How do I pronounce Amal?

Amal is not pronounced as you would read it phonetically in English. The best way to say it is to break it down into three parts: Or – More – L (as in lion).

What language do they speak in Sweden?

Swedish is the official language of Sweden, however, you will find that the majority of the population will also be able to speak English.

What currency do I need to exchange to for use in Sweden?

The general currency for use is not the Euro. You will need to convert to Swedish Krona (kr) if you use your personal bank account card or credit card at the airport or at an ATM in Amal you will be able to withdraw krona. The machines do have English options. There is also a money exchange at the airport.

Will my phone work in Sweden?

Unless you are from Europe and you have not arranged with your service provider in your country of origin your phone will more than likely not work and if it does will incur exorbitant fees. I may be better to purchase a local SIM card in Amal at a reasonable cost which will give you phone call access and a small amount of data. You can top up your data allowance with a small extra fee. Check out the link on this website where you can quickly and simply buy a sim card in Amal only a couple of minutes-walk from the event hotel. 

What do I do in case of an emergency?

During pre-fish and competition days event team will have emergency phones both on land and on water that you can call in case of an emergency. Emergency Numbers will be provided at the official briefing. In general emergencies outside of event times call 1177.

What do I do if I need medical attention?

In general emergencies outside of event times call 1177.

If the matter is not an emergency there is a medical Clinic located in Amal.

Balderklinken AB

Address: Sodra Langgatan 3B, 662 30 Amal
Phone: 0532-14 000
Mon to Fri: 8am – 10pm
Sat and Sun: 9am – 3pm

Will I be able to fit my own camera mounts?

Official event camera mounts will be supplied. No other camera mounts may be fitted to the event boats.

Can I move the camera mount from the top of the seat location to the H-Rail? Yes

Will the tournament team be fitting camera’s to my kayak for filming?

Yes, the tournament team will be fitting cameras to kayaks during the practice and comp days. Angler cannot refuse the mounting of event equipment.

Can I mark the minimum measurements for each species on the Measuring Board?


Is there a minimum size for each species of fish?


  • 45cm for Pike
  • 20cm for Perch

Can we use our smart phone to access Google maps while we are on the water?

No, you cannot use your smart phone to navigate. In doing so, it could create an unfair advantage. The boats are equipped with all the gear you need. You will have two pre-fish or practice days to learn the system.

I have a sponsor and would like to apply logos or decals to the hull, can I do this?

No. Hobie® have worked hard over the past seven years to develop a strong relationship with the tournament sponsors and allowing non-tournament sponsors on the hull would not be in the best interests of the tournament.

Can I fit other gear and equipment to my kayak?

No decals, mounts, fittings, or modifications shall be made to the factory supplied kayaks.

Can I bring and use a kayak seat cushion?


Can I wear my own jersey during the event?

During Navigation, Pre-Fish and Competition hours only approved event apparel and hats shall be worn by all anglers. Penalties may apply.

Can we use our own kayaks for the pre-fish days?


Will I need a fishing License?

You will not need a license to fish in Lake Vanern.

I have never used a Hobie kayak before, will I get instructions?

Yes, Hobie staff will outline the correct use of all equipment.

Will the Hobie kayak come with wheels?

Yes, Hobie will provide ample sets of wheels which can be shared among the competitors

Can I use my own tackle box and not use the supplied gear for my line and lures?


Does the kayak come with storage for my lures?

Your Hobie Kayak has a Large Twist and Seal hatch with a Tackle Management System, however the plano tackle boxes shown in the photo below will not be included. If you wish to bring your own to fit the system they take 3600 size.

Can I take the kayak back to my accommodation?

No, the kayaks will be returned each day/night to the holding area at the event site or nominated location.

Can I use the factory supplied kayak on the pre-fish day?

Yes, Hobie has set two pre-fish or practice days and starting and finishing times in which you will be permitted to use your issued Hobie kayak.

Is there a pre-fish ban?

Pre-fish ban dates and locations are listed on the official website

A pre-fish ban means anglers, or other people acting on behalf of anglers, are not allowed on competition waterways for ANY REASON.

During the pre-fish ban no contestant shall be on tournament waters, and no person shall be on tournament waters to locate fish or gain fishing information on a contestant’s behalf.

On pre-fishpractice days & tournament days, no other media person, media team or event individual other than official event staff will be allowed on the water. The angler(s) or team associated with the person(s) or team(s) with be DSQ’ed from the event.

Does the event have a set of kayak rules?

Yes. Official rules for HFW9 are on the official website.

Is there an entry fee?

A one-off fee will apply to all world championship competitors. (Competitors will be notified of the fee when they receive their invitation to compete in the world championship).

Where do I stay during the event?

Official accommodation for the event will be at Amals Stadshotell. For a gallery of images from the event accommodation please visit: Event Info

How can I find out about session times?

Session times will be announced at the official briefing.

Do I get to choose what colour kayak I will be using?

No, the factory will issue the kayaks with your name and country flag attached, the colour choice is up to Hobie.

Can I fit a sounder (fish finder)?

No. Your Hobie factory supplied kayak will come with a Lowrance Elite FS™ 7 with Active Imaging 3-in-1 . No other electronics can be used or mounted.

What gear do I need to bring?

Fishing gear – Rods, Reels, Line, Lures, Tackle boxes, Cell Phones for scoring.

Wet weather gear is advisable.

More information is posted on the website at: What to Bring

Will I need to charge the battery?

The batteries will some charge, however, it is the responsibility of each competitor to charge their batteries each day/night. Hobie will supply a charger.

What apparel can I wear during competition hours?

During competition hours all anglers are required to wear Event Approved Apparel Only (this includes caps/hats).