Formal announcements have now been made announcing both the departure of the 2007 & 2008 PWA Wave runner up, Victor Fernandez from nine years at Simmer Sails. Fernendez will now join the line up of the Noth Sails team. In addition, Slalom’s 2008 runner up, Bjorn Dunkerbeck transfers to Severne Sails from his previous home at North.
Simmer’s team manager, Kai Katchadourian has released a statement saying the following:
“We thank Victor very much for being a dedicated team rider and for his feedback and professionalism. With no hard feelings on our end, we wish him the best. There have been many memories shared out on water together, and no matter what sails he will be using now, we will always remember him as a member of our Simmer family. Good luck Victor, see you out there, and thank you for being an integral part of the team”.
On joining North Sails, Victor comments, "North gives me a great opportunity to develop the right equipment to win with. Being in the North Team motivates me a
lot on my way to the wave title !!!”
Raoul Joa, North Sails Line & Product Manager, “Victor is maybe the most professional pro windsurfer I ever met. Always friendly and 100% dedicated.
He is not only a brilliant wave sailor but also equipped with a lot of knowledge about windsurf sails, which will support our wave sail R&D work a lot”.
Likewise, Severne have issued the following statement to welcome the 12 time overall PWA champion to the brand:
Comments from Ben Severne
“Having access to Bjorn’s knowledge and skills is going to allow us to make significant advances in race sail performance. The trickle-down effect this has on all the freeride sails means the whole range of SEVERNE sails will benefit. Personally, there’s also a lot of inspiration to build sails for Bjorn Dunkerbeck – and to this end we’ve had the most intense month of development ever as we’ve prepared the Code Reds for the 09 race season.”
Comments from Bjorn Dunkerbeck
“I am looking forward to working closely with Ben, he is young and very motivated to make the best and fastest sails on the planet. He is the type of sail designer I like to work with! Most importantly, like me, he loves the sport of windsurfing, not only pushing his own ability but also his designs. The more time the sails spend on the water the better they become. I am really looking forward to this new challenge; the next year will be my most exciting yet.”
Comments from Svein Rasmussen
“Bjorn and I raced together for 10 years. He was possibly the fairest competitor on the course for all those years. He never complained about anything, just went out there and did a better job than the rest of us. That is greatness in my eyes. Bjorn joining Severne is not only an important step for Bjorn, but a giant step for Severne. Severne is establishing itself not only as the world’s premier wave brand, but also a main contender in racing. We will work hard together, strive to do a better job than our competitors and aim to become the world’s number one sail brand”