Paddlesports Retailer’s official media partner Rapid Media has announced award categories and opened nominations for the Paddling Magazine Product & Industry Awards. Rapid Media is also now accepting product submissions to the Paddling Business 2019 Product & Paddlesports Retailer Show Guide.

The New Products Showcase by Paddling Magazine is a new show feature providing Paddlesports Retailer exhibitors with an outstanding opportunity to introduce new products to onsite and offsite retail buyers and editorial media.

“This is a first-ever and not-to-miss once-a-year opportunity to see the latest and greatest innovations in the paddlesports industry,” says Scott MacGregor, publisher at Rapid Media. “Our New Product Showcase at Paddlesports Retailer is an unrivalled opportunity for brands to launch new products and build relationships with retailers and media outside of busy in-booth meetings.”

Making up a special section of Paddlesports Retailer’s new Cox Convention Center venue, the New Product Showcase provides high-level visibility for the industry’s latest innovations in boats, boards, gear, apparel and accessories.

The Paddling Magazine Product & Industry Awards recognizes outstanding achievements in the development of new products being introduced to the paddlesports market at the 2018 Paddlesports Retailer Show.

“The Paddling Magazine Product & Industry Awards embodies the paddlesport industry’s innovative and entrepreneurial spirit,” says MacGregor. “We’ll be rewarding and recognizing the best new products in the 11 ‘Best of Category’ awards, as well as the overall ‘Best of Show’ award.”

Michael Hewis
Paddling Magazine Product and Industry Awards

Onsite retail buyers and outdoor media voting will take place in the New Product Showcase. Offsite voting for retail buyers and consumers will use an exclusive online voting platform. “Best of Category” award winners will be announced and recognized at the 2018 Paddlesports Industry Dinner at the Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel on Wednesday, August 29. “Best of Show” winner will be announced Thursday, August 30 at 2 p.m. in the New Product Showcase.

Produced by Rapid Media, the Paddling Business 2019 Product and Paddlesports Retailer Show Guide covers new and featured products, industry news and events throughout and following the show. Print distribution to the industry at the show and subsequent digital distribution delivers new and featured products and critical industry information to North American retailer buyers, outfitters and editorial media for unmatched preseason buying and promotion.

“As the official media partner for Paddlesports Retailer we’re reaching retailer buyers through a combination of our Paddling Business 2019 Product Guide, Paddlesports Retailer New Product Showcase and the Paddling Magazine Product and Industry Awards so as to create the most cost-efficient, targeted and effective means to enhance your 2019 sales program,” says MacGregor.

Paddling Magazine Product & Industry Award – Categories

  1. Best Touring/Recreational Kayak
  2. Best Whitewater Boat
  3. Best Fishing Kayak
  4. Best SUP
  5. Best Canoe
  6. Best Paddle
  7. Best Safety & Rescue
  8. Best Clothing/Apparel
  9. Best Rigging & Outfitting
  10. Best Transport/Storage/Launching
  11. Best Paddling Accessory
  12. Best of Show


Additional information:

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. For more information about the 2019 Product Guide, New Product Showcase and Paddling Magazine Product and Industry Awards contact [email protected]

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 will take place August 27 to 30, 2018 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 or contact [email protected]


Media Contacts

Charles Conner, General Manager

Paddlesports Retailer

[email protected]


Cristin Plaice, Director of Marketing

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Scott MacGregor, Publisher

[email protected]



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