The 2019 Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship One-Hour Special Premieres on Sportsman Channel, Saturday, July 13th at 7PM EST

Heliconia, producers of Kayak Bassin’ presented by Bonafide Kayaks and Knot Right Kayak Fishing presented by FishUSA, proudly announce the airing of the 2019 Kayak Bass Fishing (KBF) National Championships – a one-hour special premiering on Sportsman Channel, Saturday, July 13th at 7pm EST.

The YakAttack KBF National Championship presented by Torqueedo is an annual event that features the nation’s top kayak anglers and the sport’s up-and-coming talent. This year’s competition saw nearly 500 of the best kayak anglers from across the US and Canada descend upon Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana to compete for over $200,000 in prize money. Co-hosted by television star, YouTube personality and KBF president Chad Hoover, YouTube stars Scott Beutjer and Gene “the Flukemaster” Jensen, as well as KBF Creative Director Joe Haubenreich, the tournament was fast paced and competitive as over seven thousand fish were caught during the three-day competition.

“Competition amongst anglers, against the elements, the fish and themselves is fundamental to fishing. All of that was on display this spring at the YakAttack KBF National Championship presented by Torqeedo, the biggest event in the world of kayak fishing,” said KBF President Chad Hoover. “The three-day tournament was held on the Red River and the five lakes surrounding Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana. Over 460 kayak anglers came to explore Louisiana’s bayous, lakes and backwaters. Anglers had to find their best 15 bass to earn the title of KBF National Champion and take home a check for $50,000 and their share of over $46,000 in KBF BONUS BUCKS.”

The KBF National Championship uses the revolutionary Catch, Photo, Release (CPR) online scoring format, whereby anglers photograph their bass on standardized measuring boards as they’re caught, and then upload the images to the event website. This not only allows fish to be released where they’re caught, but it provides spectators and competitors with a live leaderboard, from start to finish. The combined scores of up to five bass each day—15 in all—determines the final standings.

For a sneak peak of all the 2019 KBF National Championship action, check out the episode teaser at bit.ly/2019KBFNC. For more information on the KBF National Championship, visit www.kayakbassfishing.com/2019-kbfnc/.

About Kayak Fishing with Chad Hoover: Chad Hoover loves to fish. So much so, he has little tolerance for those who don’t. His passion and talent for bass fishing, along with his dynamic personality and desire to share the sport of kayak fishing, has made Chad a leader of the worldwide kayak fishing movement. Chad is the host Kayak Bassin’ presented by Bonafide Kayaks which airs on WFN, the host of Knot Right Kayak Fishing presented by FishUSA which airs on Sportsman Channel, and is the charismatic online personality behind the Chad Hoover YouTube Channel, the Kayak Bass Fishing Facebook Page and the Kayak Bass Fishing Instagram account. Chad is also the founder and president of Kayak Bass Fishing – the nation’s foremost organization that engages, supports and informs kayak bass anglers. For more information, visit www.kayakbassinshow.com and www.kayakbassfishing.com.

About Heliconia: Heliconia is an award-winning video production company that specializes in outdoor productions. For 21 years Heliconia has helped industry-leading brands, and some of the world’s top tourism authorities, communicate their marketing message in a unique, and inspiring way. Heliconia offers custom video production services and produces six unique television series which air on such networks as Sportsman Channel, FOX Sports, Outside TV, Nautical Channel, and World Fishing Network. Heliconia is also a leader in online video productions, with over 282,000 YouTube subscribers and 68 million views. See all Heliconia’s work at www.helipress.com.

Another Epic Season of Epic Trails Set to Hit US Airwaves, June 4th

Heliconia, the video production company behind the hit television show Epic Trails, is excited to announce that Season 2 of the highly anticipated series is set to premiere on FOX Sports Network on Tuesday, June 4th at 5:30pm. Following close behind the launch on FOX Sports Network, Season 2 of Epic Trails will begin airing on Outside TV.

The season kicks off with host, Eric Hanson, putting his physical and mental strength to the test on what is humbly known as one of the most challenging hikes in the world – Papua New Guinea’s Kokoda Track. As Eric puts it, “The Kokoda Track is known as one of the world’s most difficult trails. It’s steep. It’s hot. It’s muddy. And it’s bloody amazing.” Between hikes, Eric experiences first-hand the diverse cultures of the region’s indigenous people and is moved by their customs and the incredible hospitality they show towards him.

Beginning with Papua New Guinea, Season 2 of Epic Trails will feature one awe-inspiring destination after another, including: Canada’s Sunshine Coast, British Columbia; England’s Peak District & Derbyshire; Juneau, Alaska; Jämtland, Sweden; Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada; Wales; New South Wales, Australia; California; and Poland. There will plenty of opportunity to catch the show this season as the premiere episode alone is scheduled to air 26 times in the month of June. Those curious to see what all the buzz is about can check out the Season 2 teaser here: bit.ly/EpicTrailsTeaser_S2.

