Meet The Team

Dessie Mc Glinchey

Brand Ambassador

Meet Dessie!

To a lot of you this guy needs no introduction, but for those of you who don't know, let me fill you in!

Surfing to Dessie, dad of 3 boys is more than competition, it's a way of life! Whilst competition was a big part of his early kayaking career, consistently finishing in top 5 on the world stage, the retirement from contests in 2009 opened the door to focusing on family life and searching for the perfect wave.

From his first kayaking experience in the ocean, the surf has always called him back to search for that big wave and the perfect barrel with friends. "Some of my best memories and friendships have happened because of kayak surfing. I am still trying to bag that perfect barrel. That's the beauty of surfing, no matter how good your last wave might have been, nothing beats the buzz of hunting out that next great wave."

Fun Fact:

Once shared waves in Ireland with Tom Curran.

Where are you from?

Castlederg Co Tyrone.

Favourite place to surf?

Sligo and Donegal but always looking for that new spot


16 Irish titles

3 European titles

1 British title

Odei Etxeberria

Brand Ambassador

Where do we start with Odei?

This guy loves to surf; whether its in a kayak, waveski, board or sup. This mixed with multi discipline kayaking - freestyle, slalom, whitewater + canoe, makes Odei a true waterman!! 

Odei has consistently been at the top of his game, from winning junior world titles, to recently winning the open IC division at the 2019 world championships. 

His precise and explosive surfing style is like no other, so whether its throwing HUGE aerials, or getting deep in the barrel, this guy does it all! 

Whilst he may be quiet on the beach, his surfing certainly speaks volumes, and we are super proud to have him on the Hobson Kayaks Team! 

Where are you from?

Donostia, Basque Country

Favourite place to surf?

Cobblestones (Sumbawa)


2019 Ic world champion

2019 Hp vice world champion

2019 santa cruz paddlesfest winner

Joe Rea-Dickins

Brand Ambassador 

Joe is the first of our Lifestyle Brand Ambassadors. Paddling purely for the Stoke, he spends his days hunting for that glassy river wave, or perfect surf; and travelling is all part of the journey in search of perfection.

Joe is a super established whitewater kayaker, with first descents and general whitewater boat riding in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Venezuela, India, Nepal, Norway, as well as exploring and writing Meghalaya Rivers guidebook.

Currently an Ambassador for Radical Rider, River Legacy and Palm Equipment.

He is also head of kayaking videos at Ekstremsportveko in Voss, Norway, and we can't wait to see footage of him shredding in his Apex around the world!

Megan Gamble

Brand Ambassador 

This is Megan!

Megan is an up and coming star from Northern Ireland, who has already had a few years proving herself across the competition scene. With World Titles under her belt, and still a junior, the future looks bright for her!

We are super proud to have such a talented and kind team member!  

Where are you from?

Co. Derry Northern Ireland


Junior Women’s World Champion 2019

4th Junior HP World Championships 2019

Junior Women’s British Champion 2019

Junior Irish Champion 2018

Favourite place to surf?

Ballyliffin, Co. Donegal or Easkey, Co. Sligo

Zack Boyd

Brand Ambassador 

Big wave shredder and all round great guy!

Zack has been quietly making his mark on surf kayaking at a competitive level for around 5 years now, and he has certainly made an impression! Based near Santa Cruz in California, he is constantly pushing the boundaries of what's possible in big waves, surfing breaks like Ocean Beach, Steamer Lane, and Moss Landing! This paired with his enthusiasm for the sport, and great personality made him the perfect match for the Hobson Kayaks Team! 

Where are you from?

California born and raised, I grew up in the Sacramento River Delta, went to school in Santa Barbara and now live around the Santa Cruz area.


World Championships of Surf Kayaking 2019 – 4th in HP

World Championships of Surf Kayaking 2017 – 4th in IC

Santa Cruz Paddlefest 2018 & 2019 – 1st in IC

Ventura Paddle Surfing Championships 2016 & 2018 – 1st in Kayak

Favourite place to surf?

