Monday, 15 August 2011

Winners! Canoe and Kayak UK awards 2011

Oh Yes! Canoe and Kayak UK mag has recently published its awards for 2011.

The awards are the result of lots of debate, testing and votes from readers and online users.

We are very pleased to announce that we have been awarded "Retailer of the year" for 2011.

Thank you to any one who voted for us.

Along with awards for centres, coaches, facilities and paddlers there were the all important product of the year awards. Fortunately for us we stock most of them and here they are:

Open canoe of the year: Venture Prospector 16

Kids kayak of the year: Pyranha Rebel

Recreational kayak of the year: Islander Calypso sport

Most innovative product of the year: Palm Extrem PFD

Gear of the Year, Hardwear: Werner Stikine paddles

White water kayak of the year: Dagger Axiom

Freestyle kayak of the year: Wavesport Project X

Composite sea kayak of the year: Valley Etain

Plastic sea kayak of the year: P+H Delphin

Touring kayak of the year: Perception Expression

We have to say we agree with pretty much all of these. The Perception Expression has been a great boat this summer. Perception also had some other highly commended product too. Here's what they had to say on their website:

Canoe & Kayak UK Magazine Kayak Awards 2011
Aug 09, 2011
CKUK Kayak Awards 2011
Perception Kayaks are excited to share that not just one, but three models from our range have recently won awards from CKUK's 2011 Kayak Awards. The popular UK Canoe & Kayak magazine announced the results last week. The Perception Expression won 1st place as the 'Best Touring Kayak of the Year', while our kids touring kayak and new tandem tourer were both 'Highly Commended'.
Perception Expression - Touring Kayak of the Year

Launched back at the end of 2010, the Perception Expression range is already proving to be at the top of its market. Available in two sizes the Expression is ideal for the adventure-seeker who wants the best of both touring and sea kayaks: a fun, manoeuvrable day-kayak that remains stable and predictable when loaded down with gear. We're really thrilled that CKUK see the wide appeal and performance the Expression range has and thank them for ranking it as 'The Best Touring Kayak of the Year'. To find out more go to the Expression product page.
Perception Prodigy II 14.5 - Highly Commended Recreational Kayak

New to the Perception line-up at Easter, the Prodigy II 14.5 tandem is already making a name for itself as a recreational tandem with unmatched comfort and a high level of outfitting and detail. Its rocker profile focuses on speed, tracking and minimised noise when paddling through flat water and light currents. Whether paddling solo or tandem, with pets, kids or adults, this kayak can be configured perfectly for any outing. As the only tandem kayak to get a mention in CKUK's Kayak Awards, the Prodigy II 14.5 is set to lead the way in recreational kayaks. To find out more go to the Prodigy II product page.
Perception Carolina 12xs - Highly Commended Kids Kayak

With few child specific kayaks out there to choose from, our kids Carolina 12xs has been highly commended by CKUK for being designed for touring rather than white water. Offering directional stability, speed and the ability to keep up with others and set a good pace on river trips!

You can see all of these products and more at the South West Canoe Show Sat 1st Oct 2011. Outside the shop on the Piazza.