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.

Season 8 of Knot Right Kayak Fishing presented by FishUSA set to premiere May 23rd on Sportsman Channel

Heliconia, the video production company behind the hit television series Knot Right Kayak Fishing presented by FishUSA, is excited to announce that the 8th season of the entertaining kayak fishing show will premiere on Sportsman Channel, Thursday, May 23rd at 10:00 am est. The episode will re-air on Sunday, May 26th at 2:30 pm est.  

Season 8 of Knot Right Kayak Fishing presented by FishUSA kicks off with Chad “Knot Right” Hoover chasing big bass around La Crosse, Wisconsin with special guests Eric Siddiqi, Gene “Flukemaster” Jensen and Jeremiah Burish, in a mock tournament episode.

Regulars of Knot Right Kayak Fishing presented by FishUSA love Chad’s down-to-earth, honest and informative take on kayak fishing. While always the funny-man, Chad provides easy to understand tips and tricks to help anglers of all experience levels up-their game and land their personal best. Chad’s love for the sport is contagious and provides plenty of motivation for viewers at home to get out fishing themselves.

“Chad is a true kayak fishing pioneer and he always presents an entertaining and informative show, so we’re excited about sharing Knot Right with kayak anglers everywhere! It’s a perfect way for us to let kayak fishermen know how committed we are to offering the industry’s best assortment of kayaks and kayak fishing accessories,” FishUSA President & CEO, Jeff Parnell explained.

Four new episodes of Knot Right Kayak Fishing presented by FishUSA will air this season on Sportsman Channel. The show is currently in its 9th filming season. Brands interested in partnering with Chad are encouraged to reach out to Heliconia’s Vice President, Brendan Mark, at brendan@helipress.com.

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 of Knot Right Kayak Fishing presented by FishUSA which airs on Sportsman Channel, the host of Kayak Bassin’ presented by Bonafide Kayaks which airs on WFN, 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 272,000 YouTube subscribers and 66 million views. See all Heliconia’s work at www.helipress.com.

Season 7 of Facing Waves set to hit US airwaves, May 7th on FOX Sports Network

Heliconia, the video production company behind the paddling television series Facing Waves, is excited to announce the launch of the 7th Season of the award-winning show at on Tuesday, May 7th, on FOX Sports Network. A total of 26 airings are already scheduled for the Season Premiere episode on FOX Sports Sun, FOX Sports Arizona, FOX Sports Southeast, FOX Sports Southwest and FOX SportsTime Ohio. Following closely behind the launch on FOX Sports Network, Season 7 of Facing Waves will also soon be released on Outside TV.

Facing Waves is an exciting and inspiring TV series that follows top paddlers as they discover the cultures, landscapes and adventures of the world’s most amazing adventure travel destinations. In Season 7, the first six episodes of Facing Waves will shine a spotlight on the diverse regions and endless opportunities for adventure that are found in Québec, Canada.

The result of an exciting marketing partnership between Heliconia and the Alliance de l’industrie touristique du Québec, each of the first six episodes of Facing Waves feature two distinct regions in la belle province. The adventures showcased in these episodes include, but are not limited to, sea kayaking with puffins in the Côte-Nord, whitewater kayaking down the raging waters of the Kipawa Rivers, exploring sea caves in les Iles de la Madeleine, stand up paddle boarding through the huge waves of the St. Lawrence River’s Lachine Rapids, learning about the Cree culture in the James Bay region of Northern Québec, and of course, taste testing all sorts of local delicacies along the way…everything from sticky buns to sea urchins, smoked herring and local craft beer.

In addition to the six Facing Waves episodes, the partnership with the Alliance de l’industrie touristique du Québec produced a dozen premium YouTube videos which are housed on Heliconia’s PaddleTV YouTube channel. Part of the Paddle Tales YouTube series, each video showcases a different region of Québec, and invites adventure travelers to experience the authentic and friendly hospitality found throughout the province for themselves.

