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PaddleTV’s Gear of the Year – Open for Submissions

By February 2, 2021No Comments

Submissions for the inaugural PaddleTV’s Gear of the Year are now being accepted.

Produced by Heliconia, PaddleTV’s Gear of the Year is an authentic and unbiased video series showcasing the year’s best paddlesports products. The series will be released through the PaddleTV YouTube Channel and shared through Facebook and Instagram. With 64,000 subscribers and 14 million views, PaddleTV is one of the most popular paddling focused YouTube channels in the world.

PaddleTV’s Gear of the Year series will include 16 professionally produced videos hosted by world renowned paddler, instructor, TV show host and YouTuber, Ken Whiting. The series will not be pay-to-play. “The goal of the series is to showcase the development of outstanding paddlesports products, whether they’re from small, grassroots brands or current industry leaders. Everyone is welcome to submit their product for consideration,” explains Ken. “With so many incredible developments taking place in the world of paddlesports, we really want to help consumers by providing unbiased reviews so they can feel confident about their purchasing decisions.”

Each video will feature the top three to seven products within a specific category. For each product featured, Ken will talk about its specs, key selling features, and why he has chosen it as one of the top products of the year.

The Gear of the Year categories include:


  • Best Kayaks Under $500
  • Best Kayaks Under $1000

  • Best Entry Level Kayaks

  • Best Recreational Kayaks

  • Best Touring Kayaks

  • Best Kayaks for Big People

  • Best Kayaks for Multi-Day Trips

  • Best Inflatable Kayaks


  • Best Folding Kayaks
  • Best Canoes

  • Best Recreational SUP

  • Best Paddling Accessories

  • Best Paddling Apparel

  • Best Paddling Lifejackets

  • Best Recreational Kayak Paddles

  • Best Performance Kayak Paddles


Submissions for product consideration are being accepted until February 28th, 2021. Brands interested in being featured in the PaddleTV Gear of the Year series are encouraged to submit their product(s) online at heliconia.ca/paddle-tv-gear-of-the-year or reach out to Jenna Hill at jenna@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 seven 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, Peak Experience, Chad Hoover Fishing and 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.