Chris Hobson

chris hobson

Name: Chris Hobson Date of Birth: 18/04/1989 Hometown: Dungannon Occupation: Kayak builder

How long have you been involved in performance canoeing/kayaking?

I have been involved in performance kayaking since 2001, when I attended my first surf kayak competition at Easkey, in Co. Sligo.

Who motivated you to begin performance canoeing/kayaking?

It was my father who took me to my first event, since then I got the competitive bug and I haven’t looked back.

What is your main discipline?

Surf Kayaking

Which club are you a member of?

Blackwater Canoe Club

Who is your coach?

Glyn Brackenbury

What are your greatest achievements thus far?

2006 Junior World Champion

2007 Junior IC World Champion

2011 World Champion Open Division

2014 World Champion Open Division

What do you hope to achieve in the future?

I would like to win more world titles and to develop the sport not only on the water, but in the workshop with new designs.

Who has been the greatest influence in your career?

My father

Who are you currently sponsored by?

Ride surf kayaks

Lettman Paddles

Gath Helmets

Nookie Paddlesports equipment

Onda wetsuits

AEE Magicam Cameras

Solemanzi equipment

The Bigger the Pixal Videography

Sport Northern Ireland

When you are not canoeing/kayaking, What do you like to do in your spare time?

Recently, I have taken up downhill mountain biking. It’s great when there is no surf or water on rivers.

Do you have any superstitions before you compete?

For me, I find that the best thing to do is not to concentrate too hard, Don’t stare at the ocean and keep busy having fun with friends until I’m ready to get in and compete.

Which sporting athlete do you admire the most?

There are many I admire, but all for specific reasons. I try to take the best from each of them, and put it into my attitude towards competing.

What, if any injuries have you sustained?

I have dislocated my collar bone before and I am currently undergoing diagnosis and treatment for an injury on my other shoulder. I have also had many bumps, scrapes, impacts, scratches and cuts, but they are all fairly standard for the sport.