All over the Santa Cruz area, anything too specific might get me in trouble

Mathew Lamont

Brand Ambassador 

Meet Mathew!

Mathew is certainly one to watch, a strong competitor who never fails to impress! 

He works hard, trains hard, and is a great example of hard work paying off!!

Watch out! 

Where are you from?

Dungannon, Northern Ireland

Favourite place to surf?

Tullan strand or Easkey left


1st Open HP British open 2018

1st Open HP British open 2019

9th in the 2019 World Championships

Jack Barker

Brand Ambassador 

Jack is one of the good guys, he takes his training seriously and spends a lot of time giving back to the sport.

He has a powerful and explosive surfing style that is unparalleled.

Jack likes his kayaks offensively bright, so there is no way you will miss this guy surfing his Hobson kayaks around the Cornish coast. 

Not only is jack a previous world champion  and one of the best in the sport, he is also one of the nicest guys in the world, and we are really proud to have him as a member of our team! 

Where are you from?

Living in Bude, Cornwall, UK

Favourite place to surf?

It has got to be some beautiful Western Irish reefs we found a few years ago. A lot of fun was had!

Best results?

I won the 2015 World Championships in IC class.

Gorka Martin

Brand Ambassador 

Gorka is one of the best up and coming Basque riders, and has been  competing at a junior level for years. Having recently stepped up into the open categories, he is standing out, and making his mark on the contest scene! 

Along with being a great rider, Gorka brings a great vibe to the beach, and is a really fun guy to be around! 

Top rider, humble, and fun to be around... Perfect for the Hobson Kayaks Team!! 

Where are you from?

Donostia / San Sebastián, Basque Country

Favorite place to surf?

Chicama, Peru


4th IC Open World champion 2019

4th IC Open World Champion 2017

1st IC Junior World Champion 2015

2nd HP Junior World Champion 2015

Teresa Rogerson

Brand Ambassador 

Teresa ‘Tree’ Rogerson is a multi-water sport aquatic dweller who is most at home on the water with a paddle. Some what of a 'Veteran' of the sport, Tree is one of the most familiar, and friendly faces in the sport! 

Tree guides river trips and teaches surf kayaking, whitewater kayaking, stand up paddling, and occasionally board surfing; and she lives many places.

When she is not paddling she is writing, working, and plotting out the next run of adventures, including races and river trips. Looking forward to a surf trip. Tree is a two time world champion in Women’s High Performance.


Not sure yet

Favorite Surf Spot

Steamer Lane 


Queen of the Waves, Davenport Paddlesurf Classic, 2018

2 x womens HP world champion

Christopher Hobson

Owner and Team Surfer

Chris has been at the forefront of both kayak surfing and kayak design from 2009. His knowledge and experience in everything related to the manufacturing of championship winning kayaks, to winning world titles in some of the best conditions in the world. 

Where are you from?

Northern Ireland, but now living in Swansea.

Favourite place to surf? 

West coast of Ireland


Current world number 2 in Open IC

3 x world titles

Multiple British and European titles.

Jem Howe

Shaper and Team Surfer

Jems stoke for pretty much anything ocean related have been his passion for over 30 years! From body surfing, to spear fishing. Snorkelling to waveski riding, he loves to do it all! 

Aside from spending time in the water, he is a top quality laminator, shaper, and all round great guy; paired with being a top 10 in the world ranked wave skier, made him the perfect person to collaborate with on our range of surf kayaks! 

Where are you from?

Rhossili, Gower, Swansea.


2 x top 10 world ranking in waveski

Multiple British and Welsh Championship titles.

Favourite place to surf? 

If I told you I'd have to kill you....but it's close to home.

Could this be you?


If you feel you have what it takes to be a brand ambassador for Hobson Kayaks, email us today. 

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