Between airings, Epic Trails fans can access inspiring content on the Epic Trail’s Facebook page, Instagram account and blog. Subscribers to the show’s YouTube Channel, BackpackingTV, will enjoy a steady release of new content including behind-the-scene VLOGS from Epic Trails film shoots, backpacking tips, answers to subscriber questions, and episodes of Trackin’ Dirt an exciting new digital series being released in conjunction with Epic Trails.

With 10 incredible destinations showcased in this season, and adventures ranging from mountain biking through the Rockies to coasteering in Wales; exploring Alaska’s ice caves to rock climbing the iconic El Capitan; reindeer herding with the Sámi people in northern Sweden to scallop diving in the Atlantic Ocean; and spending the night in majestic medieval castles to camping under awe-inspiring Northern Lights, this season of Epic Trails promises to be just that – epic.

About Epic Trails: Epic Trails is an exciting and inspiring adventure travel TV series that follows host, Eric Hanson, as he explores the people, places, and adventures surrounding the world’s top trails. Each 30-minute episode airs on Outside TV and the FOX Sports regional networks. Season 1 episodes have aired over 680 times since the series debut in 2018. Learn more about the series at www.epictrailstv.com. Networks interested in carrying Epic Trails are encouraged to reach out to Heliconia’s Vice-President,  Brendan Mark, at brendan@helipress.com.

About Heliconia: Heliconia is an award-winning video production company that specializes in outdoor productions. For 21 years Heliconia has helped industry-leading brands, and some of the world’s top tourism authorities, communicate their marketing message in a unique, and inspiring way. Heliconia offers custom video production services and produces six unique television series which air on such networks as Sportsman Channel, FOX Sports, Outside TV, Nautical Channel, and World Fishing Network. Heliconia is also a leader in online video productions, with over 272,000 YouTube subscribers and 66 million views. See all Heliconia’s work at www.helipress.com.

WINTER CAMPING CAN REALLY SUCK – OR IT CAN BE EPIC: HELICONIA RELEASES NEW WINTER TIPS VIDEO SERIES

Heliconia is proud to announce the release of a new series called “Winter Tips”. Hosted by Eric Hanson, expert backpacker and star of the popular Epic Trails TV show, the series provide viewers with best practices on how to successfully, and enjoyably, go winter camping. The videos, eight in total, can be viewed on the Backpacking TV YouTube channel.

The Winter Tips series was officially launched with the release of an inspirational video fittingly called “Winter Camping Can Suck – Or it Can Be Epic.” Filmed over 2 days in -4 Fahrenheit temperatures in the beautiful Ottawa Valley, Canada, this piece combines breathtaking cinematography with easily accessible expert advice. Throughout, Eric explains his desire to inspire others to give winter camping a try.

“Most people don’t want to experience the discomfort [of winter camping],” empathizes host Eric Hanson. “But what they’re doing is ruling out that they’re going to experience the other extreme, which is the joy and the elation and the peace and the beauty that comes with it.”

Viewers keen on learning more about winter camping can subscribe to the Backpacking TV YouTube channel, or visit Eric’s blog.

Brands and tourism destinations interested in partnering with Eric and reaching the wider backpacking community are encouraged to contact Brendan Mark, Heliconia’s Vice-President, at brendan@helipress.com.

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About Epic Trails: Epic Trails is an exciting and inspiring adventure travel TV series that follows host, Eric Hanson, as he explores the people, places, and adventures surrounding the world’s top trails. Each 30-minute episode airs on Outside TV and the FOX Sports regional networks. Learn more about the series at www.epictrailstv.com.

About Heliconia: Heliconia is an award-winning video production company that specializes in outdoor productions. For 21 years Heliconia has helped industry-leading brands, and some of the world’s top tourism authorities, communicate their marketing message in a unique, and inspiring way. Heliconia offers custom video production services and produces seven unique television series which air on such networks as Sportsman Channel, FOX Sports, Outside TV, Nautical Channel, and World Fishing Network. Heliconia is also a leader in online video productions, with over 264,000 YouTube subscribers and 64,900 million views. See all of Heliconia’s work at www.helipress.com.

 

 

TWO HELICONIA FILMS SELECTED AS FINALISTS IN THE 2019 PADDLING FILM FESTIVAL WORLD TOUR

Beachburg, Canada: Heliconia is proud to announce their short films Paddling with Kids: Starting Kids with Kayaking and Sea Kayak Surfing in Jamaica have been selected for the 2019 Paddling Film Festival World Tour. The films are two of 26 short listed films to be included in this year’s Paddling Film Festival World Tour.

