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2014 Kayak Angler's Choice Awards Winners

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After three rounds of voting the 2014 Kayak Angler’s Choice Awards have come to a close. Over 15,000 individual IP addresses, from twenty three countries participated this year, making this the most successful kayak fishing awards to date.

With voting so close, we are glad we had an extra week for checking. Voting was the tightest in the "Blog"s category, with the winner being decided by only two votes.

2014 Kayak Angler’s Choice Awards Winners


Angler of the year

  1. Joel Abrahamsson
  2. Aaron Stiger
  3. Steve Lessard


Kayak of the Year

  1. Hobie Outback
  2. Jackson Kayak Big Rig
  3. Wilderness Systems Ride 135


Product of the Year

  1. Wilderness Systems Phase 3 Air Pro Max Seat
  2. Feelfree Gravity Kayak Seat
  3. Hobie MirageDrive with Glide Technology


Paddle of the Year

  1. Bending Branches Angler Pro
  2. Werner Camano: Hooked
  3. Bending Branches Angler Classic


Magazine of the Year

  1. Kayak Angler Magazine
  2. YakAngling Magazine
  3. Kayak Fish Mag


Location of the Year

  1. The Keys, FL
  2. Devils River, TX
  3. Grand Isle, LA


Retailer of the Year

  1. Austin Canoe and Kayak - TX
  2. HOOK1 - TN
  3. Pack & Paddle - LA


Blog of the Year

  1. Saltwater Kayak Fisherman by Rob Appleby
  2. Angling Addict by  Rob Choi
  3. Paynes Paddle Fish by Chris Payne


Online Video of the Year

  1. 5 Days on the Devils River by Robert Field
  2. Just Beyond the Breakers #2 by Ty Southerland
  3. Kings On Kayaks by Teddy Wozny


Forum of the Year

  1. Texas Kayak Fisherman - TX
  2. Kayak Bass Fishing - TN
  3. Bayou Coast Kayak Fishing Club - LA

Every single vote cast was checked to be sure it complied with the "One person, one vote" program rule. This very strict scrutiny revealed that some people decided not to follow that rule. In the final round, over 1,300 ballots were disqualified. Many of those "vote cheaters" completed ballots from "spoofed" IP addresses - apparently in an attempt to get around Survey Monkey's built-in security features. The tremendous effort of double-checking every ballot was clearly worthwhile, and we're confident the final results accurately reflect the valid votes cast.

Congratulations to all the winners and all the nominees! and look forward to 2015. Like (or dislike) the results? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Mark Watanabe

Mark "YakSushi" Watanabe is the Co. Founder of YakAngler.com, "He built this site!". He considers himself a mediocre fisherman and an unexceptional writer. He's the devoted father of a ton of little sushis (Air Quotes) and everyday tech ninja.