It is confirmed. PWA Wave Vice World Champion 2007 and 2008, Victor Fernández, will be sailing with North Sails next year.
After 9 years sailing with Simmer Style sails, the Spaniard will join the North Sails Team next year and where he will be really involved in the R&D of the sails.
Victor is without a doubt one of the strongest candidates for the 2009 PWA Wave World title. He is considered the World’s Best Jumper and his personal radical style makes him one of the most respected and admired sailors on the PWA tour. He has won 4 of the last 7 PWA Waves events, and that says a lot about his possibilities of becoming 2009 wave World Champion.
Victor Fernández about joining North Sails: "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".
Here you have a small interview with Victor courtesy of North Sails:
North Sails: Why North and where do you see the biggest strengths at your new sail brand North Sails?_Victor: I always wanted to be in a big team like North Sails. North Sails gives me the big chance to not only be a pro rider but also be very deeply involved into their R&D. The pro rider team, the whole R&D team and the product/marketing/sales team in the international headquarter is very committed to the sport itself and driven by very good characters. North has a lot to offer me with its big innovative range of equipment and very smart marketing machinery. I want to provide the best of my ability to them. North Sails is the no. 1 sail brand which is the best premise to reach my biggest goal as pro windsurfer.
North sails: Which goals do you want to reach together with North Sails / Fanatic in mid and long term? Victor: My main goal is to become Wave World Champion one day, so North/Fanatic are giving me a good opportunity to improve my sailing and working with a great team. I´m very motivated for the upcoming years.
North Sails: Who will be your main competitors on the PWA wave tour 2009? Victor: I´m sure most of the guys on tour but mainly the top 10 from last year. Kauli, Jonas, Angulo, Kevin, Marcilio,etc...it´s going to be an exciting year!
North Sails: How important is your family for your professional career? Victor: My family has always been very important to me. I always have the big support of my parents and friends to keep living that life as a professional windsurfer cause they know it is what I love since I´m a kid.
North Sails: Which will be the winner move/jump on the PWA tour 09? Victor: I guess in jumping spots the push loop forward and doubles forward will be the main moves coming up next year on tour.
North Sails: Do you have a personal trainer or constant training partner? Victor: I have personal trainers (Xavier Huart and Didier Rochette) but they don´t travel with me. We see each other for a week or two where we go training together with other riders of different sports as surfing or motocross. They see how I feel on that week and after they send me different programs of training during the year.
North Sails: What are your plans before the PWA wave season starts in 09? Victor: Right now I´m in Chile for 1 month doing a trip with Klaas Voget. After here I will stop in Spain for December. In January my plan is to go to Cape Town and then Cabo Verde for the first PWA wave contest.