Garden & Gun Award

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Ian Balding Paddle & Surf

Honored by

Garden & Gun’s Made in the South Awards   




CHARLESTON, SC – (November 16, 2017) Garden & Gun magazine today announced Ian Balding Paddle & Surf of Wilmington, NC as a runner-up in its eighth annual MADE IN THE SOUTH AWARDS, in the OUTDOOR CATEGORY category. The Made in the South Awards celebrate and encourage Southern craftsmen who make products in six categories: Food, Drink, Style, Outdoors, Home, and Crafts.


The winning product is the Paddle Bateau, a cross between a SUP and a creek pirogue.  The Bateau is the ultimate paddle powered recreational vessel , ideal for fishing, hunting, clamming, oystering, camping, paddling to the surf, or paddling the family for fun.  It does it all.   


“The South has long been an incubator for some of the country’s most creative artisans and entrepreneurs, and we are so proud to honor their talent through the Made in the South Awards,” said David DiBenedetto, senior vice president and editor in chief. “Every year, we see an increase in the level of quality, craftsmanship, and creativity in the entries, and this year was the most impressive yet. Our judges were wowed, and we were honored to have the opportunity to review so many wonderful products, and to hear the inspiring stories of their creators.”


For more information on Ian Balding Paddle & Surf, visit


To learn more about the winners and finalists and how to purchase their products, pick up a copy of the December 2017/January 2018 issue of Garden & Gun or visit


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Garden & Gun is a multiplatform media company that celebrates stories of the American South through powerful journalism, bold photography, exquisite design, and finely curated retail and experiential journeys. The platform is anchored by its award-winning national magazine launched in 2007, Garden & Gun, which reports on the South’s sporting culture, food, music, art, literature, and its people and their ideas. The coveted audience of 1.6 million is further engaged through the brand’s Whole Hog podcast, numerous New York Times best-selling books, Mercantile + Co and Fieldshop retail experiences, and 75+ events each year, including its annual three-day celebration, JUBILEE, in Charleston, South Carolina. Visit



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