2018-03-22T11:45:30+00:00 2018-01-31|

Day 2 Day #2 – Slalom R&D on Tenerife

Winter time is training time. While the wave elite meets in Cape Town and Hawaii, most of the world’s best slalom racer are pushing their limits to prepare the 2018 season on Tenerife. The Canary Islands are well known for strong trade winds during the summer months, but in winter there are plenty of good days as well. The TWS Windsurf Center organises professional slalom training for the (future-) windsurf elite and slalom addicts. Our WarpBoyZ Marco Lang, Vincent Langer, Pierre Mortefon, Jordy Vonk, team newcomer Malte Reuscher take this chance to sharpen their performance around the buoy course. Physical fitness, windsurfing technique, sailing tactics and an individually adjusted gear setup for each and every possible wind condition are key elements for the fastest line through the race course. A perfectly timed start already determines the chances for the end result. To work on the positioning and sailing tactics our WarpBoyZ evaluate their positioning regarding start line and other competitors by drone videos in the evening. Up to 15 full races plus gym training for strength, balance and endurance are the usual daily workload for our team riders. Every second counts. Therefore, our NorthSails chief sail designer Kai Hopf and our test riders work tirelessly to push the gear and sports boundaries to the very limit. Kai as well travelled to Tenerife to meet NorthSails chief slalom tester and PWA hot shot of the season 2017 Marco Lang and our WarpBoyZ team for some proper slalom testing to make the new Warp F2019 even better.

Kai Hopf – Our Australian former world cup winner and the mastermind behind the sails, is one of the most influential sail makers worldwide. Kai, who also develops high-grade fin profiles for some of the best Windsurfers and Kiters, still prefers to spend most of his time on the water, not only to thoroughly test the designs but to also live his passion.
Kai has been the head of sail development here at NorthSails since 25 years; this is longer than any other designer has worked for a single sail brand. This kind of experience is quite simply immeasurable and irreplaceable.

THE TEAM – Top athletes and World Cup Racers like 8-times PWA Freestyle World Champion Gollito Estredo and 2-times PWA Wave World Champion Victor Fernandez are our driving force, our most important source of innovation. Therefore, we put particular emphasis on continuous communication between them, the engineers and head designer Kai Hopf. Through this intensive interaction we’ve secured numerous World Cup victories and world titles, making us one of the most successful sail brands in history. This speaks not only for the outstanding performance of our products, but also guarantees every NorthSails customers the same high quality material as used by the best in the world.

Video credits: Bartek Jankowski