Oceanside, California – January 18, 2016 - Who said Top Gun is only about Navy Strike Fighter Pilots? In 2015, Hobie® introduced their first Top Guns: a fiercely driven group of kayak anglers chosen from the company’s Fishing Team. For 2016, a new slate of Top Guns will build on the legacy of the company’s original fishing aces. The purpose of this elite group is to educate and share information about fishing from their Hobie kayaks, whether it involves strategy, a bit of good luck or simply passion.
To support and enhance the popularity of fishing out of Hobie kayaks, the Top Guns are tasked to share the kayak fishing techniques and tactics that have won them titles and admiration. The content they produce will be a combination of video, photos and web stories. This 2016 class of Top Guns was selected from across the United States based on their tournament performance, trophy catches, and enthusiasm for sharing the Hobie Way of Life with their respective Hobie retail partners and communities.
Kayak anglers are invited to get acquainted with this second wave of Top Guns by logging onto HobieFishing.com, follow the “Community” tab and selecting a Top Gun on the Hobie Fishing Team page. New articles or video will be posted regularly covering tackle tips, particular species, getting the most out of rigging, “fish stories” and much more.
Alabama: Benton Parrott
California: Larry Laumann
Connecticut: Shawn Barham
Florida: Brandon Barton Christina Weber Matt Vann
Hawaii: Gareth Uyeda Kevin Uyeda
Nebraska: Kevin Workman
Ohio: Quinton Echols
Oregon: Jeff Anderson
Washington: Brad Hole
Wisconsin: Robert Wendel
Since 1950, Hobie has been in the business of shaping a unique lifestyle based around fun, water, and innovative quality products. From their headquarters in Oceanside, California, Hobie Cat Company manufactures, distributes, and markets an impressive collection of eco-sensitive watercraft worldwide, with subsidiaries; Hobie Cat Australasia, in Huskisson, NSW, Australia and Hobie Cat Europe, in Toulon, France and independent distributors; Hobie Kayak Europe and Hobie Cat Brasil. These products 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 stand-up paddleboards, plus a complementary array of parts and accessories.
If you have written an outdoor-themed book in the past four years, the purpose of this letter is to ask you to join me and donate a copy of your book to create a new library of outdoors books at a town largely incinerated by fire and now rebuilding.
In late 2014 in Northern California, a wildfire swept through the town of Weed – one of America’s best areas for fishing, hunting and all outdoors recreation -- and burned 157 homes, 8 commercial buildings, two churches and the town’s library. A total of 14 fire crews with 453 firefighters with air support fought the blaze.
We are now rebuilding.
Earlier this year, with the Rotary Clubs of Mount Shasta and Weed, we raised $5,000 to help restore the Weed Library. The donations purchased computers, desks, tables and related furniture items at the library's new home at a former bank, arranged with a $1 per year lease.
Now we’re taking a fresh step.
To create a traffic builder at the new library and appeal to the outdoors nature of its residents and children – including people who do not typically visit libraries – we are creating a special section of outdoor-themed books. With donations from outdoors authors, we hope to create the best library of outdoor-themed books in America.
The town is in a rural area at the foot of 14,179-foot Mount Shasta and surrounded by national forests and vast wilderness areas. Many residents are passionate anglers and hunters, and all outdoor activities are popular. In addition to fishing and hunting, that includes, hiking, camping, boating, nature and landscape photography, kayaking, rafting, canoeing, mountain climbing, trekking, wildlife watching, RV camping, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and touring.
To make this new outdoors library happen, please join me and send your book to:
Shelley Green Weed Library 150 Alamo Avenue Weed, CA 96094
In 1988, the OWAA conference was held in Redding, 60 miles to the south, and many OWAA members took part in adventures in the region. Like me, you may have created a bond with the Mount Shasta region, and look forward for an opportunity to support an area devastated by wildfire.