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A PFD 1 – Australian Standards Required or EU standards is required to be worn at all times while on the water. Hobie will provide all international competitors (FOC) with an Australian Standard PFD for use during the competition. You cannot use a USA coast guard approved vest in Australia.

Mains voltage in Australia is 240V 50Hz. Competitors from most nations in Asia and Europe should have appliances that work on the same mains voltage as Australia - therefore you will not need a voltage converter. Notable exceptions to this are USA and Canada which uses 100/120V 50/60Hz. If your country does use the same mains voltage as Australia all you need is a power adapter. This enables you to plug your appliance into the sockets in Australia. Simply put, you plug your appliance into the power adapter and then plug the power adapter into the wall socket in Australia. The plugs in Australia have 2 flat metal pins shaped live a "V" and some may contain a third flat pin in the centre.    

A RAM camera mount and RAM GoPro mounting base will be provided.  This fitting will be mounted in the mast sail tube. This is the only camera mounting system that will be allowed on the event boats.  

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

The kayak for the 2013 World Championships is the Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 14. Details of fit outs for the 2013 Pro Angler 14 will be announced shortly. In the previous two world championships the kayaks have been brand new, direct from the factory.  In 2011 it was a Hobie Pro Angler 14 and in 2012 it was a Hobie Pro Angler 12. The kayaks were fitted out with: a Hobie Live Well, a Hobie Anchor Trolley, a Hobie Drift Shute, a Hobie Stake out Pole and a Lowrance Fish Finder.

No Hobie parts are allowed to be removed and replaced on the kayaks.

Once qualifiers (including any wildcards) have been identified, you will receive an invitation to attend the Hobie Fishing World Championship in Australia from the event organisers.  You must formally accept this invitation with a return email, within the nominated time on the invitation, or you will lose your spot in the event. (Your spot may be allocated to another angler if you do not reply in time)

PREFISH BANS         •     Anglers fishing in the 3rd Daiwa Hobie Fishing World Championships will not be allowed to access either of the tournament arenas;                   Bemm River (or any part of the the Sydenham Inlet system) from and including Wednesday the 16th of October 2013, till and including Tuesday the 29th of October 2013.                 Marlo (including any part of the Snowy River, Brodribb River or the adjoining lakes), for any reason, after and including Monday the 21st of October 2013, till and including Thursday the 31st of October 2013.       •     A pre-fish ban means anglers are not allowed on competition waterways and linked systems for ANY REASON.       •     A pre-fish day will be allowed for the WORLDS competitors only at Bemm River on Wednesday October 30. (Times to be announced)       •     A Navigation day will be allowed for all anglers at Marlo on Friday November 1.       •     During the navigation day, anglers may sound out fish but cannot take any fishing tackle out.

Bemm River and Marlo are great fisheries. The Bemm River Township is located in East Gippsland in Victoria, Australia on the shore of Sydenham Inlet 441 kilometres east of Melbourne. The Bemm River flows into the inlet east of the town and the ocean beaches are a short drive to the southwest. Bemm River Angling Club - http://www.brac.asn.au At the gateway to Victoria's "Wilderness Coast" in Far East Gippsland, Marlo is set amongst the most beautiful waterways and beaches found in Victoria. Marlo Fishing - http://www.marlo.vic.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=34&Itemid=8  

The best option is not to rely on public forums. I would suggest that you contact Steve Fields on +61 2 44 418 400 ext. 108 or email to sfields@hobiecat.com.au

$150.00 AUD will be the entry fee for all world championship competitors (Australian and International). This will cover entry at both of the world championship locations.

Hobie Cat Australasia has booked "Official Accommodation" for all teams competing in the 3rd Hobie Fishing World Championship in Victoria, Australia. Details of the accommodation will be included in the invitation you recieve to compete in the tournament.

Session times will be published in the official PDF file that we will send to all competitors who qualify for the world championship.

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

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

No, only factory supplied equipment can be used.

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

No. Your Hobie factory supplied kayak will come with a Fish Finder. No other electronics can be used or mounted.  

Yes. This will allow you to carry a selection of lures / line / etc. using the removable tackle box ( The tackle box must be replaced, intact and empty at the completion of the world championships).  

Fishing gear - Rods, Reels, Line, Lures, PFD type 1, and a Victoria Fishing Licence. (wet weather gear is advisable)

No, the kayaks will be returned each day/night to the holding area (which we will announce).  

The batteries will come charged however it is the responsibly of each competitor to charge them each day/night. Hobie will supply a charger.  

Yes, Hobie will set a pre-fish time in which you can use the kayak.  

Yes. You will need to purchase a fishing licence, for the state of Victoria, to compete in the Hobie Fishing World Championship. You can buy a 28 day license for $12 AUD from https://checkout.payments.com.au/dpi_fishing/  (make sure you enter an appropriate license starting date and print off and bring a copy to the event).  If you do not buy this license online there are many locations in Victoria where you will be able to purchase a licence.

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