These are the entries for the Paddlesport Product of the Year Awards 2019 in the Recreational category. These awards are organized every year at the occasion of PADDLEexpo. Note that, a product could win the prize although not listed here, if the judges discover once at the show, that a product worth winning was not entered; entering ahead of the show simply guarantees a product to be taken into account by the judges.
NORTIK – SCUBI 2 XL
The nortik scubi 2 XL marks a new era in the field of nortik hybrid technology and is by far the most versatile boat in the entire scubi family: fast assembly, excellent performance and as variable as never before!
The scubi 2 XL impressively combines the advantages of inflatable boats with those of folding boats: It scores points for the excellent directional stability and its easy and fast assembly, with an aluminium frame structure reduced to the minimum and 4 individual high-pressure air tubes. (0,3 bar /4,35 psi).
Based on the system of the nortik scubi 1 XL, the two-person version offers maximum flexibility when it comes to the type of use:
With a variably insertable seat, it opens up completely new possibilities. It can of course be paddled by two people, but it can also be used with a toddler looking towards the rear. A larger child, who wants to paddle along, can take a seat in the direction of travel. An ideal solo position is also possible.
With the a lot of other useful accessories you can adapt the scubi 2 XL to your needs:
The patented two-part drop-stitch inserts gives your scubi 2 XL a stiff and firm ground without losing its defined keel structure and excellent directional stability. No comparison to the drop-stitch boats available on the market with their flat hull shape!
The legally protected foam padded keel system together with the already installed keel strip protects even more against damage and abrasion
With the easy to attach Velcro deck (solo or double) and two different types of breathable spray skirts and/or seasocks, the open boat can be transformed into a sea-proof kayak in seconds, with which you can face any wave and any weather.
The extra high backrest turns the hanging chair into a comfortable seat for longer, back-friendly cruises or for tall people.
Another highlight is the proven nortik kayak sail, available in two different sizes. Weighing less than a kilo, it is light as a feather and ´in actionª with a flick of the wrist (and as easily put down again). A clever system that provides really effective forward speed and is therefore very popular.
The easy to install steering system helps with crosswind, in solo operation or in combination with the nortik kayak sail for easy and trouble-free navigation.
All this and even more accessories can easily be stowed away in the transport backpack that comes with boat, as well as the double action hand pump with manometer.
With its launch in 2019, it was one of the best-selling portable boats within the season, as can be seen in the outstanding reviews and test results in KANU and Kajak-Magazin.
The nortik scubi 2 XL is the kayak that is always just the way you need it!
Choose between many combinations and possibilities to make it your own!
WILDERNESS SYSTEMS – TARPON
How do you improve upon a legend? Introducing the New Tarpon. Retaining everything
paddlers love from the celebrated original with improved comfort, stability, speed and paddler
interface, the new Tarpon is easily the most versatile boat in the Wilderness Systems lineup that
is equally at home on rivers, lakes or oceans. Every detail is carefully crafted and executed
flawlessly to bring you boundless paddling perfection.
- Boat length: 10í 6î / 320 CM
- Boat weight: 55 LBS / 25 KG
- Maximum capacity: 325 LBS / 147 KG
- Boat length: 12í 3î / 373 CM
- Boat weight: 63 LBS / 29 KG
- Maximum capacity: 350 LBS / 159 KG
VENTURE – REC ISLAY CRUISER
Sit back, relax, and let the Islay Cruiser take you on an adventureÖ
An extra-large, ultra-easy access cockpit and updated styling paired with the refined performance of the Islay hull, means that the Islay Cruiser suit its name as comfortably as itíll suit you.
Paddler Weight Range: < 125kg
PYRANHA – P&H VIRGO
A Polyethylene Sea Kayak That Takes Day & Weekend Trips Seriously
The Virgo is a compact but uncompromising sea kayak for weekend warriors, at a length which provides ample hull speed for short to medium journeys whilst keeping the boat weight to a minimum, making it easier to handle all the way from lifting it off the car, through a trip full of unique experiences, to lifting it back onto the car at the end of a great adventure.
Paddler Weight Range: 55 – 100kg
PERCEPTION KAYAKS – CRANK 10.0
The new Crank 10.0 is the first of a new generation of easy-to-use, fast-and-fun pedal drive kayaks from Perception Kayaks. The kayak incorporates a fresh design aesthetic with incredibly comfortable ergonomics for powerful-yet-easy pedaling, while providing ample surfaces for rigging aftermarket accessories including two Solo Mount recesses within easy reach. The Crankís new-and-improved pedal drive is perfect for pedaling effortlessly and covering lots of water, and provides the ability to go forward and reverse without removing the drive from the
boat. The easy-handling Crank packs a punch and opens up the water to everyone in a fun, stable and manageable package.
- Boat Length: 10′ / 304 CM
- Boat Weight: 75 LBS / 34 KG with pedals
- Maximum Capacity: 350 LBS / 159 KG
PALM EQUIPMENT – TEREK JACKET
Quiet, clean and green
Tread lightly in this jacket made from recycled material from post industrial waste. Supple, soft and quiet the 3-layer recycled nylon Terek tour jacket makes no compromises on paddling performance, whilst bringing the chance to paddle in a garment that has done its bit reducing waste through recycling. Certified to the Global Recycled Standard 4.0, it is a major step towards producing more environmentally sustainable garments in the future.
