Nautical Venture Group, along with Hobie Kayak representative Doug Sparks, are spearheading an angler exchange program between the United States and China, resulting in the joint sponsorship of two international Extreme Kayak Fishing tournaments.
Yin Gouchen, secretary general of the China Angling Association in Beijing, will participate in the Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament 2015 Saltwater World Championship in the Bahamas from Thursday through Sunday this week.
Gouchen is the highest-ranking government executive in the recreational fishing industry in China. A second Chinese delegate, Max Wan, will accompany the secretary general.
“We are genuinely excited over the prospects this exchange program brings to both cultures,” Nautical Ventures CEO Roger Moore said in a statement. “We’ve been working on the details for close to two years, working through government red tape. Now that it’s a reality, we’re looking forward to hosting our guests and sharing a common love for this sport.”
“In a reciprocal fashion, our Chinese counterparts will host two American delegates in an upcoming international tournament this fall in China,” said Hobie Kayak representative Doug Sparks, who will sponsor the American team. “Our American delegates are yet to be determined, but will most likely be chosen from the winners of the Bahamas tournament.”
In recent years, extreme kayak fishing has become one of the fastest-growing angler sports in China, outpacing traditional sportfishing activities.