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The Rider of the Year Awards video was premiered last night in front of an enthusiastic audience of around 500 people at the Paddle Expo in Germany.  Watch the Video here:


Winners:
Hendri Coetzee Award for Expedition of the Year:
Taking almost 100% of the 1st place votes was the First Ascents supported Africa expedition with team members Ben Stookesberry, Chris Korbulic and the late Hendri Coetzee.  Click HERE for the nomination with links to more info on the expedition.

Rider of the Year: Dane Jackson
Runner Up: Evan Garcia

Rider of the Year (women):
Mariann Saether took home top honours in the womens Rider of the Year category after yet another year spent on difficult whitewater around the world.  Close behind was Louise Urwin, Grand Prix Champion and all-around talent from New Zealand.

Honey Badger Award: Erik Boomer
Runner Up: Stephen Forster

Competitor of the Year: Dane Jackson
Runner Up: Mike Dawson

Best Drop: Rafa Ortiz and Aniol Serrasolses
Runner Up: Erik Boomer

Best Drop (women): Mariann Saether
Runner Up: Shannon Carroll

Best Trick: Ben Marr
Runner Up: Ben Marr

Best Trick (women): Katya Kulkova
Runner Up: Marlene Devillez

Best Line: Rush Sturges
Runner Up: Evan Garcia

Downriver Freestyle: Lane Jacobs
Runner Up: Taylor Robertson

Carnage! : Erik Boomer
Runner Up: Fred Norquist

Film of the Year: Kadoma
Runner Up: Frontier

Photographer of the Year: Darin McQuoid
Runner Up (tie): Jens Klatt / Patrick Camblin

Photo of the Year: Chris Korbulic
Runner Up: Patrick Camblin

Best Online Film (long): Bomb Flow TV Episode 2
Runner Up: Currents - Whitewater Grand Prix / Hell or High Water
Special Mention: A River in Danger: Young Chilean Kayakers on the Rio Baker

Best Onlin Film (short): Rain Drop
Runner Up: Daydreams of a Weekend Warrior


Huge thanks to everyone that participated in the event, some awesome submissions and lots of great kayaking to watch.
Viewership on the uploaded clips is around 125,000 views so far + another ~130,000 views from the different places the 'Rider of the Year II Preview' was uploaded.

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