Meet Our ambassadors
Our Ambassadors are well-known fishing enthusiasts and are influencers in their field at the regional or national level. Some have their own TV series or TikTok or YouTube Channels with millions of followers/viewers. Shockwave Ambassadors have achieved significant recognition in the fishing/boating industry, and they are happy to promote and talk about the Shockwave recreational suspension products.
Guiding you through the stunning Fraser River canyon is professional guide and owner of Sturgeon Slayers, Kevin Estrada. Prior to becoming one of the most respected sturgeon guides in British Columbia, Kevin graduated from Michigan State University and was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes. After enjoying a strong professional hockey career, Kevin found himself back on his home waters, the mighty Fraser River. Since then, Kevin has dedicated his time to developing Sturgeon Slayers into one of BC’s premier sturgeon fishing operations. Being in the epicenter of the world’s greatest sturgeon fishing, Kevin and Sturgeon Slayers have reached international acclaim, being featured on networks such as National Geographic, BBC and Wild TV, Googan Squad and Barstool Outdoors, among many others.
When not guiding Kevin has been instrumental in working towards conservation efforts of BC’s white sturgeon. His contributions to the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society earned him the society’s 2015 Volunteer of the Year Award. Kevin and his partner Mariko Izumi live in the Fraser Valley with their daughter Yale and their son Tiger.
From an auspicious start fishing the bass, pike and muskie lakes of Northern Ontario, Milne has spent the past two decades plying his angling passion on the West Coast of British Columbia. From Haida Gwaii to Vancouver Island, Milne and his Big Coast TV Crew have chased trophy Chinook salmon and a veritable saltwater buffet inshore, offshore and anywhere a big aluminum boat will take you. As a veteran TV producer, Milne and company fish salmon and tuna derbies through summer months in Pacific Northwest … and rock the Big Coast every chance they get! Big Coast … the very best in saltwater sportfishing TV adventure from the Wild West Coast!
Brendan grew up in Vancouver, BC, Canada and developed a love for fishing at an early age. A career in the NHL delayed his full time fishing career but now he has more time to get out on the water! Currently, Brendan is the host of Reel West Coast and has had the privilege to fish waters around the world. Brendan views fishing as therapy and as a time to connect to the outdoors while disconnecting from the instant demands of today’s world. Chasing fish in the ocean, rivers or lakes brings many different challenges that are unique to each location. Brendan describes the adrenaline rush from a fish biting your presentation as electric and his goal is to encourage people of all ages, to get out on the water and experience that feeling to create lifelong memories.
Bob Izumi is Canada’s most popular fishing personality and one of the foremost spokespersons on the sport. Bob has hosted his weekly Real Fishing Show for over 37 years and has educated and entertained legions of anglers, on the finer points of fishing. Bob’s infectious enthusiasm have made him a “TV-buddy” to millions of Canadians. Bob was inducted into the Canadian Fishing Hall of Fame, in 2009.
Bob’s unmatched credibility in the fishing world is due in part to his incredible success as a tournament angler. In 1979 Bob Izumi became Canada’s first full-time professional fisherman and in over three decades of competitive fishing Bob has won more than 70 major events. He has won multiple Angler of the Year and Team of the Year titles and he is the only Canadian angler to win the Triple Crown of fishing; the Canadian Open, the Classic Championship, and Angler of the Year title in a single season. In July 2011, Bob won his first major championship in the USA at the 1000 Islands tournament.
Along with his television show and tournament career, Bob is an award-winning author, seminar speaker, conservationist, and radio show host. His Real Fishing television show and Real Fishing Radio program are Canada’s longest running syndicated series in the television and radio.
Recently, Bob became aware of SHOCKWAVE’s suspension seats, and this discovery increased his desire to be more comfortable and to protect his back out on the water. Earlier this year, he chose to install the SHOCKWAVE S5s suspension in his Ranger.