2014 Canoe & Kayak Awards Announced

-

- Advertisment -

The event celebrates the past year’s most inspiring paddlers, adventures, and expeditions, as well as the sport’s most worthy philanthropic causes. After 9,200 votes, an all-star cast of presenters announced the deserving winners, nominated by their peers and selected by readers and everyday paddlers.

In a year defined by expeditions that went the distance—across Baffin Island, down the entire Amazon, through the Caribbean—it was Aleksander Doba’s 5,400-mile voyage across the Atlantic Ocean that earned the third annual Awards ceremony’s marquee Expedition of the Year Award presented by Nexen Tire.

Doba, the bearded adventurer from Poland, crossed the Atlantic again (this time by plane) to accept his award in person to the night’s most raucous cheers.

“I’m not old, I’m 68 years young,” an ecstatic Doba joked in broken English before fellow Polish friend and exploratory kayak legend Piotr Chmielinski took the stage to translate Doba’s feelings of gratitude.

Distance also defined the night’s Spirit of Adventure award, which went to Janet Moreland, the first woman and first American to paddle her country’s longest river system with her 3,900-mile, 223-day “Love Your Big Muddy” source-to-sea kayak journey down the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. “Don’t give up on your daydream!” Moreland implored the audience, hoping her adventure would inspire others.

Moreland wasn’t the only female winner to inspire the packed crowd of 300. Sage Donnelly, a 14-year-old phenom who’s made her mark in freestyle, downriver, and slalom competitions, took home the Female Paddler of the Year Award presented by Shred Ready.

On the men’s side, race savvy also carried weight for voters as reigning Green Race winner Pat Keller took home the Male Paddler of the Year Award presented by Shred Ready amidst a stacked and tightly contested field of nominees.

A pair of heart-felt presentations bookended the evening. First, expedition kayaker and decorated marine veteran Cody Howard presented the philanthropic Paddle with Purpose award to winner Team River Runner. Then to close the evening, Idaho whitewater icon “Rapid” Rob Lesser—the recipient of last year’s Lifetime Achievement Award—presented the 2014 honor to the late Jaime McEwan.

In a stoic yet emotional acceptance speech to close the ceremony, McEwan’s 1992 Olympic slalom partner Lecky Haller paid tribute to a friend he described as a true “renaissance man,” who taught him “to feel good about your performance even if you don’t win the race.” Haller closed the speech thanking McEwan for his “lifetime of service to our little way of life,” bringing the crowd to its feet in standing ovation.

In addition to Lesser, Howard and Chmielinski, awards presenters included whitewater pioneer Mick Hopkinson as well as two stalwart chargers continuing to push the sport forward in Evan Garcia and Louise Jull. Nominees as well as some of the biggest personalities in the sport came together once again to celebrate the best in paddling and in one another.

THE 2014 CANOE & KAYAK AWARDS WINNERS

Male Paddler of the Year Presented by Shred Ready

• PAT KELLER

Female Paddler of the Year Presented by Shred Ready

• SAGE DONNELLY

Spirit of Adventure

• JANET MORELAND – LOVE YOUR BIG MUDDY

Expedition of the Year Presented by Nexen Tire
• ALEKSANDER DOBA – TRANSATLANTIC KAYAK

Paddle with Purpose

• TEAM RIVER RUNNER

Lifetime Achievement Award

• JAMIE MCEWAN

Info: Check CKAwards.com

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Latest news

Paddling Scotland’s Glasgow to Edinburgh Canoe Trail 

By Corey Buhay “Hiya, where you goin’ thar?” a man shouted from the shore. I looked up from my paddling...

Break Out the Popcorn: HBO/TGR “Edge of the Earth” Series Debuts

Get ready to be on the edge of your seat for "Edge of the Earth," a new HBO and...

2022 Golden Rodeo Down River Race Results

2022 Golden Rodeo Down River Race On Wednesday, June 29th, the Colorado Whitewater Association hosted a spectacular down river race...

New King & Queen of North Fork Champs: Hayden Voorhees, Jenn Chrimes Take Crowns

There’s a new King and Queen of the North Fork Championships, Idaho’s prestigious Class V kayak race on the...
- Advertisement -

Floods Bring Epic, Record Flows to WYO, MT; Paddlers Chime In

Big water boaters in southern Montana and northern Wyoming were either licking their chops or hiding their boating gear...

SUP Goes Transformer with the New Switch Board from Isle

ISLE announce the Switch, a new “hybrid” watercraft that converts from SUP to kayak in seconds and weighs in at just 19 pounds.

Must read

Paddling Scotland’s Glasgow to Edinburgh Canoe Trail 

By Corey Buhay “Hiya, where you goin’ thar?” a man...

2022 Golden Rodeo Down River Race Results

2022 Golden Rodeo Down River Race On Wednesday, June 29th,...
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you