Portable Kayaks – 2021 Best in Class awards by PaddleTV Announced

October 4, 2021

Beachburg, Canada: The first of PaddleTV’s inaugural Best in Class awards have been announced by world-renowned paddler, instructor, television host, and YouTuber, Ken Whiting. After a summer of in-depth trials and on-the-water-tests, Ken has narrowed down five of the industry’s top portable kayaks and is 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 its specs, key selling features, and why he has chosen it as one of the top products of the year.

The awards are being released through the PaddleTV YouTube channel, and also being shared through Facebook and Instagram. With over 84,000 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 Portable Kayaks, listed in no particular order, are Sea Eagle’s Razorlite 393RL, TRAK’s 2.0 folding kayak, ORU Kayak Inlet, Star Raven Pro by NRS, and the Hobie ITREK 9. Honorable mentions in the portable kayak category include Tahe’s 11’6 Beach SUP – YAK and Advanced Elements’ Advanced Frame Kayak. Watch the full video here: https://youtu.be/sWxjvnBVLmM.

Three more Best in Class award videos will be released on PaddleTV over the next month, continuing with the awards for Best Beginner Kayaks of 2021 which will be revealed next Saturday, October 9th. 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 nine 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 FishingPeak ExperienceChad 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