Fanatic and North have both been in touch to proudly announce their all new rookie international team riders as well as an additional international team rider for North.
Here is the official press from Fanatic -
Fanatic is happy to announce the signing of French youngster Arthur Arutkin and beautiful Maxime van Gent to their International Windsurf & SUP team plus Arthur´s sister Alice Arutkin joins the International Windsurf team. Arthur is the most talented youngster in the French Windsurfing and SUP scene and Alice already has a name as a World Class Windsurfer with top results. At only 16 years of age, Maxime is very talented in Freestyle Windsurfing as well as SUP and will give us great coverage. For sure all three riders be great additions to our existing team. Leaving our International Windsurf Team 2013 will be Gonzalo Costa Hoevel and Yarden Meir – we wish them all the best for the future.
Craig Gertenbach, Fanatic Brand Manager:
"I´m happy to welcome Arthur, Alice and Maxime to our Fanatic International teams. Maxime is a really talented Freestyler and Paddler and her youth and personality are a great addition to our team. Women´s Windsurfing and SUP are both really attractive to the media and she personifies the spirit of both sports! Arthur is one of the most talented youngsters in the French Windsurfing and SUP scene, we have high hopes to be a part of what promises to be an outstanding career. Alice is already established as a World Class Windsurfer with top results, we are proud to have her joining our team and look forward to welcoming the Arutkin family aboard!"
Arthur Arutkin (FRA-111):
“I'm happy to be with Fanatic now. What I´m really looking forward is to train with my new team mates like Victor, Klaas in Windsurf or Olivia and Yoann in SUP in different spots, but also to meet the rest of the Fanatic team and being part of it to promote this fantastic brand. I will work hard this year, but also have a lot of fun on the water!"
Alice Arutkin (FRA-1111):
“I really would like to be in the Top 3 in the PWA and this year I would like to get the first place In the French Championship and with Fanatic boards I for sure have the right tools for that! I´m glad to be part of the team together with my brother now, we for sure will try our best to promote the brand as good as we can as a package!"
Maxime van Gent (NB-22):
“I'm very excited to be in the Fanatic International Team. I hope I can make women windsurfing more attractive again and will love to promote it all over the world and Fanatic for sure has the right boards for it! Fanatic also has the image to support their riders and I will be happy to be part of this great team. I will do my last year in high school now, but as well competing in the PWA Worldtour and also doing clinics for kids and girls."
On top of these 3 youngsters, North have also signed Caesar Finies, the light wind master. Here is what the North team had to say:
"With Caesar we are contracting an outstanding freestyle athlete. Especially well known for his low-wind freestyle Caesar can be named as the inventor of “Flowstyle". We believe that any talented and comitted sportsman - even not competing PWA - may have a considerable impact on our sport. Unlike hardcore freestyle, Caesar’s flowstyle is accesible to any windsurfer and nonetheless incredibly awesome to watch. You will find Caesar in his home on Bonaire and he for sure will be present at windsurfing events around the globe to show off his incredible flowstyle move.
Welcome to the team Caesar!"