April 29, 2003 -- Bryson CIty, NC
Chris Hipgrave has announced he has reached an import agreement with Sistema
(www.sistema-sas.com) of Genova, Italy to import their roto-molded racing
kayak called the "Fastwave" into North America. This agreement follows almost
two months of dialogue initiated by Hipgrave concerning the feasibility of such an agreement.
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The Fastwave is a roto-molded down river racing kayak designed with the help of the Italian Canoe and Kayak Federation (FICK) as a
faster, more technically- oriented answer to Perception's Wavehopper that is no longer available in the USA.
Chris Hipgrave had the following to say: "I'm pleased we were able to reach an agreement with Sistema. The Fastwave is significantly
faster than anything else in plastic and closely resembles the way a true wildwater kayak handles on the water. Our hope is that
this boat will make down river racing available to a wider audience in a maintenance free platform thus encouraging more competitions
and more competitors."
A portion of the sale price will go to support wildwater racing,coaching and support in the USA. Wildwater is a non-Olympic discipline
governed in the USA under the umbrella of USA Canoe & Kayak of Charlotte, NC.
Chris Hipgrave is the South East Sales Rep for Liquidlogic and Bell Canoe, among others. He has been a member of the USA Wildwater
Team since 1997 and is the current USA National Champion. A past Executive Director of the Nantahala Racing Club, Hipgrave now
serves on the USACK Wildwater Committee.
Michael Beavers is editor of USAWildwater.com and a C-1 Wildwater athlete
training in Atlanta, GA. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.