Four Hobie Fishing Team members will soon land on Australian shores to represent the U.S. in the first ever Hobie Kayak Fishing World Championships presented by Daiwa Australia and hosted by Hobie Australasia. They will be part of an 18-team roster from five countries including the U.S., Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, and Australia. The invitation-only international event will be held October 27-30 in Port Macquarie along the New South Wales coast. Participants are chosen from each country based on a combination of skill and passion for Hobie fishing.
“We’ve seen a huge growth in kayak fishing tournaments over the past several years and we’re looking forward to expanding this enthusiasm into international competition,” stated Doug Skidmore, president of Hobie Cat. “We love the idea of embracing a common passion that overrides language and cultural barriers.”
The format pairs international two-person teams in a three day competition on Australia’s beautiful tidal rivers in search of the elusive golden Bream, pound for pound one of Australia’s most challenging game fish. Competitors will compete in identically rigged Hobie Mirage® Pro Anglers propelled by Hobie’s patented MirageDrive® system and fitted with Lowrance® electronics. Live weigh-ins of the catches will take place on each of the three days of competition and a champion will be crowned based on total weight.
U.S. team challengers include:
Morgan Promnitz – Hobie Fishing Product Manager
Keeton Eoff – Hobie Fishing Marketing Manager
Jackie Smith – Hobie Fishing Team Ambassador
Jose Chavez – Hobie Fishing Team Regional Member
The date and location for the 2012 event will be announced later this winter.
Since 1950, Hobie has been in the business of shaping a unique lifestyle based around fun, water, and quality products. From their headquarters in Oceanside, California, Hobie Cat Company manufactures, distributes, and markets an impressive collection of watercraft worldwide. These include an ever-expanding line of recreation and racing sailboats, pedal-driven and paddle sit-on-top recreation and fishing kayaks, inflatable kayaks, fishing boats, and float cats, plus a complementary array of parts and accessories.