“We truly appreciated working with Heliconia for the series filmed in Québec,” shares Sébastien Viau, Vice-President of Marketing and Commercialization at the Alliance de l’industrie touristique du Québec.  “The production team’s focus and efficiency made it possible for us to produce a high-quality series that allows viewers to discover Québec’s spectacular territories, including its waterways, as well as its creative culture and generous welcome.”

Season 7 of Facing Waves will wrap up with an exciting episode filmed in what is humbly considered one of Europe’s most stunning waterways – the Krutynia River. The spectacular route measures over 62 miles long, passes through 20 lakes, eight rivers, two canals and six nature reserves.

Facing Waves, North America’s first and only paddlesport TV series, is broadcast through Outside TV, FOX Sports, and Nautical Channel to ninety million households across 44 countries. Season 7 will debut on Outside TV on Saturday, May 25th at 7:30 pm. For more information on the series, visit www.facingwaves.com.

Tourism destinations interested in being featured on Facing Waves are encouraged to reach out to Heliconia’s Sales and Partnership Manager, Stefanie Manton-Ward, at stefanie@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 267,000 YouTube subscribers and 65 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.

 

 

EPIC TRAILS SEASON PREMIERE TO AIR ON OUTSIDE TV WEDNESDAY, MAY 9TH AT 10PM ET

Heliconia is proud to announce the premiere showing of their Epic Trails series on Outside TV, Wednesday, May 9th at 10pm ET/ 7pm PT. The half-hour premiere episode, Exploring Canada’s First National Park, follows host Eric Hanson on his adventures heli-hiking, caving and backpacking through the backcountry around Banff and Lake Louise.

“Kicking off the first season of Epic Trails in Banff National Park was an easy choice to make,” explains Hanson. “Banff isn’t just Canada’s first National Park, it’s Canada’s most popular National Park, and for good reason. The landscape is absolutely stunning, and there are endless opportunities to get into the backcountry and explore.”

“The idea behind Epic Trails was to capture and share the magic of the world’s top hiking destinations,” says Heliconia President and Epic Trails Producer, Ken Whiting. “After watching the show, I think most people will agree that as the host of the series, Eric has one of the best jobs in the world.”

Epic Trails airs on Outside TV and follows Eric Hanson on his adventure travels, as he discovers the world’s top hiking and backpacking destinations. The first season of the show takes Eric deep into the backcountry of Banff National Park, Australia’s Northern Territory, New Zealand’s Abel Tasman National Park, Peru’s Sacred Valley, and Fiji’s mountainous interior.

The show is currently seeking hiking, climbing and mountain biking destinations to film in 2019. If you are interested in hosting the Epic Trails crew for an episode, please contact Brendan Mark at 613.582.7154 or brendan@helipress.com.

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About Epic Trails: Epic Trails is an exciting and inspiring adventure travel TV series that airs on Outside TV and follows host, Eric Hanson, as he explores the people, places, and adventures surrounding the world’s top trail destinations. Learn more about the series at https://www.epictrailstv.com/.


About Heliconia Productions:
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 Television, Nautical Channel and World Fishing Network. Heliconia is also a leader in online video productions, with over 225,000 YouTube subscribers and 56 million views. See all Heliconia’s work at https://www.helipress.com/.

HELICONIA’S JORDAN TRAIL FILM SELECTED AS A TOP 3 FINALIST AT THE 2017 ADVENTURE TRAVEL WORLD SUMMIT

Heliconia is proud to announce recently earning a top position in an international film competition. While filming an episode of their adventure travel series, Epic Trails, the production team also produced a short film for entry in the 2017 Adventure in Motion Film Competition put on by the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA). With the help of local guides and the welcoming nature of Jordan’s Bedouin community, the film explores the newly developed Jordan Trail—a 450-mile hiking trail traversing the length of the country through some of the world’s most inspiring landscapes and historical sites, including the ancient city of Petra.

