MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla. – August 4, 2022 – BOTE, the longstanding leader of innovation in the paddle board, kayak, and water lifestyle space, is proud to announce that its 2023 Rackham Gatorshell Paddleboard was awarded Best in Category, Boats and Watercraft, at the 2022 ICAST tradeshow.

The redesign of the platform, now with the ability to add BOTE’s APEX pedal drive and rudder system, transforms the Rackham into a crossover between a hybrid, pedal-drive kayak and a SUP watercraft.

The Rackham has long been a favorite for fishing with its incredible stability, glide, capacity and long-list of fishing ready add-ons, including BOTE’s Tackle Rac, Bucket Rac, Sand Spear, and Paddle Sheath, among others. Gatorshell is BOTE’s proprietary material used across its range of hardshell paddleboards. Composed of ballistics grade composites, Gatorshell creates a no-compromise outer shell that is smooth, solid, and extremely tough.

“The new Rackham Gatorshell + APEX is the ultimate cocktail of everything that’s great about both SUP and kayak pedal drive,” said Corey Cooper, BOTE CEO and co-founder. “We’ve preserved every element of the Rackham and kept it extremely simple. The only tweaks we made was adding our “clear view” pedal port and connection points for our patent-pending inflatable Aero SUP Paddle Seat. The board literally transforms from a pure stand up paddleboard to pedal-drive kayak in seconds. Simply pivot the APEX drive out of the water, stand up and paddle. We hope the Rackham Gatorshell + APEX will be the flagship of the paddle sports fishing space.”

The full set of details, specs, graphics and features will be available when the new Rackham Gatorshell launches in Summer, 2023.

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