PWA racer Ben van der Steen has recently changed from previous sponsors Loft Sails to Gaastra Sails. Now Boardseeker shares an exclusive gallery of shots, with Benny absolutely ripping on his new wave equipment, as well as finding out more from the man himself.
Name: Ben van der Steen
Sail number: NED57
Disciplines: Slalom, Speed, Formula.
Best results: 3rd in PWA 2012, IFCA World Champion 2009
Sponsors: Gaastra, Starboard Mystic, Different.
What made you decide to change for 2013?
It’s been great racing on the Lofts but the negotiations didn't run smoothly and it was time for change. I was looking for a bit more off a long term thing to really work with a brand without the stress at the end of the season and with Gaastra we found a solution for a longer term agreement together with very good sails and this is the way to continue for me.
What new companies are supporting you, and how did their support come about?
Starboard with the windsurfing boards after a good season in 2011 they took me up in the team for racing and for R&D.
Gaastra with windsurfing sails booms and mast after two good years of solid results they picked me up into the team to race alongside Ross and I will work with the guys on the racing designs.
Mystic with wetsuits harnesses and all accessories; I have been with them for more then five years now and I really like what they stand for and their vision on the sports they support.
Different with sunglasses; I am currently working with them on my own model which will come out soon and will be something that’s never been done before
What are you plans for 2013?
Of course I will be doing the whole PWA slalom tour and some GPS speed where I can and maybe Luderitz if it looks like it will happen. I will be doing some clinics around Europe as well to help people with their rigging and sailing skills. Apart from that I am sure I will go to some promo events and visit some places and some shops here and there.
What equipment will you be using and why?
The Starboard 90 107 127 iSonic 2013 I will be
registering for PWA as these are the boards I like the most for my personal sailing style. For speed I have the speed-specials 49 and 44, also I have the formula 167 and for some wave riding the nuEVO 93 and KodeWave82. I will have the full quiver of the Gaastra Vapor for racing and speed and have a couple off the power wave Poison wave sails.
What are you goals for competition this year?
The goal with competition should be to win ! So I will do my very best on the racecourse!! The goal is at least the same as 2012 or better.