Beginner Kayaks – 2021 Best in Class awards by PaddleTV Announced

October 11, 2021

Beachburg, Canada: PaddleTV’s second round of Best in Class awards have been announced by world-renowned paddler, instructor, television host, and YouTuber, Ken Whiting. Ken spent the summer testing some of the industry’s top paddling gear and has narrowed down six of the industry’s best beginner kayaks, awarding them the title of Best in Class.

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 is an authentic and unbiased celebration showcasing the year’s top paddlesports products. Each Best in Class video will feature 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 are being released through the PaddleTV YouTube channel, and also being shared through Facebook and Instagram. With over 85,500 subscribers and more than 16 million viewsPaddleTV is one of the most popular paddling-focused YouTube channels in the world. The categories in the Best in Class series include:

  • Best Portable Kayaks of 2021
  • Best Beginner Kayaks of 2021
  • Best High-Performance Paddles of 2021
  • 2021 Kayaks of the Year

And so, without any further ado, the Best in Class award winners for Best Beginner Kayaks, listed in no particular order, are Jackson Kayak’s Tupelo 12.5, Wilderness Systems’ Pungo 120, Perception Pescador’s 10, Native’s Falcon 11, Oru Kayak’s Inlet, and Tahe’s 11’6 SUP-Yak. Watch the full video here: https://youtu.be/oA59X_-hFUc.

Two more Best in Class award videos are set to be released on PaddleTV, continuing with the awards for Best High-Performance Paddles of 2021 which will be revealed next Saturday, October 16th. Be sure to subscribe to the PaddleTV YouTube channel for notifications on when subsequent awards videos will be made live.

Brands interested in being featured on PaddleTV or considered for the 2022 Best in Class awards are encouraged to reach out to Heliconia’s Brand Partnership Manager, Malvin Young, at malvin@helipress.com. For more information about PaddleTV and Heliconia’s various paddle-focused media projects, visit www.heliconia.ca.


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 Fishing Chad 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 www.heliconia.ca.


Lauren McIllfaterick

Heliconia, Communications Manager