Growing up in west Texas, Keeton fished in any farm pond and mud hole he could. Down the line Keeton has turned those simple beginnings into opportunities. He has fished all over North America adding to his species list and fine tuning his angling skills along the way.
Over the past thirteen years, he’s worked with industry leaders specialising in sales and marketing strategies, introducing new products to an ever expanding customer base, all the while, broadening his angling skills with every chance he gets, Keeton has gained a plethora of business and fishing knowledge. As part of the Hobie Cat Company team, Keeton shares his experiences bringing plenty of new and creative ideas and strategies to the Hobie kayak fishing world.
Keeton competed in the 1st Daiwa Hobie Kayak Fishing World Championships in Port Macquarie Australia, where he finished in 10th place and competed once again in Australia in 2013. He organised the 2nd Hobie Kayak Fishing World Championships in Texas, USA in 2012. As a member of the International Hobie Kayak Fishing Association, Keeton has had a major role in the success of the past Hobie Kayak Fishing World Championships.
Steve started fishing at an early age in Florida (USA) for Large and Small Mouth Bass, as well as other fresh and salt water fish. A former Hobie Catamaran World Champion and Australian National Hobie Catamaran Champion in multiple classes, Steve has now turned his hands back to his original love, fishing.
He is currently the Managing Director of Hobie Cat Australasia which is based in Huskisson on the New South Wales south coast and is a great supporter of kayak fishing events in Australia.
A testament to Steve’s event organising skills has been demonstrated by the success of past Hobie16 World Championships in such diverse locations as China, Fiji and Australia, to name a few.
The concept of the highly successful and popular Hobie Kayak Fishing World Championships hosted in Australia in 2011,2013 and Texas USA in 2012 was dreamed up by Steve and evolved from his experiences in competing in and organising sailing world championships.
Gero enjoys every kind of watersport. He is an enthusiastic sailor, surfer and fisherman.
He started fishing when he was 6 years old at his family holiday spot in the north of Germany. In this period he became infected by the “Hobie Way of Life” when he started sailing a Hobie 16 catamaran for the first time.
He moved on and has combined his experience in fishing and surfing and began fishing “Standing Up” from a Hobie Stand Up Paddleboard. He now is fascinated by the new Hobie Pro Angler 12. As part of Hobie Kayak Europe´s managment team he loves to share his passion for kayak fishing and the opportunity to promote Hobie Fishing all over Europe.
He was introduced to the Pro Angler 12 when he competed in the 2nd Hobie Fishing World Championships in Texas in 2012 and his latest ambition is to go fishing from the new kayak as much as he can.
Hobie Kayak Europe
Richard is a watersport enthusiast and he has been so from his childhood. Sailing, windsurfing, waterskiing, kayaking, motor boating and fishing have been his way to spend holidays. The fishing started while living in the USA on the Chesapeake Bay (Rockfish) and in Florida for Mahi-Mahi, Marlin, Sailfish, Snapper, Barracuda and Sea-Trout.
Richard runs Hobie Kayak Europe (European distributors for Hobie Kayak throughout Europe). Kayak fishing in Europe is starting to become very popular and Richard is very keen to see that this sport becomes as popular in Europe as it is in the USA and Australia. He also believes that it is the European’s turn to win the HFW in 2014. “It is the third time we have participated and hopefully we have “Home Team Advantage”!” All joking aside, Richard together with the other European organizers, Gero, Mike,Tim, Friso and Zach are very committed to making the 4th Hobie Fishing World Championship in the Netherlands a huge success.