“We traveled Jordan from North to South along the incredible Jordan Trail; affording us what can only be considered a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the rich diversity and beauty of this country,” explains Epic Trails host, Eric Hanson. “Exploring the many regions touched by the Jordan Trail more than exceeded my expectations and it was truly special for all of us on so many levels.”

Selected from over 140 submissions, the film was featured as one of the top three finalists at the 2017 Adventure Travel World Summit in Salta, Argentina and shown to over 700 industry delegates from 54 countries.

Deputy Director of the Jordan Tourism Board, North America, Janine Jervis, applauds the opportunity to have Jordan featured in such a film and hopes it “will entice travelers to come and capture the generosity of the Jordanian people and their eagerness to make all visitors feel welcome.”

Watch The Jordan Trail short film online here, or the full 22-minute TV episode of Epic Trails: The Jordan Trail—now free online—on Heliconia’s BackpackingTV YouTube Channel.

The show is currently seeking more hiking, climbing and mountain biking destinations to film in 2018. If you are interested in becoming an episode partner and hosting the Epic Trails crew, please contact Stefanie Manton-Ward at 613.582.7154 or Stefanie@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. The Epic Trails series airs Outside TV. Learn more about the series at

About Heliconia Productions: Heliconia is an award-winning video production company that specializes in outdoor productions. For 20 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 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 213,000 YouTube subscribers and 55 million views. See all Heliconia’s work at https://www.helipress.com/.

Sportskool, an on-demand sports and fitness coaching network launches Facing Waves series on September 18th, 2017 to nearly 50 million TV households

Sportskool, an on-demand sports and fitness network dedicated to providing comprehensive coaching and athletic training for all skill levels, today announced a new partnership with Heliconia, an award-winning video production company specializing in outdoor video production.

Starting in September 2017, Sportskool and Heliconia will debut the adventure travel TV show, Facing Waves. Now in its sixth season of filming, Facing Waves  tells the story of the people, places and adventures of various destinations on a paddle sports journey. The series launches on September 18th, 2017 on Sportskool’s cable video-on-demand platforms, including Verizon and Comcast, reaching nearly 50 million cable TV households in the US.

“We are thrilled to provide this amazing new content to our viewers,” said Dave Willox, president of Sportskool. “Paddling is an area Sportskool is just starting to delve into, and to begin with stunning video footage following expert paddlers as they explore the globe is incredibly exciting. Our viewers are going to love it, especially since the Sports and Fitness Industry Association reports that paddle sports are growing at a rapid pace.”

Sportskool currently provides content for more than 40 sports and fitness categories, with over 400 instructional videos featuring world-class training and advice from professional coaches and athletes.

“We’re eager to introduce the Facing Waves series in partnership with Sportskool,” said Executive Producer Brendan Mark. “Heliconia is committed to producing high-quality outdoor content, and we’re sure Sportskool’s audience is the right fit for the show.”

About Sportskool

Sportskool is the largest on-demand sports training content distribution network in the world, reaching nearly 50 million cable TV households through Comcast, Verizon FiOS, Cablevision, Spectrum, and streamed via Roku, YouTube and Amazon to a global audience. Sportskool is dedicated to sports and fitness programming for today’s active youth and families and provides 24/7 access to tips, insights, and one-on-one instruction from the biggest names in sports. For more information, visit http://www.sportskool.com/.

About Heliconia Productions

Heliconia is an award-winning video production company that specializes in outdoor productions. For 20 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 seven unique television series that air on such networks as Sportsman Channel, FOX Sports, Outside Television, Nautical Channel, and World Fishing Network. Heliconia is also a leader in online video productions, with over 200,000 YouTube subscribers and 50 million views. See all Heliconia’s work at https://www.helipress.com/.

