Freestyle competitor, vice World Champion and PWA Indoor Champion, Arrianne Aukes has signed to Fanatic, North and Ion for the 2016 season. We caught up with her to find out more and exactly what else she has going on.
Over to Aukes...
Yeah I'm very happy that I'm going to be a team rider of North, Fanatic and ION from the start of this new year!
Since my first year on tour I have always been with RRD and Simmer, we have had so many good years working together and I’m thankful for their support.
But it was time for a change and I’m super excited to become part of such an amazing team. Can’t wait to go out and have a session with my new gear! I love the feeling of the freestyle sails and the 86 liter freestyle board will be perfect for me too.
Besides the freestyle Tour I would like to do the whole PWA wave tour for the first time this year. I have done some events last year but never managed to do all the events of the wave tour.
I don’t have so much experience in wave sailing on port tack yet so I want to go to a wave spot this winter to improve my wave sailing! Still debating between a few places.. any recommendations welcome :-)
Im still unsure about my slalom plans. If I had enough time and money to travel and train for all three disciplines I would love to compete in all three of them. Besides the fact they are very different disciplines they are also very different in a way of tactics, locations and atmosphere and I love the feeling of slalom where you really have to race against each other. It gives such an adrenalin rush!
Besides competing I will organise more clinics then ever this year. In addition to my new equipment sponsors I have also collaborated with Telstar surfclub in Holland this year. They will provide me with the perfect locations for my clinics in Holland. In addition to the clinics in my own country I will also be running clinics in Fuerteventura, Brazil and Bonaire, so stay tuned!
Photos by Adrian Irvine