Facing Waves

Facing Waves is an inspiring adventure travel TV series that follows world-renowned paddler and author, Ken Whiting, as he discovers the cultures, landscapes and paddling adventures that surround the world’s most amazing adventure travel destinations.

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A World Champion kayaker, author of 12 books and videos about paddling, and the host of the largest paddlesports YouTube channel, Ken is one of the most accomplished and respected paddlesport professionals in the world.

Ken is also the host and Producer of Facing Waves – North America’s only paddling focused TV series. Now in its 9th Season, Facing Waves is broadcast into more than 120 million US households through Outside TV, and the Bally regional sports networks.

“I have been an adventurer all my life and I am still learning. I like teaching and helping people experience the outdoors. I think this is what comes across in my content and one reason why I’ve connected so well with fans: my genuine love for paddling and getting out into nature. I want to share my knowledge and foster a similar passion in others.” – Ken Whiting


Season One

Experience the magic of sea kayaking with whales in Les Bergeronnes, Quebec.

Discover why the Ottawa River is considered one of the best whitewater kayaking rivers in the world.

Take part in the Green River Race -­‐ the ultimate test of one's whitewater kayaking skills.

Explore the magical stand up paddling opportunities that Puerto Rico has to offer, from a competitive race, to epic surf breaks.

Experience the breathtaking whitewater and coastal kayaking adventures of British Columbia, Canada.

Season Two

Named “Best Canoe Trail” by Outside Magazine, the Northern Forest Canoe Trail is the longest paddling trail in the US. Episode features canoeing, kayak fly fishing, and whitewater kayaking.

Take part in one of the world's most extreme whitewater races - the Alseseca Race in Veracruz, Mexico.

Challenge the Class V creeks by kayak, and then explore the incredible stand up paddling opportunities that the area offers with the "Queen of SUP", Nikki Gregg.

Explore the spectacular scenery and marine life around Isla Espiritu Santo in the Sea of Cortez during a 4-day circumnavigation, and experience extreme kayak fishing for marlin off Baja's East Cape.

Explore the stunning coastline of the world's largest freshwater lake.

Take part in the world's biggest and wildest stand up paddle race in Southern California.

Explore one of the world's most revered canoe tripping parks, and then paddle and camp along the exposed and rugged coast of Georgian Bay.

Join legendary stand up paddling expeditionary Mike Simpson, on his circumnavigation of Puerto Rico, and experience catching 150lb tarpon from a kayak.

Paddle an outrigger around the islands of Moorea, and then challenge the countries epic surf breaks on SUPs.

Discover why the Nantahala Gorge in North Carolina's Nantahala National Forest, is considered one of the premier paddling destinations in the world.

Explore Southern California's stunning Channel Islands and the surrounding area by sea kayak and SUP.

Season Three

Big surf and rugged coastlines make up Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way—a premier destination for some of the world’s top stand up paddle boarders and big wave surfers.

Breathtaking scenery, sparkling water and the vibrant tropical lifestyle of the Florida Keys and Key West are explored in this episode. Tour the mangroves by paddleboard, snorkel, and try SUP yoga with Nikki Gregg or kayak fish and lobster off Big Pine Key.

Quaint villages, dramatic coastlines and heart stopping encounters with whales by sea kayak–just a taste of what Newfoundland and Labrador has to offer.

There’s no better place to experience the magic of icebergs by sea kayak than the northern tip of Quirpon Island, the northernmost point of Newfoundland and Labrador.

With sheltered turquoise waters, the U.S. Virgin Islands are an ideal location to explore by stand up paddleboard. In this episode of Facing Waves, we compete in USVI's Paddle the Park SUP race, snorkel fish-filled waters, and find out why SUP yoga has become so popular.

In this episode of Facing Waves, we head to Washington State to paddle the San Juan Islands. Explore what goes into the making of a sea kayak with local manufacturer, Eddyline Kayaks, and hit the water to experience the Islands' pristine coastlines that are littered with humpback and killer whales.

With a $50,000 prize up for grabs, it’s no wonder the Payette River Games is one of the fastest growing paddling events! Experience all that Kelly’s Whitewater Park in Cascade, Idaho has to offer.

Facing Waves meets up with world-class freestyle paddler Mathieu Dumoulin and adventure photographer Paul Villecourt to experience the Sud de France, as well as take in a world championship kiteboarding event, the Mondial du Vent.

Experience Croatian culture as you paddle the Mediterranean as it once was along Croatia's beautiful island coastline.

With 85 miles of enticing coastline, North Carolina’s Crystal Coast offers a world -class natural playground, with some of the best surfing, and the longest fishing season along the Atlantic coast.

Season Four

Nikki Gregg heads to Canada's Ottawa Valley to watch over 200 athletes from around the world compete in the World Freestyle Kayaking Championships, and to put her stand up paddling skills to the ultimate test in the huge rapids of the Ottawa River.

Nunavik, in Canada's far north, welcomes Nikki Gregg where she learns about the Inuit culture and explores Tursujuq National Park by sea kayak.

Nikki Gregg heads to the stunning beaches of North Carolina's Crystal Coast to stand up paddle a world-class natural playground and meet up with kiteboarders catching big air.

Mild weather and warm waters welcome Nikki Gregg as she stand up paddles along the variety of coastlines that draw paddlers and adventurers to the Azores. She also visits crystal clear volcanic lakes, world-class surf spots and stunning coastal communities.

Nikki Gregg discovers spectacular wilderness lakes and secluded sections of river on her SUP and visits the vibrant country community of London Laurel County, Kentucky.

Among the numerous islands and atolls of Papua New Guinea, Nikki Gregg experiences traditional festivals, charged canoe races and embarks on an exploratory trip down a remote river.

New Caledonia native and professional surfer and windsurfer, Sarah Houser, takes Nikki on a SUP, and surf adventure in New Caledonia.

The BIC SUP Team explore the beautiful island of Barbados in search of the perfect wave.

Nikki Gregg explores the turquoise waters and breathtaking tropical islands of French Polynesia with her stand up paddleboard.

Nikki explores the beautiful country of Jordan by 4-wheel drive, camelback, and stand up paddleboard.

Nikki and guests explore the scenic whitewater creeks, rivers and lakes of Pennsylvania's beautiful Pocono Mountains.

The Facing Waves crew put their paddling skills to the test on the flowing rivers of Maine.