SEASON 5 PREMIERE OF FACING WAVES AIRS ON OUTSIDETV FRIDAY, JUNE 9th at 10 P.M. EST

Heliconia, producers of Facing Waves, is proud to announce the launch of Season 5 on Outside TV, Friday, June 9th at 10 P.M. EST.

This season, Facing Waves will feature a variety of hosts, including Luke Hopkins, Anne Pagano, Heather Herbeck and Ken Whiting as they travel the globe in search of more of the world’s top paddling destinations. From Canada’s Sunshine Coast, BC and northern Saskatchewan, to travelling as far away as Taiwan and Sweden, the team will paddle kayaks, stand up paddleboards and other watercrafts to explore what makes each destination unique.

The first episode of the season, Paddling BC’s Sunshine Coast, follows husband and wife duo Luke Hopkins and Anne Pagano as they stand up paddle board and sea kayak through some of the Sunshine Coast’s most iconic places, including the beautiful Princess Louisa Inlet and surfing at one of the world’s premiere tidal rapids – Skookumchuk Narrows. The episode will premiere on Outside TV Friday, June 9th at 10 P.M. EST

Now in its 6th season of filming, Facing Waves is an adventure travel TV series that tells the story of the people, places and adventures of a destination through a paddlesports journey. The series is currently broadcast on FOX Sports Networks, Outside TV and Nautical Channel – reaching ninety million households, in three languages and forty countries.

Learn more about the series at www.facingwaves.com. To showcase your top paddling destination or brand, contact Stefanie at 613.582.7154 or stefanie@helipress.com.

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About Facing Waves

The Facing Waves TV series features stand up paddling, sea kayaking, canoeing, rafting, whitewater kayaking, and surf adventures from around the globe. Each 30-minute TV episode is broadcast in the U.S. through Outside TV and FOX Sports Network, and internationally in 40+ countries on the Nautical Channel. For video and information on past episodes please visit www.facingwaves.com.

About Heliconia Productions: Heliconia is an award-winning video production company that specializes in outdoor productions. For 18 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 five 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 180,000 YouTube subscribers and 47 million views. See all Heliconia’s work at www.helipress.com.

Facing Waves Season 5 Premiere Airs on FOX SPORTS SUN Friday, March 31st at 3 P.M. EST

Heliconia, producers of Facing Waves, is proud to announce the launch of Season 5 on FOX Sports Sun on Friday, March 31st at 3 p.m. EST.

Facing Waves is an exciting and inspiring TV series that follows top paddlers as they explore the people, places, and adventures of the world’s top paddling destinations.

In Season 5, Facing Waves explores the Galapagos Islands, Taiwan, Alaska, British Columbia, the Swedish-Norwegian Borderlands, Saskatchewan, Maine, and California by kayak and stand up paddleboard.

The first episode of the season, Paddling BC’s Sunshine Coast, follows husband and wife duo Luke Hopkins and Anne Pagano as they explore the region by sea kayak, and then put their stand up paddling skills to the ultimate test surfing the world renowned Skookumchuk tidal rapids. The episode will premiere on FOX Sports Sun on Friday, March 31st at 3 p.m. EST.

Now in its 6th season of filming, Facing Waves is an adventure travel TV series that tells the story of the people, places and adventures of a destination through a paddlesports journey. The series is currently broadcast on FOX Sports Networks, Outside Television and Nautical Channel reaching ninety million households, in three languages and forty countries.

Learn more about the series at www.facingwaves.com. To showcase your top paddling destination or brand, contact Stefanie at 613.582.7154 or stefanie@helipress.com.
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About Heliconia Productions:
Heliconia is an award-winning video production company that specializes in outdoor productions. For 18 years, Heliconia has helped industry-leading brands, and some of the world’s top tourism authorities, communicate their marketing messages. Heliconia offers custom video production services and produces six unique television series. Heliconia is also a leader in online video, with over 180,000 YouTube subscribers and 47 million views. See Heliconia’s work at www.helipress.com.

Contact Heliconia

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