Stratos Boats
Inspiration Runs Deep
Contact: Josh Ward
Blue Heron Communications
(800) 654-3766

FLIPPIN, AR (May 27, 2010) Reinforcing a significant commitment to high performance on the water, championship angler Skeet Reese has joined with Stratos® Boats, bringing an elevated level of energy to the Stratos product line. An impressive competitor, Reese's angling career is highlighted by dozens of top ten BASS career finishes and multiple high profile wins including the 2009 BASS Master Classic Championship and 2007 BASS Angler of the Year title. It's an elite level of accomplishment that puts Reese in a class with only eleven other anglers who have won both the BASS Master Classic trophy and BASS Angler of the Year title.

Beyond his abilities to excel at the highest levels of tournament fishing, Reese will continue a strong product development focus on the entire Stratos line including the latest additions - a trio of Elite® Series Champion® models that will be launched as part of the Stratos brand for 2011.

Built for pro-level fishing dominance, the addition of these models only intensifies Stratos Boats' reputation for aggressive performance, speed and handling. Production of the elite trio - the 183, 202 and 210 Stratos Champion Elite Series bass boats - is based on highly acclaimed, performance-based designs. The new professional-level fishing platforms allow Stratos and Champion loyalists to accelerate their competitive edge on the water by blending power, performance, first-class fishing features and aggressive styling. With 18-, 19- and 20-foot configurations in the Stratos Champion Elite Series lineup, anglers across the country will be able to match their new Stratos boat to suit their fishing styles and destinations.

According to VP of Marketing, Bart Schad, "The addition of the Champion Elite Series helps solidify Stratos' position within the ultra-competitive world of professional-level bass fishing. It doesn't matter if you fish for a living, want to fish for a living or enjoy spending your weekends on the water trying to win some money and a few bragging rights, anglers want a boat that suits their personality. At Stratos, it's aggressive, high performance - built to get the job done." Schad added that the Stratos Champion Elite boats are geared to provide anglers loyal to the design and features of these rigs the opportunity to continue reaping the competitive advantages of these great hulls.

When asked about the new designs and his expanded role, championship angler Reese shared, "I couldn't be happier about working alongside the people at Stratos. They're an excellent team and their distinguished reputation for making excellent bass boats for competitive-level fishing is well deserved. I can't imagine fishing out of anything other than a 210. It's such a phenomenal platform for someone like me who fishes for a living and wants every advantage they can get when they're competing. I'm excited that the 210 and the other great Stratos Champion Elite Series models will be part of an amazing lineup of products designed to help people catch a lot of fish."

Reese, who won the 2009 Bassmaster Classic and currently leads the BASS Angler of the Year rankings by an unprecedented margin, joins with other Stratos Pro Staff that includes former Bassmaster Classic champion, multiple FLW tour event champion and professional bass fishing legend, Larry Nixon.

The new Stratos Champion Elite Series boats will be built in Flippin, Ark., with production slated to begin in July in accordance with the normal model-year changeover. While no official date has been set for dealer delivery, Stratos fans will begin seeing the new Champion Elite Series models at local dealers in Fall 2010.

About Stratos
Stratos® Boats, are built with 100 percent composite construction to provide maximum performance and comfort. Every Stratos® Boat is backed by a limited lifetime warranty on the hull. Each boat is produced with a premium-quality gel-coat finish - made to withstand the elements. Stratos®, Champion® and Elite® are registered trademarks.


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