Canoe & Kayak Magazine 2010 Reader’s Choice Results

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Canoe and Kayak magazine has set message boards across the paddling industry on fire with their first ever Reader’s Choice Awards. Publisher Jim Marsh says the idea came to him while working on the annual Buyer’s Guide. “Our readers are the world’s biggest group of paddling enthusiasts, and they are out there day-in, day-out, using every type of boat and gear imaginable,” says Marsh. “We thought, who better to choose the year’s best athletes, expeditions, and new gear?”

Although the results are in, C&K is waiting to reveal the full results of the online survey in their upcoming Buyer’s Guide. However just for our readers, PL has a sneak-peak at a few of the winners.

Canoe & Kayak Magazine counted over 3,600 votes in 13 categories from “favorite paddler” to “favorite kayak.” Read on for the results including one of the most hotly contested categories “Top Ten Paddling Retailers.”

Best Kayak Paddle- Werner

Best New Product Class- Aquapac Waterproof SLR case.

Best New Sea Kayak -Necky Looksha Elite

Best New Fishing Kayak- Wilderness Systems Commander

Best Canoe- Wenonah Fusion

Best New Recreation Touring Kayak- Dagger Axis

Apparel Brand of the Year- Kokatat

Paddler of the Year- Freya Hoffmeister,
Freya earned the title for her trip circumnavigating the entire continent of Australia

The most heavily debated aspect of these awards is easily the Top Ten Retailers Category. Message boards throughout the Paddling world are still buzzing with readers extolling the virtues of their local shops, and wondering why they aren’t on this list:

1. Austin Canoe & Kayak (Texas)
2. Aqua Adventures (California)
3. Appomattox River Co. (Virginia)
4. Rutabaga (Wisconsin)
5. Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company (New York)
6. California Canoe & Kayak
7. Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe (Oregon)
8. Lincoln Canoe & Kayak (Maine)
9. Nantahala Outdoor Center (North Carolina)
10.Naples Kayak Co. (Florida)