Articles - Canoe & Kayak UK 2011 Awards - How We Chose Our Winners

2011 Canoe & Kayak UK Awards
2011 Canoe & Kayak UK Awards
Canoe & Kayak UK Editorial - Posted on 09 Nov 2011
Deciding on the overall Canoe & Kayak UK Awards 2011 winners was a seriously difficult job. We based our choices on various different factors. The results of group and individual tests that we’ve carried out, consultation with our reader panel, input from our Facebook  and Twitter pagews and from here on the website, online voting by you, the readers and lots and lots of discussion and debate.

Once we’d narrowed it down to a shortlist we then started the process all over again using a panel of independent experts with a wide range of expertise and experience in all areas of our sport. Even then it still took a lot of thought before the winners were clear, in certain categories it was incredibly close between the top three, which is why we’ve also opted to give a highly commended award too.

In our opinion the results represent the products and boats that have really stood out in their categories as providing a great experience out on the water.
If choosing between gear and boats was tough then the people & places category was nearly impossible. What became really apparent was that there are a lot of coaches, retailers, and paddlers out there who are really taking things to the next level and pushing the boundaries of customer service, coaching, enthusiasm, inspiration and exploration to the next level.

We hope that these awards will become an annual event and that they will become a celebration of all things that are great about kayaking and canoeing as a sport, and an industry in years to come.

Do you agree with our Winners? Have you got a category that you’d like to see included for next year. Tell us your opinions and thoughts at the forum HERE or e-mail us HERE

Back to Gear

Want to comment on what you've seen?

You must be logged in to leave a comment. You can log in here.
If you don't have a user account please register.

Recently Added Features

Canoeing & Kayaking Trips in the Lake District

23 Apr 2012

The Lake District is surely most famous for the spectacular walking it offers in its hill and fells, although it is becoming an increasingly popular destination for canoeists and touring kayakers alik

How to Repair Inflatable Kayaks & Inflatable Canoes

28 Mar 2012

A Canoe & Kayak UK Quick-Guide to Repairing Your Inflatable Kayak or Inflatable Canoe

How to Care For Your Inflatable Kayak or Inflatable Canoes

28 Mar 2012

A Canoe & Kayak UK Quick-Guide to Caring For Your Inflatable Kayaks & Inflatable Canoes...

All You Need to Know About Joining Your Local Canoe Club

25 Mar 2012

Every year more and more people sample the delights of canoe & kayaking through come-and-try-it days, taster courses and adventure holidays, but once you’ve been bitten by the bug, where do you go fro

10 Reasons to GO on a Canoeing or Kayaking Course

13 Mar 2012

One of the great things about canoeing & kayaking is that there’s just so much to learn and experience they can never get boring. To help you get more out of your time on the water. is to GO on a cano

GO Whitewater Kayaking - 6 Great UK Whitewater Kayaking Trips

08 Mar 2012

Want to Go Whitewater Kayaking? Here's a Canoe & Kayak UK Guide to Six fantastic UK Whitewater Kayaking Destinations...

Others in this Category

A GO Canoeing Guide to Buying a Canoe or Kayak - Choosing the Right Canoe or Kayak For You

07 Feb 2012

All You Need to Know About Buying a Canoe or Kayak, ready to GO Canoeing & Kayaking This Summer.

Canoe & Kayak UK Retailer of the Year 2011 - Winner - AS Watersports

10 Dec 2011

Find out why we awarded AS Watersports in Exeter the winners of our prestigious Canoe & Kayak UK Retailer of the Year Award

The 2011 Canoe & Kayak UK Awards

09 Nov 2011

After months of debate in the Canoe & Kayak UK office and discussion we were finally able to reveal the products and people that, for us, have stood out over the last 12-months as we proudly announce

Leatherman Supertool Tried and Tested

31 Aug 2010

Leatherman have been around for awhile now. Their popular multitool is the choice of outdoor enthusiasts, when it comes to a handy pocket tool. So whether you're just needing a quick adjustment to you

Top Tips - Buying a Canoeing & Kayaking Helmet - What does the CE Mark really mean

25 Jul 2010

A helmet is an essential piece of kit for paddling on whitewater. Here are Canoe & Kayak UK's guide to CE marking and things to consider when buying the right helmet for you.

River Shoes Group Test

31 Mar 2010

The Canoe & Kayak UK Test Team put five of the leading river shoes to the test to tell you what we think is best... You Gotta Have Sole!