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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.

Epic Trails – Season 4, Episode 1: Backpacking Utah’s Canyon Country

The premiere episode of Season 4 of the award-winning tv series, Epic Trails, is set to hit airwaves June 3rd on Bally Sports Network and on Outside TV. The episode is slated to air 83 times this month alone!

In this episode, Eric Hanson explores Utah’s breathtaking slot canyons on a multi-day backpacking adventure. Joining Eric on her first overnight backpacking trip is his partner, Kristi Rauckis. Together, the two cover miles of trail through spectacular and imposing canyons, visit centuries old pictographs, experience freezing temperatures and a number of other challenges that threatened to derail their epic trip.

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, 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.

Great Family Adventure: Trip Report – Bentonville, AR

Premiering this summer, Great Family Adventure is an exciting and inspiring TV series that follows World Champion kayakers Nick Troutman and Emily Jackson on a new-age family road-trip. The Troutman/Jackson family explore the country, meet unique people, paddle wild rivers, explore hiking trails, mountain bike rad single track, swim in the ocean and camp out under the stars. Along the way, they experience new cultures and expose their children to adventures of a lifetime.

The second film shoot for Great Family Adventure took place in Bentonville, Arkansas – a mecca of outdoor adventure and family fun. Bentonville is known affectionately as the Mountain Biking Capital of the World. With a trail for every rider and all ages, from beginner riders keen to enjoy nature, to the most adventurous of riders wanting to test their skills, the region has it all. It is without surprise that the Troutman/Jackson family spent a lot of time on two wheels while vising the area!

In addition to exploring the region’s bike-friendly attractions, the family enjoyed time camping, paddling, exploring an epic indoor climbing gym and more.

Catch all of the Troutman/Jackson adventures on OutsideTV and Bally Sports beginning this July! In the meantime, be sure to check out the excitement on Great Family Adventure Facebook and Instagram pages.

About Great Family Adventure: Great Family Adventure is an exciting and inspiring TV series that follows World Champion kayakers, Nick Troutman and Emily Jackson, and their family on a new-age 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. Networks interested in carrying Great Family Adventure are encouraged to reach out to Heliconia’s Vice-President, Brendan Mark, at brendan@helipress.com.

We’re Hiring: Production Manager

Interested in joining a fun, dynamic, and totally unique business that produces outdoors and adventure travel TV and digital series from around the world? 

Heliconia, is looking for a full-time Production Manager. The Production Manager’s role is to ensure filming for our productions (TV episodes, digital videos/series, commercial work) runs as smoothly as possible and meets the needs of all stakeholders. The Production Manager’s primary responsibility is to organize and coordinate Heliconia shoots. This includes researching locations to identify filming opportunities, managing filming plans with tourism partners and/or brands, coordinating and communicating plans with everyone involved with shoots (filming team, host, special guests, guides), and managing the logistics involved with shoots. 

The successful candidate must be a strong communicator, very organized, personable, self-guided, motivated, and a determined problem solver. The Production Manager works under the direction of the Director of Productions. This is the second Production Manager position within Heliconia.  Both production managers will manage their own projects, independently of each other.

Start Date:  June/July 2021
Location:  Remote or on-site
Type: Full-Time
Salary:  TBD – based on experience

Responsibilities:

  • Work with Director of Productions and/or Project Director to develop appropriate production plans for each project.
  • Lead and manage communications and coordination with tourism and brand partners during all phases of production.
  • Lead tourism partners through the production process.
  • Research filming locations as necessary.
  • Coordinate with brand partners as necessary before, during and after filming.
  • Identify any special partner requests / needs before filming.
  • Gather promotional assets and key information from tourism partners.
  • Follow up with tourism and brand partners after each shoot.
  • Coordinate production logistics
  • Secure any permits required for shoots.
  • Book travel for production team as necessary.
  • Main point of contact for production team members with logistical related issues before and, when absolutely necessary, during shoots.
  • Lead and manage communications with production team before and during shoots.
  • Communicate production plan and production partner needs to production team.
  • Work with the Sales, Marketing, Social Media, and Production teams as required.
  • Identify ways to improve production efficiencies.
  • Fill in, as necessary, within Heliconia’s other departments.


Skills/Qualifications: 

  • Project management or production management expertise
  • Strong communication skills
  • Logistical expertise with strong attention to detail
  • Self-motivated, with ability to effectively multitask and manage time, without supervision
  • Reliable access to a computer and high speed internet if working remotely
  • Significant travel experience is an asset
  • Outdoors experience is an asset

Candidates who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, a person of colour, LGTBQ2S+, and/or a person with a disability are encouraged to apply.

Please send your resume and cover letter to online application portal: https://helipress.betterteam.com/production-manager. Only candidates considered for an interview will be contacted.

About Heliconia

Heliconia is an award-winning video production company that helps destinations and brands reach the International outdoors and adventure travel audience. The company produces a varied and growing number of unique media projects, providing authentic storytelling opportunities for every adventure and every destination. These series include: Epic Trails, Facing Waves, Adventure Cities, The 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. For more information, visit www.heliconia.ca.

