One of the biggest sponsorship changes of this year was the formed World Champion Philip Koester, moving from NeilPryde to Severne Sails. Here Boardseeker talks with Koester about why he made the change and his equipment choices for this year's competitions:

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Why did you choose to leave NeilPryde and join Severne?

What equipment will you be using for the year, so far we have seen you on Blades?

Why have you chosen the Blades?

What are the differences between the Blades and the previous sails you used with NeilPryde?

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Why did you choose to leave NeilPryde and join Severne?

I chose to change to Severne because I had the feeling that I needed a change equipment wise and I get along well with the Starboard and Severne team, sailing with much lighter gear makes it a bit easier.

Philip Koester, image credit Severne.

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What equipment will you be using for the year, so far we have seen you on Blades?

Yes I will be using the Blades. They are nice powerful 5 battens sail with a lot of control and quick response in jumping and wave riding.

Philip Koester, image credit PWA/John Carter.

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Why have you chosen the Blades?

I think that the S1 is a bit soft for my weight (94kg), so the Blade does feel better in the hand and I'm feeling good on a 5 batten sail.

Philip Koester

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What are the differences between the Blades and the previous sails you used with NeilPryde?

Well, nothing against NeilPryde sails, they got me to where I am and I had a lot of great sessions on them, but when I used for the first time a Severne sail I was surprised how light the gear was. They are both quite powerful, but I have an easier handling on the Severne so we will see how they will work for me in the season.