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2013 Everglades Challenge - 20.03.2013Hobie Adventure Island Rises to the Occasion in the 2013 Everglades Challenge Oceanside, California – March 12, 2013 - At exactly 7:00 Saturday morning, March 2, off the coast of Tampa Bay, Florida, 88 participants crossed the starting line of the Everglades Challenge. The event – a 300+-mile unsupported, expedition style adventure race for kayaks, canoes, and small boats –can most accurately be described as grueling. Five days, nine hours, 26 minutes, 330 miles and 62 participants later, Jim Czarnowski, Hobie’s director of engineering, crossed the finish line in Key Largo. His boat was the Hobie Mirage Adventure Island. His result was first place in his class and, perhaps even more impressive, he posted the fastest overall time of any competitor in the most difficult route, the famed Everglades National Park Wilderness Waterway. Jim was also on the first Hobie to ever make the remote and challenging passage. Many thought the water would be too shallow and too narrow for an outrigger-equipped Hobie powered with their patented MirageDrive® pedal system. Jim proved them wrong. As one of the most versatile watercraft on the market in all kinds of conditions, the Adventure Island lived up to its reputation as the ultimate boat for this sort of event. The sail enables the boat to fly in wider bodies of water between islands. The akas and amas can be folded inward making it narrow when maneuvering mangrove swamps. Hobie’s iconic MirageDrive pedal system can go flush against the bottom of the boat in grassy, muddy shallows. “Being on the boat for that long without any human contact was frightening and lonely at times but totally exhilarating,” commented Jim, AKA Penguinman. “For two days of the trip, I didn’t see a single person. The open ocean section was definitely challenging, but my boat held steady as I furled my sail in 30+ knots of wind and five- to six foot seas. Hitting eight to 10 knots for extended periods of time on a 16-foot open cockpit boat is nothing short of awesome!” The Challenge is one of several events run by the Watertribe Organization (http://watertribe.org/). Their mantra is to encourage the development of boats, equipment, skills and human athletic performance for safe and efficient coastal cruising using minimal impact human and wind powered watercraft such as sea kayaks, canoes and small sailboats. The event draws from hobbyists and professionals alike. It runs the gamut of a fun vacation week for some to a serious product testing session for others. In fact, the concept of Hobie’s Mirage Tandem Island was born in one of the earlier challenges. Jim competed with his wife, Elena, in a prototype, returned home and subsequently made a series of improvements that resulted in one of Hobie’s biggest success stories. The company has sold so many, in fact, that they actually have launched the Hobie® Island Club to get owners together to join in outings like the Everglade Challenge…and many others that are a lot less challenging. Competing “unsupported” means that there are no safety boats or support crews to help competitors during the race. Support crews cannot follow, give routing information, help with repairs or provide any kind of advice during the race. “Expedition style” means that participants must be self-sufficient and carry the same type of equipment and supplies that would be part of a four week or longer expedition including camping equipment, food, water, safety and communication devices. “I ended the week on a total high, both personally and professionally. It was just great to confirm all the work that our team has done in creating the Islands,” ended Jim. “And after the race, I was hoping to bask in the glory just a bit, but all anyone kept asking me was why my fun-loving wife, Elena, AKA “Ocean Diva,” wasn’t there and if she is coming next year!” 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 eco-sensitive 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, plus a complementary array of parts and accessories. -END- www.hobiecat.com
Pro Angler 12 Best of Show - 13.07.2012Great news !!. We have just been awarded Best Boat and Best of Show with The Pro Angler 12 at the ICAST Show 2012 in Orlando, U.S. This is due to great efforts of Hobie’s Engineering Team and the Hobie Fish Team, who set the parameters for this boat, to achieve greater stability, speed, lightness and capacity. Make sure to visit your local dealer for more information or to try out the new Pro Angler 12 For those, who are not familiar with ICAST, it's the biggest Fishing Show in the World and the New Products Award is the biggest Prize of the show. Last year the dedication of the Hobie Engineering Team resulted into an award for the Hobie Mirage Revolution 11. It shows that the Hobie Kayak Products are the best products available in the world!
Hobie Kayak Europe on Facebook - 13.12.2011Visit our Facebook page to keep up to date on the latest news from Hobie Kayak Europe. Leave a comment and let us know how you feel about Hobie Mirage Kayaks, Share your ideas, and communicate with fellow Hobie enthusiast.
Hobie Mirage Tandem Island - 09.11.2011Introduced in 2011 the Tandem Island has brought a rush of excitment to the kayaking world. With space for two, the 8.4 square meter sail provides a ride not to be forgotten and when the wind dies down you will always be confident the revolutionary MirageDrives will bring you home.
Introducing the Hobie Mirage Revolution 11 - 09.11.2011The smaller brother to the Revolution 13, the "Revo 11" provides a lightweight hull with quick acceleration and a impressive turning radius. Now available in the European market! contact your local dealer for more details.