Team USA

Keeton Eoff

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As a child, Keeton Eoff murmured his first word: fishing and a life¬long saga unfolded. Every time people in the neighborhood saw Keeton, he was carrying a rod and reel around with him. Growing up in west Texas, Keeton fished anywhere and everywhere that he could. At any sign of water, Keeton would be casting a lure in hope of pulling out some kind of fish. Stock ponds and drain culverts became his hangouts, which he later referred to as honey holes. Down the line Keeton has turned those simple beginnings into opportunity. He has fished all over North America using different tactics under different circumstances. Over the past twelve years, he's worked with industry leaders specializing in sales and marketing strategies, introducing new prod¬ucts to an ever expanding customer base, all the while, broadening his angling skills every chance he gets, Keeton has gained a plethora of business and fishing knowledge. Now part of the Hobie Cat Company team, Eoff shares his experiences bringing plenty of new and creative ideas and strategies to the Hobie kayak fishing world.

When asked about working in the fishing industry and how he got there, Keeton says, My parents let me be a kid growing up... doing what I loved, and I don't plan on that changing.

Morgan Promnitz

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Catching his first fish at the age of five, Morgan Promnitz was born into a lifestyle that has revolved around fishing. The rich waters of his native South Africa provided an excellent learning stage for him to hone his skills by catching bream, grunter, kabeljou and giant sharks from the beach.

In his later years, after moving to Southern California, Morgan amassed a lifetime of expe¬rience working in and around San Diego's fishing and kayak industries. If it's fly fishing for native golden trout in the Sierra Mountains or battling giant yellow fin tuna in the Pacific, Promnitz has done it. He landed his first yellowtail from a kayak in 2000, and became a guide in 2006. He now has the privilege of watching many of his clients and friends land their first trophy fish from a kayak. After hun¬dreds of hours fishing from Hobie kayaks, Promnitz has become a huge advocate of the sport. Today he continues this passion and now works as the Fishing Product Manager at Hobie Cat Company.

Jose Chavez

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DOB: NA

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Jose has been fishing all his life and got his start offshore, fishing the barrier reef in Belize. After moving to Tampa, he started pier and wade fishing before making a transition into kayak fishing in 2006.

His passion for kayak fishing and photography has made him a frequent contributor to Kayak Angler Magazine and other publications such as Florida Sport Fishing and Costal Angler Magazine. Additionally, Jose is a contributor to various fishing and photography websites and is a forum moderator and tournament director for the Hard Core Kayak Angler's Club; the largest kayak fishing club in Tampa Bay and one of the largest in Florida with well over 400 members.

Despite having an excellent redfish, snook, trout, and tarpon fishery, Jose frequently takes road trips all over Florida; his adventures have taken him from the muddy creeks of Jacksonville to the pristine waters of the Dry Tortugas. In addition to recreational fishing, Jose also fishes many of the kayak fishing tournaments throughout the state.

Jackie Smith

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Growing up in Southern Louisiana, Jackie Smith acquired the "fishing sickness" at a young age. Whether he was floating down the Tangipahoa River with friends for Redeye bass, or navigating through the bayous in a "bateau" scouting for redfish, fishing played a leading role in Jackie's youth. After high school, he was offered an athletic scholarship to Northwestern Louisiana, where he played football and ran track. In his spare time, he took advantage of the productive fishing waters in and around Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Upon graduating from college, Jackie was drafted by the St Louis Football Cardinals in 1962 and spent the next fifteen seasons playing tight end for the Cardinals, before finishing his career with the Dallas Cowboys in 1978. In 1994 he was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame.

For the past decade, Jackie has been an integral part of Hobie Fishing. In fact, he was one of the initial pioneers to ever try fishing from a Hobie MirageDrive kayak. Thanks to his passion and drive to grow the sport of kayak fishing, Hobie now has an entire team dedicated to making the best fishing kayaks on the market. You'll find Jackie travelling around the USA representing Hobie at writer's conferences, tradeshows, and many other events.

Jackie has teamed up with Greg Lewis in Australia, so he will be in good hands to show the other USA team members a thing or two about bream fishing in Oz.