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.
Keeton competed in the 1st Daiwa Hobie Kayak Fishing World Championships in Port Macquarie Australia, where he finished in 10th place and competed once again in Australia in 2013. He organized the 2nd Hobie Kayak Fishing World Championships in Texas, USA in 2012 and was the Tournament Director for the 2015 World Championship in the Netherlands. As a member of the International Hobie Kayak Fishing Association, Keeton has had a major role in the success of the Hobie Kayak Fishing World Championships.
Steve started fishing at an early age in Florida (USA) for Large and Small Mouth Bass, as well as other fresh and salt water 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 Cat Australasia which is based in Huskisson on the New South Wales south coast and is a great supporter of kayak fishing events in Australia.
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 Kayak Fishing World Championships hosted in Australia in 2011,2013,Texas USA in 2012 and the Netherlands in 2014 was dreamed up by Steve and evolved from his experiences competing in and organizing sailing world championships.