Hobie Fishing Worlds 2022


AUGUST 9TH – 14TH 2022.
Hobie and the International Hobie Fishing Worlds Team are pleased to announce provisional dates for Fishing Worlds 9: August 9th – 14th 2022.

The tournament will be returning to Sweden for destination Åmål where the world’s best will compete for the most prestigious title in kayak fishing. Top anglers from across the globe, will be targeting monster pike and perch with new provisional dates to be advised. 


Lake Vänern

Åmål Sweden, a picturesque town of just under 10,000 local residents is nestled on the shores of the vast Lake Vänern, the third largest lake in Europe which holds some of the largest pike we’ve ever seen, often well over a metre long.

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World Champions

Salah Eddibe El Barbouchi

Salah Eddibe El Barbouchi, is 39 years old lives in Germany, and has competed in two Hobie Fishing World Championships. The 2019 Worlds on the Gold Coast and the 2018 Worlds in Amal, Sweden where he became the first European to take out the top prize.

Andrew Death

Andrew is a carpenter and a father of two that lives in Sydney NSW and has been competing in bream fishing competitions since 2010.

He has represented Australia twice in China with the best result being 4th. He has also competed in several Australian bream championships, with the highest result of 4th. 2019 was his first time attending a Hobie worlds competition and his first time fishing on the Gold Coast.

Other hobbies include kitesurfing and surfing.

Steve Lessard

Born and raised in Louisiana, Steve was fortunate enough to win a qualifying event with the IFA that allowed him to compete and win in his first Hobie Kayak Fishing Worlds in The Netherlands in 2014.

He then went on to represent the USA in his second Hobie Fishing World Championship on Shang Lake in Changshu, China in 2015.

In 2016 he was privileged to compete in the familiar waters of Leeville, Louisiana in Hobie Fishing Worlds 6. The pressure was on to deliver and after a tough three days of competition, he did just that taking out his second Hobie Fishing World Championship.


Lure fishing since he was 6 years old, Xiaohong Mahas participated in many fishing competitions at both domestic and international levels. He has lead Chinese team in Denmark which secured his position and eventual victory in the 2015 Hobie Fishing Worlds in China. Ma believes That only by constantly summing up experience in fishing, can we constantly improve ourselves.

With his own Lure fishing Club, the focus of the current work is to promote and publicize eco-friendly Lure fishing, a healthy and environmentally friendly fishing sport.

Richard Somerton

I feel very privileged to have been able to represent Australia in seven Hobie Fishing World Championships.

To be able to fish the world as I’ve done is not something everyone has had the opportunity to do and I’ve been very lucky to have experienced the fish and more importantly the people.

Just about my whole life I have fished and caught my first fish at age 3 and it has stayed with me till aged 47 and I’m very sure it will be the last thing I will be doing when I go!

Marty Mood

Marty has been kayak fishing for over ten years and thanks to his affiliation with Hobie and his career as a Naval Aviator has had the pleasure to fish in some of the countries’ best and most diverse fisheries from the Coast of Maine to South Texas and everywhere in between.

He truly relishes the opportunity to fish for new species and with new anglers wherever his travels take him. He just completed a move to Pensacola, FL and is excited to begin learning what its beautiful crystal clear waters have to offer.

Scott Baker

Scott is from Mornington Australia and has competed in five Hobie Fishing World Championships.

In October 2011 he put everything he had learned into Winning the First Hobie Fishing World Championships held in Port Macquarie NSW, Scott also Appeared on AFC Barra in 2013, came second in the Hobie Grand Final 2013 with over 110 competitors from around the world, he also came 4th in the World 2013 World Title and a top 10 in the 2013 Hobie Bass Grand Final.

In 2014, Scott was the second highest placed Australian in 4th Hobie Fishing World Championship in the Netherlands.