Best Kayaks of the Year – 2021 Best In Class Awards by PaddleTV Announced

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Beachburg, Canada: The final Best in Class award has been announced by world-renowned paddler, instructor, television host, and YouTuber, Ken Whiting on PaddleTV. Ken spent the summer testing some of the industry’s top paddling gear and has narrowed down five of the industry’s top kayaks, awarding them the title of 2021 Kayaks of the Year. 

A natural evolution from PaddleTV’s Buyer’s Guide YouTube series, the Best in Class awards celebrate the “best of the best” in paddlesports. Produced by Heliconia, the Best in Class awards are an authentic and unbiased celebration showcasing the year’s top paddlesports products. Each Best in Class video have featured the top three to seven products within a specific category. For each product featured, Ken will talk about why he has chosen it as one of the top products of the year, and who should consider purchasing it.

The awards have been released through the PaddleTV YouTube channel, and are also being shared through Facebook and Instagram. With 86,000 subscribers and more than 16.5 million views, PaddleTV is one of the most popular paddling-focused YouTube channels in the world. The categories in the Best in Class series include:

And so, without any further ado, the winners for 2021 Kayaks of the Year, listed in no particular order, are the P&H Virgo MV, Bonafide’s EX 123, Wilderness Systems Pungo 120, Oru Kayak’s Inlet, and the Hobie iTrek 9. Watch the full video here:

“The biggest challenge the paddlesport industry faces is turning the large number of new and casual paddlers into lifetime participants,” explains Ken. “One of the best ways to do this is to help them choose the right gear to ensure a positive paddling experience.” Submissions for PaddleTV’s Buyer’s Guide 2022 are now open, and brands interesting in submitting their products for consideration are encouraged to visit 

Brands interested in being featured on PaddleTV are encouraged to reach out to Heliconia’s Brand Partnership Manager, Malvin Young, at For more information about PaddleTV and Heliconia’s various paddle-focused media projects, visit


Heliconia is an award-winning video production and marketing company that helps destinations and brands reach the US adventure travel audience. The company produces eight unique media projects, providing authentic storytelling opportunities for every adventure and every destination. These series include: Epic TrailsEpic Trails: Mountain BikingFacing WavesAdventure CitiesGreat Family AdventureBA FishingChad Hoover Fishing and Road Trip Angler. 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

Lauren McIllfaterick
Heliconia, Communications Manager