MOAI – MULTI-PERSON 12í4 SUP PACKAGE
We would like to enter the contest with our newest addition to our product line up, the MOAI multi-person 12í4 SUP package. This board will become available in the upcoming 2020 season, and the worldwide introduction will be at the Paddle Expo on October 4.
The MOAI multi-person 12í4 SUP is the ideal board for recreational use.
We designed this innovative and multi-functional board with families in mind. You can use the board as a SUP for 1 or 2 persons, but also as a kayak for 1 or 2 persons, or a combination of SUP and kayak. This multi-person board with multi-functionality is unique and the perfect recreation solution for families who want to spend more fun together on the water.
The board is inflatable, and there for portable, and easy to carry with you to any location. The board and accessories can easily be stored in the MOAI trolley backpack on wheels.
ISLANDER KAYAKS – FIESTA & CALYPSO MARINE RECYCLED
Innovative marine recycled plastic (sit-in kayak)
A world first, this kayak is made from material collected from beach cleans and salvaged marine industry waste, thanks to our partner Odyssey Innovation. Easy to paddle, fun, stable and with ready-to-go outfitting the Fiestaís compact size makes it easy to carry to the water or lift onto your roof rack.
Innovative marine recycled plastic (sit-on-top)
A world first, favourite all-round sit-on-top kayak is made from material collected from beach cleans and salvaged marine industry waste, thanks to our partner Odyssey Innovation.Beach, coast or lake ñ this boat loves it all. With a deluxe seat as standard the Calypso is ready for adventure and fun. A full keeled hull provides stability and with moulded features, itís easy for anyone to pick up a paddle and go.
NRS – STRATOS SHORTY JACKET
Not every day on the water requires an expensive traditional dry top. Whether youíre surfing in the sun, touring, or training at your local centre, the Stratos Shorty keeps you comfortable and protected with lightweight, breathable materials and GlideSkinô neoprene neck and arm gaskets.
JP – SUP OUTBACK 2020
Super stable parallel outline and the sharp displacement bow ensure an effortless and silent glide. Apart from standard fittings like multiple bungee tie downs, FCS nose plugs for GoPro or the JP standard windsurfing option, the Outback comes with cooler tie-down inserts, inserts for the JP Fishing Rack (sold separately) and a very special and unique storage system: the Light Capsule! The most versatile board out there just received two new siblings. Discover the new worlds with the amazing night paddling feature of the Outbacks!
The Light Capsule has a transparent bottom that lets you put in a flashlight of your choice for an amazing night paddling sensation! You can, of course use it to store car keys, your favorite drink or even tackle bait. The boards feature the fully padded nose for a comfortable ride of your kid or your dog. Paddle out and kick back – the Outback!
BIC – FULL HP 2
The Full HP 2 reveal significant advances in the design of inflatable kayaks, with a panelled structure using the new Drop Stitch technology. These high-pressure inflated, rock-solid panels, assembled around pre-formed bow and stern elements, combine to create an ultra-rigid, high-performance kayak. A new revolution in inflatables…
Best for : Family fun, fitness, leisure outings and exploration.
For who : Intermediate to advanced level paddlers looking for a top-of-the-range inflatable kayak for outings and exploration on all kinds of water, flat and rough.
Summary : High-performance inflatable kayaks made using Drop Stitch construction technology, giving them extremely good rigidity, plenty of space inside the cockpit, and a superior level of glide.
- Paneled, Drop Stitch high-pressure structure (same as our SUP range) = strength, stiffness and light weight
- Manufactured with a fusion of high performance cloths and glues = powerful adhesion, durability
- Profiled deck (with deep V molded tip sections front and rear) and steep-angled run-offs = excellent glide, high performance, lateral stability, directional control
- Versatile design concept = great for all kinds of kayaking styles (and even SUP !)
- Totally dual performance (FULL HP2) : identical solo and duo paddle comfort
- Huge capacity for carrying equipment in the cockpit (plus extra, elasticated carry nets)
- Fast, easy inflation in less than 8 minutes thanks to its high pressure pump
- H3 high-pressure valves = reliable, totally air-tight, replaceable
- Auto-empty bung = fast, easy emptying after use
- Front deflector to minimize water entry in heavy chop
NAUTIRAID – NARAK CROSS 475
NAUTIRAID – NARAK CROSS 475
Specs : 475 x 77 cm – 23,5 kg – folds in one bag
Assembly time 20 minutes
Frame : Polyacetate black crossribs – stainless steel 316 L fastenings – 6060 black anodized aluminum tubes
Hull : 1100 Dtex PVC material
Cockpit coaming : cold molded ash wood rim
Options : rudder, spraydeck, bungee straps
Deck colours : Arctic White, Commando Black, Orange Tangerine, Expedition Red, Royale Blue, Smoke Grey
Folding kayaks are the ancestors of the new breeds of collapsible boats so trendy today. Nautiraid re-invent its concept with the Narak Cross 475, getting down the assembly time, and keeping the high level of paddling pleasure a folder offers : more seaworthy, more speed, superior stability when edging. All in one bag and with the ability of switching from 2 paddlers to 1 when needed, just by removing a seat and placing the other in the middle of the boat. The wood cockpit rim adds a charming note to the kayak.
Nautiraid build its kayaks in France with Western Europe components only.