Epic Trails, Season 4: Award-Winning Adventure Travel Show Set to Premiere June 3rd

Eric Hanson in Uganda

Heliconia, the video production company behind the hit television show Epic Trails, is excited to announce that Season 4 of the award-winning series will premiere on Bally Sports (previously FOX Sports Network) and Outside TV on June 3rd.

Season 4 of Epic Trails will feature one awe-inspiring adventure after another. Filmed mostly domestically due to COVID-19 restrictions, the episodes will showcase some of the top outdoor adventure destinations in the US, including Utah’s Canyon Country, Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, as well as some unique urban outdoor adventures in San Francisco and Los Angeles, California. The American adventures range from canyoneering, backcountry skiing, ice climbing, urban hiking and exploring East LA’s Taco Row!

In addition to the domestic adventures, the stars aligned in February 2021 when the Epic Trails team was able to safely travel to Uganda where they filmed two episodes for the show. Epic Trails host, Eric Hanson, crossed off a bucket-list item when he went Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest. Unexpectedly, I welled up with emotion [at the sight of the gorillas],” shares Hanson. “I was unprepared for the surge of sentiment at seeing these beautiful creatures. Their humanlike faces, their playful behavior, and more than anything, their soulful eyes tugged at my heart in a way I couldn’t have predicted.

Recognized as one of the top travel adventure series to watch by The Washington Post, there will be plenty of opportunities to catch the show as Epic Trails is distributed to over 100 million US households across the US, and received over 2,200 in 2020 alone. Furthermore, the series is distributed internationally with past seasons reaching 134+ countries, 20+ airlines, the National Geographic Channel-Asia, and the UK based Extreme Sports Network.

Between airings, Epic Trails fans may access inspiring content on the Epic Trail’s Facebook page, Instagram account and blog (www.erichanson.tv). Subscribers to the show’s YouTube Channel, BackpackingTV, will enjoy a steady release of new content including backpacking tips, gear reviews, advice from special guests, and episodes of Trackin’ Dirt – an exciting digital series released in conjunction with Epic Trails.

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

MEDIA: For additional information, or to schedule an interview, please reach out to Heliconia’s Communications Manager, Lauren McIllfaterick at lauren@helipress.com.

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.

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, The Great Family Adventure, BA Fishing, Peak Experience, Chad Hoover Fishing and The Kayak Fishing 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.

Chad Hoover Fishing presented by Fishing Chaos: Trip Report – Kentucky Lake, TN & Stafford, VA

The Production Team behind Chad Hoover Fishing presented by Fishing Chaos recently wrapped up another successful film shoot in southeastern US.

Once all was said and done, three episodes for the upcoming season were filmed. One episode was filmed on Kentucky Lake, TN, and two were filmed in Stafford, VA. Here’s what Director of Photography, Mat Willder, had to say about the episodes captured:

Exploring Kentucky Lake – Paris, TN

In this episode Chad is joined by local angler Anthony Winkleman on Kentucky Lake. Anthony takes the spotlight showcasing the impressive bass fishery. It doesn’t take long for Chad to get ‘bass thumb’ as the fish wouldn’t stop biting. While in town, Chad visits the World’s Biggest Fish Fry and the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Tennessee. 

Pre-Fishing for a Tournament – Stafford, VA

In this episode Chad meets up with local tournament organizer and angler, Greg Nosar, to explore the Tidal Potomic River. As the two fish for bass, they offer advice and insight on how to have more success while fishing new waters. Chad shows off his smart-casting reel before hooking into a monster bass. This episode is filled with plenty of knowledge and hooksets.

Snakehead Fishing – Stafford, VA

In this action-packed episode Chad teams up a group of anglers that are passionate about catching snakehead. These large, prehistoric looking fish offer an adrenaline rush to anglers once hooked up. Chad gets advice from Steven Kambouris, an angler who is very knowledgeable about this species of fish. Also featured in this adventure are John Calagaz from Fishing Chaos and John Hipsher from YakAttack. This episode offers a first-time experience and a personal best with a seventeen-pound snakehead caught. 

The above TV episodes will premiere later this summer on Bally Sports. In the meantime, fishing fans can head on over to the Chad Hoover YouTube channel for special sneak peeks and consistent content releases to help tide them over.

ABOUT CHAD HOOVER FISHING: Staring 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.

We’re Hiring: Social Media Manager

Interested in joining a fun, dynamic, and totally unique business that produces outdoors and adventure travel television shows from around the world?

  • Social Media Manager
  • Full-time, immediate start
  • Location: remote or on-site
  • Salary: TBD based on experience

About the job:

Heliconia, is looking for a full-time Social Media Manager to manage and grow all social media channels associated with Heliconia projects. The Social Media Manager will be coordinating with Heliconia influencers and helping with content creation, scheduling, social media strategy, advertising, and reporting.  Heliconia social media projects currently include 6 Facebook pages, 8 Instagram pages, 7 YouTube channels, with expansion to other social media platforms in the near future. 

