Press release -
Hobie Fishing Championship hook up with Lowrance and GoFree
Lowrance and GoFree, part of the Navico group of companies today announced a new fishing championship competition agreement with Hobie Kayak Europe, one of the leading manufacturers of kayaks in the world. The agreement comes after the successful Hobie Fishing inaugural championship held last year in De Banaan, Ooltgensplaat, Netherlands, attended by over 50 anglers from 11 countries across Europe.
This year, the second edition of the Hobie Fishing European Championship powered by Lowrance and Gofree will take place between 11th and 13th September 2015 in the waters of Lac de Lacanau, a well-known freshwater fishing lake located 45minutes west of Bordeaux in Médoc. Lac de Lacanau covers approximately 4900 acres (2000Ha) of freshwater and is rich in all kinds of fish, including Roach, Bleak, Bream and predators such as Pike, Perch and Zander.
The championship will bring together Europe’s best kayak fishermen competing over the three day period. The Entry Fee for the three day event is 100 EUR and the angler with the most aggregated length of fish over the competition days will be crowned the European Champion.
“We are very excited about the partnership with Hobie Kayak Europe and supporting this great event. Fishing is in our blood and dates back to the 1957 when the company developed the first consumer sonar.” said Anthony Chmarny, EMEA PR Manager adding, “Lowrance has become a firm favourite and the natural electronic choice for anglers across the world.”
All contestants will fish from their own Hobie Mirage Kayaks in the hunt for Pike, Perch and Zander using a catch, photograph and release fishing format. Together with the European Championship title, the winner also directly qualifies for the 5th Annual Hobie Fishing World Championship being held the 9th to 16th November 2015 at Shang Lake, China.
Richard Barth, Director of Hobie Kayak Europe said, “We are delighted the world leaders in fishing electronics Lowrance and GoFree have joined forces and become the leading sponsors for the tournament over the next three years. It has really helped to ensure this event becomes an established competition in the fishing calendar.” Adding “We also have organising support partner Savagers who sell Hobie Kayaks and have great local knowledge needed to organize such a big competition.”
Additional prizes will be rewarded for the biggest fish caught, the best rigged Hobie Kayak and for the ‘Lowrance and GoFree distance champion’ the longest distance a competitor has travelled to the event.
The online GoFree brand was introduced by parent company Navico at the end of last year and is quickly becoming popular with the board range of boaters and anglers as it is designed to deliver online content and services to consumers anywhere they have a Wi-Fi or 3G/4G mobile connection.
GoFree works with Lowrance, Simrad and B&G Multifunction Displays (MFDs), as well as mobile devices and gives boaters access to what they want, when and where they want it. GoFree products include all existing Insight charts; Insight Genesis personalized mapping service with social map community data sharing, BioBase aquatic map SaaS and online content such as Jeppesen, NV Charts and more.
More information can be found at: www.hobiefishingeuros.com
Lac de Lacanau Location:http://goo.gl/Ed1Pto
About Hobie Cat Company
Hobie Cat Company is one of the leading manufacturers of kayaks in the world. As their representative, Hobie Kayak Europe is taking care of distribution and marketing in Europe. Based in Stellendam, the Netherlands the kayaks are distributed through their European dealer network.
Navico is a privately held international company with its headquarters based in Egersund, Norway. It is the world’s, leading marine electronics manufacturer and is made up of four main brands, Lowrance, which has been in marine electronics since it invented the first consumer sonar device in 1957 and have continued to push the envelope of innovative performance to help anglers find and catch more fish ever since. Simrad, has a rich history spanning back to 1946, providing a complete range of navigation solutions, communications equipment and instrumentation to both recreation and commercial industries. B&G has been on the cutting edge of sailing innovation since 1964, it has been producing marine electronics for both amateur and professional sailors across the world and is currently the marine electronics provider to the Volvo Ocean Race 2014/15.
The GOFREE brand is the newest development for Navico and deliver content and services to consumers over WiFi and 3G/4G mobile networks in the way they have come to expect from modern electronics, GOFREE spans across all the Navico brands as well as mobile devices, giving boaters access to what they want, when and where they want it.
Navico has approximately 1,500 employees globally based in offices in the Americas, Asia Pacific and EMEA and distribution in more than 100 countries worldwide. Navico, Lowrance, Simrad, B&G and GOFREE are registered trademarks of Navico and its subsidiaries. All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.