Paddling Magazine Industry Awards, presented by Paddle Responsibly and the U.S. Coast Guard

Rapid Media is pleased to announce the winners of the fifth annual Paddling Magazine Industry Awards presented by the Safer Paddling Campaign. These awards recognize significant and innovative achievement in the development of products introduced to the paddlesports market this year.

This year we saw a record number of votes, with more than 38,000 ballots cast from retail buyers, consumers and media across 12 categories at See our full announcement for all category winners.

The categories of the Paddling Magazine Industry Awards represent every aspect of the sport across all disciplines. The awards present brands with the outstanding opportunity to introduce new products to the largest audience of paddling enthusiasts and the industry.

Here are the kayak fishing category winners of the fifth annual Paddling Magazine Industry Awards:

BigWater ePDL+ 132 by Old Town

Best Fishing Boat & Board

BigWater ePDL+ 132 by Old Town

Designed to keep anglers in the chase, ePDL+ combines pedal and battery assist to propel your fishing experience to the next level. With ePDL+ drive you have options. In it for the long haul? Fish all day with light to moderate motor assist. Need to get there quickly? Crank it up and get there first. Need a break? Set it to cruise control and let the motor get you there. With motorized versatility at your fingertips, your odds out on the water just got a whole lot better.


TowNStow BarCart Kayak Cart by YakAttack

Best Transport/Storage/Launching

TowNStow BarCart Kayak Cart by YakAttack

Designed for extreme duty, the BarCart is universal, collapsible, user-friendly and robust, requiring no tools to assemble or disassemble. With the push of a button or the flip of a lever, the BarCart can be deployed, adjusted or collapsed in seconds. With two bunk bar configurations, it boasts unprecedented compatibility with different hull shapes. Built from UV resistant, high quality, injection molded polymers and anodized aluminum tubing, and assembled with stainless steel hardware.



139 Phone Holder by Scotty Fishing & Outdoor Products

Best Rigging & Outfitting

139 Phone Holder by Scotty Fishing & Outdoor Products

Scotty’s 139 Phone Holder offers a phone holder that is legitimately marine grade. Varying temperatures, constant UV exposure and saltwater are no match for what makes Scotty famous. Scotty’s Phone Holder is made to withstand heavy use in harsh environments. Positioning and securing your device has never been easier. Easy Grip knob allows for width adjustments between 2.75 and 3.75 inches wide. Also has open access for charging your device while in use. Includes post, track and rail mount.


K-1 Angler Pro Outboard Kit by Bixpy

Best Paddling Accessory

K-1 Angler Pro Outboard Kit by Bixpy

The K-1 Angler Pro Outboard Kit is Bixpy’s pro version of its K-1 Outboard Kit. The K-1 Angler Pro Outboard Kit combines the power of the Bixpy K-1 Motor, with 38 pounds of thrust, and the waterproof, wireless PP-768 Outboard Battery to power virtually any personal watercraft on the market. The Bixpy K-1 Angler Pro allows you to stay out longer, explore new waters, effortlessly glide through strong tides, troll for hours, or just get home effortlessly at the end of a long, tiring day on the water.


Best Safety & Rescue

Safety Dry Bag Kit SB-3L by Sirius Signal LLC

All-in-one safety kit for kayaks, boats, canoes and paddlecraft with drybag. Safety kit including everything you need during an emergency on the water. C-1004 eVDSD flashes USCG spec SOS and infrared signal. IP68-rated floating flashlight with CR123 lithium battery. Daylight signal mirror, orange daytime distress flag and marine whistle complies with USCG audible signal requirements. Drybag, waterproof cellphone pouch, liquid filled hand compass, 12 feet of paracord and first aid kit.



Congratulations to all the 2024 Paddling Magazine Industry Award winners!

About Rapid Media

Paddling Magazine is the flagship title of Rapid Media, the world’s largest paddlesports media company. Rapid Media’s mission is to inspire and empower paddlers by leading as the sport’s definitive advocate and resource. Rapid Media is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2023. Alongside Paddling Magazine, the brand produces Kayak Angler, Paddling Business, the Paddling Industry Awards and the Paddling Film Festival.




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