The successful candidate must be personable, self-guided, very motivated, well organized, and have a strong social media background. The Social Media Manager will work under the direction of the executive team and will be an integral part of all Heliconia projects. 

Social Media Manager Job Duties:

  • Manage and understand deliverables associated with each Heliconia media project
  • Create social media briefs for influencers and production team before film shoots
  • Understand audiences and influencer voice for each project
  • Help schedule, curate, and create photo and video content on social media channels
  • Run and coordinate sweepstake programs with partners
  • Create reports and monitor social media metrics and activities
  • Create YouTube thumbnails, titles, descriptions and manage each video for SEO
  • Help influencers manage community and engagement
  • Work with partners and partner deliverables
  • Help influencers develop new social media channels that could include TikTok, Pinterest, etc.
  • Work with Heliconia executive team to manage paid advertising and boosting  
  • Stay informed on social media trends and platforms; learn new platforms as needed
  • Present strategies to management to grow audience and increase engagement across sites and platforms
  • Participate in team calls and contribute brilliant ideas
  • Administrative support, general team player as needed


Skills/Qualifications:

  • 3-5 years of social media management experience (minimum) with proven results (mandatory)
  • Experience managing multiple social media accounts
  • Must be able to define success on different social media handles
  • Up to date on the latest social media trends in the industry, able to learn new platforms quickly
  • Self-motivated and able to effectively multitask without supervision
  • Must be familiar with or able to quickly learn social media and publishing tools such as Hootsuite, TubeBuddy, and iContact
  • Excellent communications, organizational, and time management skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Reliable access to a computer and high speed internet if working remotely
  • Experience working on remote teams
  • Knowledge of basic HTML is an asset
  • Design and layout skills are an asset (use of Adobe suite)
  • Outdoors experience is an asset

Candidates who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, a person of colour, LGTBQ2S+, and/or a person with a disability are encouraged to apply.

Please send your resume and cover letter to online application portal: https://helipress.betterteam.com/social-media-manager by May 24th, 2021.  Only candidates considered for an interview will be contacted.

Paddling Adventures Closer to Home: Season 8 of Facing Waves set to premiere on Outside TV & Bally Sports this June

Facing Waves Season 8 header

Heliconia, the production team behind the award-winning television series Facing Waves, is excited to announce that the new season of the hit show is set to premiere on Outside TV and Bally Sports this June.

Facing Waves is now in its 8th season. For eight years, Canadian-based Facing Waves host, Ken Whiting, has travelled the globe and visited the world’s top paddling and water-based destinations. The show has taken him, along with occasional special guest hosts, to Jamaica, Alaska, Croatia, Papua New Guinea, Jordan, Taiwan, the Galápagos Islands, British Columbia, Florida, Wales, West Sweden and everywhere in between.

This season, however, the episodes were filmed closer to home. Due to COVID-19 and the global tourism lockdown in 2020, international filming was put on hold for the Facing Waves crew. Production plans of filming in Norway and Nunavut were put on hold.

Instead, the Facing Waves production team pivoted and turned their camera lens to world-class destinations that just so happened to be closer to home—the episodes in this season of Facing Waves were filmed entirely in Ontario, Canada.

“We really did work hard to come up with last-minute filming schedules and adventures for Season 8 of Facing Waves. Only one episode was filmed before the pandemic hit. The team took a step back, re-assessed what was feasible and safe, and came up with what might just be my favourite season of Facing Waves so far!” explains Whiting. “It was a fantastic opportunity to rediscover our own backyard. Ontario truly is world-class in the outdoor adventures that it has to offer.”

Season 8 episodes of Facing Waves will showcase paddling adventures along the Ottawa River, the Madawaska River, Algonquin Provincial Park, Bon Echo Provincial Park, and a Mothership adventure in Ontario’s Highlands; sea kayaking in the 1000s Islands; paddling the ‘Canadian Amazon’ and kayak fishing in Southwestern Ontario; and a summer sea kayak adventure and fall canoe trip in Killarney Provincial Park.

Facing Waves, North America’s first and only paddlesport TV series, is broadcast through Outside TV, Bally Sports (formally FOX Sports), and Nautical Channel to over 140 million households across 40+ countries. Season 8 will debut on Outside TV and Bally Sports this June. For more information on the series, visit www.facingwaves.com.

Tourism destinations interested in being featured on Facing Waves are encouraged to reach out to Heliconia’s Tourism Partnership Manager, Stefanie Manton-Ward, at stefanie@helipress.com.

MEDIA: For additional information, or to schedule an interview, please reach out to Heliconia’s Communications Manager, Lauren McIllfaterick at lauren@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, The Great Family Adventure, BA Fishing, Peak Experience, Chad Hoover Fishing and The Kayak Fishing 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.