Steve started fishing at an early age in Florida (USA) for Large and Small Mouth Bass, as well as other fresh and saltwater fish. A former Hobie Catamaran World Champion and Australian National Hobie Catamaran Champion in multiple classes, Steve has now turned his hands back to his original love, fishing.
He is currently the Managing Director of Hobie Asia Pacific which is based in Huskisson on the New South Wales south coast and is a great supporter of kayak fishing events in Australia with he and his team running the premier national kayak fishing series in the country. A testament to Steve’s event organizing skills has been demonstrated by the success of past Hobie16 World Championships where he led the organizing team in such diverse locations as China, Fiji and Australia, to name but a few.
The concept of the highly successful and popular Hobie Fishing World Championship hosted in Australia in 2011 and 2013, Texas USA in 2012, the Netherlands in2014, China 2015 and Louisiana USA in 2016 was dreamed up by Steve and evolved from his experiences competing in and organizing sailing world championships.
As a member of the International Hobie Kayak Fishing Association, Steve along with Keeton has have a major role in the success of the Hobie Kayak Fishing World Championships.
Growing up in west Texas, Keeton fished in any farm pond and mud hole he could. Down the line Keeton has turned those simple beginnings into opportunities. He has fished all over North America adding to his species list and fine tuning his angling skills along the way.
Over the past thirteen years, he’s worked with industry leaders specialising in sales and marketing strategies, introducing new products to an ever-expanding customer base, all the while, broadening his angling skills with every chance he gets, Keeton has gained a plethora of business and fishing knowledge. As part of the Hobie Cat Company team, Keeton shares his experiences bringing plenty of new and creative ideas and strategies to the Hobie kayak fishing world.
As a member of the International Hobie Kayak Fishing Association, Keeton along with Steve Fields have had a major role in the success of the Hobie Kayak Fishing World Championships.