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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:
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
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.