Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, August 28, 2019 // Paddlesports Retailer’s official media partner Rapid Media presented the second annual Paddling Magazine Industry Awards tonight at the Paddlesports Retailer Show and Paddlesports Industry Dinner.

The Paddling Magazine Industry Awards recognizes outstanding achievements in the development of new products introduced to the paddlesports market at the 2019 Paddlesports Retailer Show, which was attended by more than 120 exhibitors showing 200 brands, and 357 buyers.

“The Paddling Magazine Industry Awards embodies the paddlesports industry’s innovative and entrepreneurial spirit,” said emcee and Rapid Media founder and publisher Scott MacGregor, presenting the awards on stage at Oklahoma City’s 100,000 square-foot Cox Convention Center.

The winners were voted on from the 92 products featured in the New Product Showcase by Paddling Magazine. This show feature provides Paddlesports Retailer exhibitors with an outstanding opportunity to introduce new products to onsite and offsite retail buyers and editorial media. More than 22,262 votes were cast onsite and online at www.paddlingawards.com by retail buyers, consumers and media.

The award winners are as follows:

Paddling Magazine Product & Industry Awards

1. Best Touring/Recreational Kayak — Virgo by P&H Sea Kayaks

P&H Kayaks Virgo
P&H Sea Kayaks’ Virgo


2. Best Whitewater Boat—Rewind by Dagger

Dagger Rewind Cosmos
Rewind by Dagger


3. Best Fishing Boat and Board— Mirage Pro Angler 14 with 360 Drive Technology by Hobie

Hobie Pro Angler 14 with 360 Mirage Drive
Hobie Pro Angler 14 with 360 Drive Technology

[ Also read: Best Pedal Drive Fishing Kayaks For 2020 ]
[ Paddling Buyer’s Guide: See all Hobie products ]
[ Paddling Buyer’s Guide: See all pedal drive kayaks ]


4. Best SUP—Okeanos Air-Glide 12’6″ x 31″ Inflatable by SIC Maui

SIC Maui AirGlide Okeanos
SIC Maui AirGlide Okeanos


5. Best Canoe—Explorer Carbon by Mad River

Mad River Canoe Explorer Carbon
Explorer Carbon by Mad River Canoe


6. Best Paddle—Surge by Werner Paddles

Surge by Werner Paddles
Surge by Werner Paddles


7. Best Safety & Rescue—Hustle R by Kokatat

Kokatat Hustle R PFD
Kokatat Hustle R PFD


8. Best Clothing/Apparel—Torrent Pro by Chaco

Torrent Pro by Chaco
Torrent Pro by Chaco


9. Best Rigging & Outfitting—5 Circuit Digital Switcher by Yak Power

5 Circuit Digital Switcher by Yak Power
5 Circuit Digital Switcher by Yak Power


10. Best Transport/Storage/Launching—Deck Bag by Gearlab

Gearlab Deck Bag
Gearlab Deck Bag


11. Best Paddling Accessory—Gator Patch by Gator Guards

Gator Guard Gator Patch
Gator Guard Gator Patch

Best In Show Award

All category award winners were eligible for the Best of Show Award which got announced at the end of the Paddlesports Retailer Show.

This year, the Best In Show award went to Hobie with the Mirage Pro Angler 14 with 360 Drive Technology.

Best In Show – Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 14 with 360 Drive Technology

Hobie Pro Angler 14 with 360 Mirage Drive
Hobie Pro Angler 14 with 360 Mirage Drive

Congratulations to all the award winners.

About Paddlesports Retailer

Paddlesports Retailer is a trade show, endorsed by the Paddlesports Trade Coalition, providing the premier commercial and cultural experience for exhibitors, retailers, media and industry advocates alike. Paddlesports Retailer runs August 26-29, 2019 beginning with demo day at Riversports Rapids Adventure Park followed by three days of exhibiting at Oklahoma City’s Cox Convention Center. For more information, visit www.paddlesportsretailer.com or contact: [email protected]

About Rapid Media

Rapid Media is the world’s leading paddlesports media company. Rapid Media publishes Kayak Angler, Paddling Magazine and Paddling Business, including the Paddling Buyer’s Guide and Paddling Trip Guide annuals. Rapid Media also produces the Paddling Film Festival and Rapid Media TV.

Rapid Media Contact: Cristin Plaice [email protected]


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