Although they are both now owned by Confluence Watersports, long-time competitors Team Wave Sport and Team Dagger—two of the top whitewater kayaking teams in the U.S.—recently released their updated team rosters and will compete this season as hard as ever, especially given the U.S. hosting of the 2013 Freestyle Kayaking World Championships on the Nantahala. Both teams welcome back seasoned paddlers and introduce rising stars, and will travel the country vying for wins and promoting the products that help them perform at a professional level.
Team Wave Sport Continues to Grow as New Talent Emerges in 2013 Roster
Having long been recognized for attracting some of the world’s best whitewater boaters, Team Wave Sport looks to continue the brand’s legacy as a leader in big water paddling for more than 20 years. Returners include world-class athletes Tyler Curtis, Tanya Faux, and Haley Mills. The team also welcomes newcomers Max Ovett, Sam Ovett, Shane Groves and Chris Bear. “The talented athletes on Team Wave Sport specialize in everything from running the world’s biggest waterfalls and rapids, to filmmaking, racing, freestyle, instruction and leading expeditions,” said long-standing team manager and top freestyle competitor Bryan Kirk.
Athletes will compete in some of the biggest competitions in the country, including the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, and the 2013 Freestyle World Championships near Bryson City, N.C., in the Nantahala Gorge, among others.
“New and returning kayakers alike live and breathe kayaking 365 days a year, always looking for the next big drop, fun play wave and exciting journey. I know the men and women on this year’s team will continue pushing limits and living out the Wave Sport legacy,” said Kirk.
The 2013 Team Wave Sport Roster is:￼ ￼￼Bryan Kirk, Elaine Campbell, Taylor Cavin, Tyler Curtis, Tanya Faux, Tyler Fox, Kyle Hull, Haley Mills, Max Ovett, Chris Bear, Kim Becker, Devyn Scott, Dan Simenc, Kelsey Thompson, Mike Travares, Chris Wing, Shane Groves, Sam Ovett
Check out team all bios at wavesport.com.
Team Dagger Announces New Talent and Accomplished Athletes for 2013
For the 2013 season Team Dagger unveils a diverse roster of world-class kayakers ranging from rising stars to seasoned paddlers. The group is made up of athletes, adventurers, entrepreneurs, and filmmakers embodying the Dagger heritage with their competitive spirit, passion for the sport, sense of adventure and commitment to the paddling community. The company has been producing boats and driving competition since 1988.
“We have a talented and dynamic group of paddlers on the team this year,” said Team Dagger manager Chris Gragtmans. “I’m excited to not only share my love of the sport with this crew of passionate athletes but to also watch their success throughout the season and have the privilege of competing right alongside them. I know that 2013 will be a great year for both Team Dagger and the brand, and I’m honored to kick off my first year in the manager position with such a fantastic group.”
Returning team members include Rush Sturges, Tyler Bradt, Pat Keller, Brad Ludden and Team Dagger manager Gragtmans. Dagger welcomes newcomers Ben Marr, Gareth Tate, Max Karlsson, Ryan Mooney, five-year-old Malcolm Smith, and current World Freestyle Champion James Bebbington.
The Team Dagger 2013 roster is: Chris Gragtmans, Ben MarrAndrew Holcombe,
Anna Levesque, James Bebbington, Tyler Bradt, Aniol Serrasolses, Brad Ludden, Christie G. Eastman, Laura Farrell, Jason Beakes, Pat Keller, Gareth Tate, Corey Volt, Tom Janney, Todd Wells, Brendan Wells, Iker Beristain, Chase Nobles
Max Karlsson, Ryan Mooney, Malcolm Smith, James Bebbington
For more information about the 2013 team visit teamdagger.com.