Team Fanatic

We are proud to announce that German Freestyle talent Andre Paskowski (G-2) and Swiss lady Laure Treboux (SUI-4) have joined the Fanatic International Windsurfing Team!

With Laure onboard, our girls team with Nayra Alonso and Yoli De Brendt is stronger than ever and the three ladies are already looking forward to train together.

Andre is one of the world's best Freestylers (EFPT Champ 2006 & 2007) and also good friends with our 2007 PWA Freestyle Vice Champ Gollito Estredo. At the moment the two are training together in El Yaque and for the future they are planning lots of projects together, wait and see!

Fanatic Brand Manager Craig Gertenbach: "I´m happy to welcome Laure and Andre, both fit really perfectly into our Fanatic team and show the youthful enthusiasm for windsurfing that our sport needs and lives from!”

Andre Paskowski: “I’m very stoked! I think that at Fanatic the atmosphere between riders and company is very good. Fanatic is known for their young team, good wave and freestyle boards. So all in all I thought – I will fit perfectly in the team!””

Laure Teboux: “Fanatic simply makes awesome boards, has a great image and a young dynamic team. I'm really proud to be part of it!”

Fanatic

Fanatic is proud to announce that the famous Club Nathalie Simon sports centres will be equipped with Fanatic windsurfing boards in 2008! This is indeed a perfect re-union, as the two brands were already successful partners more than 15 years ago!

Fanatic, one of the three leading board brands worldwide, has been growing yearly from strength to strength, with an extremely strong product line, especially in wave boards, which was the deciding factor for Club Nathalie Simon to make the change.

With a young and dynamic image and a complete, compact and perfectly developed product line, Fanatic offers the Sport Away clients every type of performance product, from the most radical to first step windsurfing experiences.

Windsurfing travellers will be able to test and enjoy the new boards starting this summer, as each centre is progressively equipped with Fanatic. The first centre is already equiped in Cabarete (Dominican Republic) and will soon be followed by Safaga and Ras Sudr, (Egypt), Lanzarote (Spain) and Bodrum (Turkey). Cabo Verde, and Margarita (Venezuela) will follow suit next season.

Fanatic Brand Manager Craig Gertenbach:„We are very excited about this new co-operation, France is a very important and growing market for us. The well known Club Nathalie Simon organisation has some of the best centres and locations worldwide, so we are really excited about a great future together!

Gun Sails

The PWA is proud to announce that international sail brand Gun are joining their ranks for the 2008 season onwards.

With the growing popularity of Slalom and positive growth being seen in the sport, Gun is the latest brand to pledge their support for the pro-tour series.

Head honcho Jörg Müller was similarly excited to commit, and spoke eagerly about his views on the international circuit, environmental issues, and Gun’s role in helping to push the sport towards the masses once again.

‘The PWA World Tour is the Formula 1 of Windsurfing. It’s the elite arena for high performance windsurfers with high performance gear and reflects the state-of-the-art for the sport.

These events are also a constant motivation for the spare time sailor as they demonstrate clearly in every discipline that there are nearly no limits in this game.

The PWA championships provide a high level of promotion for windsurfing in general, and show spectators all the variety available, and hopefully tempts them to join us.  

Windsurfing rightly claims to be the mother of all action sports, and we are all conscious of the fact that since the peak of windsurfing in the 80s and 90s, that the numbers of people practicing this sport has decreased.

But looking to the future as a manufacturer of windsurfing equipment, we also have a responsibility for the success of the whole sport and not just our shareholders value.

Gun Sails' policy has always been to offer a very good product at a very good price to allow more people to spend more time on the water.

Obviously that’s not enough. For us, becoming a member of the PWA means another step to contributing to the promotion of the coolest sport in the world, and our whole team is excited about it.

The image of windsurfing has always been attached to exotic beaches and places, and from this point of view, it’s great that the tour takes in new spots such as it did in Brazil and Cabo Verde in 2007.

On the other hand, it seems difficult for riders and fans to get there. The growing interest for Slalom seems to better reflect the real situation of windsurfing.

There are definitely more weekend racers out there than weekend freestylers, so they need to identify with somebody, and from our point of view the Slalom tour allows that identification with those riders and their production equipment to be a reality.

In general windsurfing and its industry needs to do more to help the sport flourish and perhaps a bit more?

We’ve taken small steps with our long-running recycling campaign.

The idea came at the time while watching people at the beach having a hard time with real old, worn out and not up to date equipment.

We thought if we make them an easy offer to get rid of their stuff, they wouldn’t have to fight with their old sail or throw it into the household waste. 

The success was overwhelming. And guess what? Not every sail returned was that worn out... 

We separate them and donate the good ones to public schools who use them for training, some go to companies who made fashion bags and clothes out of old sail material, and the rest was professionally disposed.

We can't offer this during the whole year, but there are people who really wait for this period to "exchange" their old material.

As a lot of our gear is sold via mail order, so of course we have a lot of packing materials, and we try to avoid plastic and use carton and other materials wherever possible. 

If everyone did a little more we could make a significant difference, such as introducing a new friend to windsurfing now.’

Here’s looking forward to another record-breaking season on tour.