Post by Chuck Brabec on Jul 24, 2020 19:46:36 GMT -5
Chan was one-of-a-kind. We met him through our son, Dan, who worked for Wave Sport and competed on Team Wave Sport. Through that association, I got to paddle a prototype of the Godzilla on the Lower Gauley. My favorite Wave Sport kayaks were the Y and the Diesel.
Post by Chuck Brabec on Jul 30, 2020 20:19:33 GMT -5
Here's what my son, Dan Brabec, had to say about Chan on Facebook.
"I have had many influential people in my life that have molded me into the person that I am today. Chan has been a part of that list since we first met at Gauley Fest in 1994. We talked late into the night that rainy Saturday about boat designs, smooth lines and grand adventures. The next day we paddled the river in boats that were modified by parking trucks on them when they were fresh out of the oven. When we got off the river Chan told me to keep the boat and paddle it for the winter. That was the start of our friendship and working relationship. Chan was an incredibly passionate boss who demanded the best of his charges. He recognized potential in people that they often couldn’t see in themselves. He gave his heart and soul to the sport that he loved and shared his love with everyone he met along the way.
Happy surfing on the other side my friend.
There is an old post on BoaterTalk about the history of the WaveSport Stubby that some of you might find interesting.