USA announces team for Hobie World Championship tournament
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The USA has announced the kayak fishing team that it hopes can win back the coveted Hobie Fishing World Championship crown from arch-rivals Australia.
A daunting field of more than 50 competitors from 14 countries will contest the fourth annual event when it takes place in Europe for the first time from October 5th to 11th.
The championship is being hosted by Hobie Kayak Europe and presented by Rhino-Rack and Daiwa.
The US team includes returning competitors Tom Michael and Justin Carter, whose experience will benefit the five new qualifiers for the team – Steve Lessard, Elias Vasburge, Justin Richey, Scott Brenneman and Kyle Moxen.
While the title has been shared by the US and Australia thus far, the European team is hoping that fishing on home water will give them an edge. The competition will take place in the Vinkeveen Plassen, near Amsterdam, a venue famous for its pike, perch and zander.
Anglers will compete in identically-rigged Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 12 kayaks, propelled by Hobie’s MirageDrive system and fitted with Lowrance electronics, Ram Mounting Systems and Power-Pole micro anchors.