Paddling with Kids: Starting Kids with Kayaking provides parents with best practices for introducing kids to the sport of kayaking and is part of the Youth Safe Paddling Series, a partnership with the American Canoe Association (ACA). The series was funded by the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund.

“We have worked with Heliconia Press for over four years and have developed a great partnership with the team through dozens of projects, the most recent being the Paddling with Kids series,” explains Marcel Bieg, Western States Outreach Director and Grant Manager for the American Canoe Association. “Their professionalism and dedication to the production and accuracy of media in all its forms, is always evident. We appreciate their attention to detail and creative approach in bringing the Paddling with Kids series to life.”

Sea Kayak Surfing in Jamaica is an excerpt from Heliconia’s popular Facing Waves television series. It showcases the beautiful blue coast of the island of Jamaica and its incredible, yet surprisingly small, local surf scene.

“Surfing the Jamaican waves in a sea kayak was both exhilarating and humbling,” reminisces Heliconia President and Facing Waves Producer and Host, Ken Whiting. “But I think the coolest thing, was how friendly and welcoming the surf community was in Jamaica. The place has great waves, great people, and a great all-around vibe.”

This is not the first time Heliconia’s productions have been selected for the film festival. In 2017 the organization won Best Stand Up Paddling Film for Facing Waves: Paddling Barbados and Best Kayak Fishing Film for The Kayak Fishing Experience. Heliconia’s films Sea Kayaking in Juneau, Alaska and The Golden Rules of Canoeing were finalists in 2018.

The 2019 Paddling Film Festival World Tour will screen in more than 120 cities around the world, showing an inspiring curated collection of films to thousands of captive audience members. Both Paddling with Kids: Starting Kids with Kayaking and Sea Kayak Surfing in Jamaica are up for the Aqua-Bound People’s Choice Award.

A list of film festival screening venues can be found online at www.paddlingfestival.com. For a preview of Heliconia’s award-winning short films, in addition to dozens of inspiring and educational videos, visit the YouTube Channel TheHeliconiaPress, or www.helipress.com.

About Heliconia: Heliconia is an award-winning video production company that specializes in outdoor productions. For 21 years Heliconia has helped industry-leading brands, and some of the world’s top tourism authorities, communicate their marketing message in a unique, and inspiring way. Heliconia offers custom video production services and produces seven unique television series which air on such networks as Sportsman Channel, FOX Sports, Outside TV, Nautical Channel, and World Fishing Network. Heliconia is also a leader in online video productions, with over 260,000 YouTube subscribers and 64 million views. See all Heliconia’s work at www.helipress.com.

 

SEASON 7 PREMIERE OF KAYAK BASSIN’ PRESENTED BY BONAFIDE KAYAKS AIRS ON WORLD FISHING NETWORK MONDAY, JULY 2ND AT 7PM EST

Heliconia, producers of Kayak Bassin’ presented by Bonafide Kayaks, proudly announces the launch of Season 7 on World Fishing Network (WFN) on Monday, July 2nd at 7p.m. EST.

Season 7 of Kayak Bassin’ kicks off as Chad Hoover chases big bass in the lakes of Bentonville, Arkansas. Fans of the show can look forward to the show airing weekly on WFN year-round.

Now entering its 8th season of filming, Kayak Bassin’ stars obsessed kayak angler and funny man, Chad ‘Knot Right’ Hoover, in a comical and informative show that takes viewers bass fishing throughout the southeast. This season, Chad travels to South Carolina, Arkansas, Florida, and Wisconsin in search of big bass and to catch ‘em where others can’t.

Learn more about the series at http://www.kayakbassinshow.com.

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About Kayak Bassin’ presented by Bonafide Kayaks: A fresh new style of fishing show, packed with exciting bass action and valuable bass fishing tips, Kayak Bassin’ is a TV series designed to excite and educate viewers whether or not they have ever considered fishing from a kayak. Kayak Bassin’ follows Chad on his entertaining backwoods adventures, while offering anglers valuable fishing tips and tricks.

About Heliconia: Heliconia is an award-winning video production company that specializes in outdoor productions. For 21 years Heliconia has helped industry-leading brands, and some of the world’s top tourism authorities, communicate their marketing message in a unique, inspiring, and cost-effective way. Heliconia offers custom video production services and produces six unique television series which air on such networks as Sportsman Channel, FOX Sports, Outside TV, Nautical Channel, and World Fishing Network. Heliconia is also a leader in online video productions, with over 235,000 YouTube subscribers and 58 million views. See all Heliconia’s work at https://www.helipress.com.

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