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The Classic Champ's chaotic year

The water is the only place for some semblance of solitude

Updated: April 1, 2005, 5:15 PM ET
By Steve Price | BASSMASTER Magazine

Kevin VanDam thought he knew what to expect after winning the BASS Masters Classic. He'd qualified for the Classic 11 years in a row, and he was well-acquainted with previous champions, like Denny Brauer and Davy Hite, who related their experiences after winning.

But none of that prepared him for the whirlwind year that awaited him after winning the 2001 Classic in New Orleans.

"I have been totally shocked at the magnitude of what winning the Classic has meant." VanDam says. "Without ...

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