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Heliconia Wins Big at 41st Telly Awards - Kayak Bassin’ TV

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Press Release:

Heliconia Wins Big at 41st Telly Awards: Annual awards program honors excellence in television and video across all screens 

Chad and Kristie fish from their Bonafide Kayaks on Long Branch Lakes in TN

Beachburg, Canada (June 3, 2020) - Heliconia, the video production company behind Epic Trails, Paddle Tales and Kayak Bassin’, was a big winner at the 41st Telly Award, bringing home four statues in recognition of its excellence in television and digital productions. Heliconia won two awards, a Gold and Silver, for Epic Trails: Papua New Guinea, a Silver Award for Paddle Tales: Le Boat, and a Bronze award for Kayak Bassin’: Long Branch Lakes. 

“I’d like to say a great big congratulations to our hard-working team, and a huge thank you to our partners, for their support in the creation of these shows,” says Heliconia president, Ken Whiting. “At Heliconia, we pride ourselves on creating inspiring and engaging content and sharing some of the best adventure travel stories in the world. It’s a real honour to receive this recognition from our peers at the Telly Awards.” 

Epic Trails follows avid backpacker, knowledgeable wilderness explorer and passionate adventurer, Eric Hanson as he discovers the people, places and adventures that surround the world’s top backpacking trails. In addition to winning two Telly Awards, Epic Trails was recently voted one of the top adventure series to watch in 2020 by The Washington Post. Season 3 of Epic Trails is set to premier nationwide on FOX Sports Network and OutsideTV later this month. 

Paddle Tales is a digital series that follows host, Ken Whiting, as he explores the world by canoe, kayak and stand up paddleboard, all the while telling the stories of the unique people, cultures, and places he discovers. Funded in part by Bell Fund and Ontario Creates, Paddle Tales is an inspiring and adventure-filled journey that entertains viewers–whether or not they’ve ever laid hands on a paddle. Season 2 of Paddle Tales is currently in the production stage with episodes set to release this summer. 

Chad Hoover Fishing, formally Kayak Bassin’, stars funny-man Chad Hoover as the host of an engaging and entertaining fishing show jam packed with thrilling kayak fishing action and valuable fishing tips. Currently entering its 9th season, the TV series is designed to excite and educate viewers no matter their level of kayaking or angling skills. 

Kayak Bassin with Chad Hoover sponsored by Bonafide Kayaks

The Telly Awards is the premier award honoring video and television across all screens. Established in 1979, The Telly Awards receives over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents. Entrants are judged by The Telly Awards Judging Council—an industry body of over 200 leading experts including advertising agencies, production companies, and major television networks, reflective of the multi-screen industry The Telly Awards celebrates. Partners of The Telly Awards include NAB, Stash Magazine, and Digiday, VidCon and Social Media Week. 


Heliconia is an award-winning video production company that helps destinations and brands reach the US adventure travel audience. The company produces seven unique media projects, providing authentic storytelling opportunities for every adventure and every destination. These series include: Epic Trails, Epic Trails: Mountain Biking, Facing Waves, Adventure Cities, Peak Experiences, Chad Hoover Fishing and the Kayak Fishing Show. 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.helipress.ca.

QUESTIONS? Contact: 

Lauren McIllfaterick 

Heliconia, Communications Manager 



Chad Hoover's Bonafide Kayak SS127 outfitted with YakAttack gear