to Heliconia’s Vice-President, Brendan Mark, at brendan@helipress.com.

The Kayak Fishing Show presented by Seaguar – Florida 2021 Trip Report

The Kayak Fishing Show presented by Seaguar crew returned from their final film shoot last month. Below is the trip report as told by the man, the myth, the legend, the host himself… Jim Sammons.


We are back from our shoot in Florida with A Band of Anglers’ Patrick Sebile and my Jackson Kayak teammate Bart Swab, and I am happy to say we had fantastic weather for a change.

As Patrick is based in Lake Wales, Florida, dead center of the peninsula, our plan was to stay flexible and run to whichever coast had the better weather and predicted fishing, for two days of saltwater fishing and then spend two days on the freshwater lake at Patrick’s house.

Arriving late evening in Florida, then spending a couple hours rigging gear and our Jackson Kayaks meant hitting the bed around midnight, and then back up at 3:00 am to make the two hour run to Hutchinson Island on the East Coast of Florida. We arrived to a “Nude Beach” sign (more on that later) and schools of bait off the beach, with rolling tarpon of other fish crashing through them. Unfortunately, by the time we had geared up and had schlepped the kayaks across the soft sand to the water, we were a bit late for the early morning bite.

We covered a lot of miles and spent about ten hours in the Jackson Kayak Bite Angler, and for a boat of its size it was very capable and comfortable off the beach. With my Raymarine Element mounted to the rail via the YakAttack Lock and Load system, I was able to get to a drop-off we wanted to work and saw the large bait and larger fish schools in the area. The volume of fish in the area – huge schools of Jacks, Tarpon, Spinner Sharks, Barracuda and Cobia – was really was amazing to see. Unfortunately, though we saw lots of fish, they, for the most part, were lock jawed. We did manage to get a couple spinner sharks and Patrick hooked something too big and fast to stop, stealing all his line. Before the shoot, Patrick had suggested we look into getting the Anchor Wizard systems for our boats and he was right. Installed on our boats, these anchors allowed us hold position and thoroughly fish the area.

Heading back in the evening, a bit of a storm came in. We were greeted on the beach by way too many naked bodies that were way too comfortable being naked while talking to non-naked people. I have never been so uncomfortable talking to people about kayak fishing. Of course, it is things like this that make the best stories years after a shoot.

A two-hour drive back to Patrick’s house, followed by two hours of sleep, and then another two hour drive, brought us to the other coast, near Tampa. Here we met at the Power-Pole facility to pick up a couple of new units for our boats for that days’ skinny water fishing. Huge thanks to Curt for meeting up with us at 5:30 am for the special delivery. In this shallow water, the Power-Pole was such a huge asset; I know that if I fished this water regularly, I would always have one on my boat. With the new adapter plate available for the Jackson Kayak Bite Angler, mounting the Power-Pole was simple. I loved having the ability to stand-up paddle on the Jackson Kayak Bite Angler, and with the remote, raise and lower the Power-Pole whenever I wanted to sight cast to the many fish we saw.

There were good numbers of reds and snook in the area with plenty of trout as well. Blame it on the moon phase or just bad luck – the fish, again, were not really wanting to cooperate, at least compared to the number of fish we saw. According to my Raymarine Element, we covered about ten miles, and again, the Jackson Bite was a very capable little boat. Though we didn’t crush any big fish, we did get several reds, small snook and plenty of trout on a variety of Band of Angler lures – as usual, my go-to being the Hyperlastic Dartspin. The highlight of the day was seeing Bart hook into what seemed to be a very big fish that took him under a dock. We worked as a team to get this fish, with Bart jumping in the water to get it out, but it managed to wrap around a piling and break off on some oysters. Heartbreak, but another good story.

Days three and four were spent at the lake at Patrick’s place, which meant no more long drives and a bit more sleep. The lake varied in depth and the combination of the Anchor Wizard on the bow and the Power-Pole on the stern was a perfect setup for fishing the different areas, from open water to lily pads.

The lake fishing really was a savior on the trip as the fish were much more cooperative, particularly in the early mornings and evenings. We all caught good numbers of largemouth bass and a few bowfin. Blowups in the lily pads brought lots shouts, laughs and excitement that could be heard across the lake. Best set ups for me were working any of the weedless lures from Hyperlastic (including the Dartspin, Dartprop and the Curlymin ) slowly through the weeds. I rigged my reels with Seaguar Smackdown braid with a short topshot of Seaguar Gold Label or Inshore fluorocarbon. The fluoro helped get the bites, and the braid helped cut through the lily pads so I could land the fish. The lake fishing really made for a great end to the trip.

Being on a trip and being comfortable and successful means having the right gear and here are some of the things I brought along and why.

For a PFD, I brought two for the different days. For the skinny water and the lake, I had my NRS Matic inflatable; on a real hot day, it is pretty hard to beat the comfort of this one. For fishing off the beach, I chose the NRS Chinook OS. With its pockets and attachment points, it is perfect for holding my Standard Horizon VHF radio, PLB, and small tools.

In the hot sun, the NRS Varial hoodie was the perfect shirt. With a hood and built-in neck gator, it really is the ultimate in sun protection. On a pedal boat, particularly, I prefer to have something on my feet, and the NRS Vibe shoes were awesome. Comfortable to stand in and pedal all day.

Being out on the water all day, you never know what might happen, so bringing the right safety gear is key. We each carried a Standard Horizon VHF radio and I also had my ACR PLB. As well, I carried one of the NRS first aid kits attached to my seat, along with my cell and any other items I might need in NRS Ether Hydrolock Drybags, which, though not sure it was intended, did allow the use of my cell phone through the bag, which was a big bonus in protecting the phone from the salt water and from loss.

For the different types of fishing we were doing (salt and freshwater), I brought a variety of Seaguar fluorocarbon including Gold Label, Inshore, Pink Label and Premier, and all my reels were loaded with smackdown braid. Having the right line for different situations is always key, and the reason we use Seaguar.

Having the right line for different situations is always key, and the reason we use Seaguar.

Rigging on a pedal kayak is a little different than I am used to, but as always, YakAttack makes it easy. With the combination of the gear track, mounting plate, fish finder mount and lock and load system, putting my Raymarine Element onto the boat was a breeze, when hooked up to the Nocqua waterproof batteries.

The opportunity to fish with Patrick Sebile was, as always, fun and educational. I often find myself just soaking in whatever I can from him. Getting the chance to not only fish with his lures but to see the different ways he rigs and fishes with them is something I will never take for granted. We can’t thank him enough for hosting us on this trip. Also, a big thanks to Bart Swab from Action Kayak Adventures for all his help on the trip, bringing us kayaks for the shoot and shuttling them all over the state.

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’s 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. Brands interested in partnering with Jim 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 1: Kayaking the Rideau Canal

The premiere episode of Season 8 of the award-winning tv series, Facing Waves, is set to hit airwaves Saturday, June 5th on Bally Sports Network, Thursday June 17th on Nautical Channel and and Friday, June 25th on Outside TV. The episode is slated to air an incredible 80 times this month alone!

In this episode, host Ken Whiting sets out to explore the historic Rideau Canal by mothership, sea kayak and fishing kayak. Joining Ken is his wife Nicole and their eight year old daughter, Chelsea. Together, the family experiences a lot of “firsts” – first time vacationing on a Le Boat houseboat; first time exploring the Rideau Canal (126 miles of canal that run throughout Eastern Ontario); and first time paddling through the historic canal locks.

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.