sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : PWA Fuerteventura day 1 + Video
PWA Fuerteventura day 1 + Video

'Bjron heads out - PWA Fuerteventura'    © John Carter / PWA

The PWA Fuerteventura opening day of competition unfortunately had no on water action but there was plenty going on off the water, with live music and interviews being held throughout the day.

The wind dropped just before the racing could begin which then led to the sailors being held on standby until 6pm, because late in the afternoon the wind showed signs that it was going to pickup. However it never fully materialized despite a couple of sailors being tempted out to test the conditions. We will now have to wait until tomorrow to see the adrenaline fueled racing begin.

High tide at the event HQ - PWA Fuerteventura -  © John Carter - PWA  

Whilst everyone was playing the waiting game in Fuerteventura we had a quick chat with Danny Aeberli (F2 / KA Sails), who is the shaper behind F2.

PWA: How and when did you first start your career as a board designer?
Danny Aeberli : 'I started working as a tester at F2 years ago, I then I was working with the shaper of F2 for a long time. When F2 took a different path I took over his position as the board designer for F2 and I have been doing this job for the past four or five years now. One of the main reasons I come to the event in Fuerteventura is not just to support my race team but it is extremely important for me to get an inside view. By being out on the water myself I am able to see how different equipment is performing in different conditions. This helps me to understand where the trend might be heading in the future.'

PWA : What do you think have been the most major changes over the last four or five years?
Danny Aeberli: 'Over the last few years we have seen the field become super competitive. The older riders are getting closer together and the young guys are also improving a lot, for the time being it seems the more experienced guys are still winning the races. Something that is really important in the development of the equipment right now is that both the sails and the boards have to be capable of performing much better overall, this means we have seen the top speed of all the boards become much more similar, of course there are one or two boards which are still faster. However the overall balance of the board design is extremely important now as the sailors are only allowed to register three boards for the duration of the season. This means the kit needs to be capable of performing well in waves, chop and flat water. They need to have great early planing and acceleration as well as being able to gybe fantastically. It’s the balancing of the boards performance which is taking the board design forwards.'




PWA : Can you explain the purpose of the cutouts which feature in many of the boards right now?
Danny Aeberli: 'One of the trends at the moment is to increase the width of the tail of the boards, so we have to find a way of reducing the planing surface area of the board. If you want the wide tail, which gives you the power and support, then the cut out shape is the only way to implement the wide tail. In the past the cutouts were really big because they looked fast but nowadays the cutouts are used to fine-tune the board. Now when I design a board it doesn’t have the cutouts from the beginning, I actually route them in afterwards and during the testing process I decide how big they should be.

PWA : How does your testing process work?
Danny Aeberli : 'I think one of the keys to the success of an effective testing process is that you use a small team so there aren’t too many people involved. It’s really important to listen to your riders and I think it’s also important to be a rider yourself, it’s even better if you can be on the water at the same time as this helps to reduce any potential mistakes from misunderstandings via Skype or e-mail etc. All my international riders are involved in the development of the range, I also listen to my national riders too. Ultimately all I am looking to do is to move forward step-by-step. Sometimes though I will shape a board which is completely out of the box, just to see if this would work.'

PWA : Do your development take place over the whole year or do you assign a specific development period?
Danny Aeberli : 'I spread the development out over the whole year to enable me to complete the whole range. At different times of year I will focus on different boards in the range. I am busy throughout the year because I am working alone. So for example I have now finished the development of the 2013 slalom range and I am already working on the 2014 boards, so I am here to find out what changes I may need to be making.'

PWA : How important do you think it is to have a good setup between your board, sail and fin?
Danny Aeberli : 'It’s really difficult to win if you don’t have a great setup between these three variables. I’m really lucky because I have my own fin brand (Choco Fins), so I am developing fins specifically for my boards. This means that most of my riders use my fins too because they fit the boards, this doesn’t mean that they will fit with other brands though. So other riders have to spend a lot of time testing different fin brands to find the best ones for their board because it is super important to get this setup as perfect as possible.'

On stand by - PWA Fuerteventura -  © John Carter - PWA  

The skippers meeting has been called for 10am tomorrow morning with the action commencing from 10:30am.

PWA World Tour website


by PWA

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=99979

7:36 PM Sat 21 Jul 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on


Related News Stories:

15 Jul 2012  PWA Tenerife World Cup day 3 - Fifty knots, big waves and big crashes
07 Jul 2012  PWA Pozo World Cup day 5 - History made in epic conditions
17 Jun 2012  PWA Catalunya Windsurfing World Cup - Quentel's maiden victory
03 Oct 2011  PWA Reno World Cup Sylt Grand Slam event summary
02 Oct 2011  PWA Reno World Cup Sylt Grand Slam day 8 ferocious action
01 Oct 2011  PWA Reno World Cup Sylt Grand Slam day 7 raises the bar
30 Sep 2011  PWA Reno World Cup Sylt Grand Slam day 6 mingling with the stars
29 Sep 2011  PWA Reno World Cup Sylt Grand Slam day 5 - Estredo blow out
28 Sep 2011  PWA Reno World Cup Sylt Grand Slam day 4 winds lacking
27 Sep 2011  PWA Reno World Cup Sylt Grand Slam day 3 a tactical affair
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World









Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 CEO Knut Frostad talks (Part III) *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,


Audi Melges 20 World Championship - ‘Samba Pa Ti’ crowned champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Final race to decide champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - 13 things to See and do by Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show,




Volvo Ocean Race: Update from Team Vestas Wind in images by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,








Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Classic Garda conditions on day 2 by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,
























Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Alessandro Rombelli's 'STIG' leads
Volvo Ocean Race: Call of Duty comes first for Team Alvimedica
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 1 images by Stefano Gattini
Helping boaters understand weather basics
PWA Alacati World Cup - Exciting finish on day 2
Match 40s find the surface again + Video
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 1 images by Max Ranchi
Clagett Regatta names first Executive Director
Transatlantic Race - Fleet expanded for 2015 edition
IFDS World Championship overall
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi finishes second - Extreme Sailing Series
2014 18' Skiff International Regatta - Day 2
2014 Audi Melges 20 World Championship - It's go time in Garda
2nd Annual Keith Dinsmoor Regatta September 13-14
Aldo Alessio Regatta - Three days of tight racing
PWA Alacati World Cup - First blood to Van Der Steen and Offringa
Oakcliff Sailing hosts the Nacra 17, 49er and 49erFX Nationals + Video
International 18ft Skiff Regatta underway on San Francisco Bay
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014 - Quality fleet for Maxi Classic
Sailing Champions League - which is Europe's best sailing club?
Weta fun at the Wine & Roses Regatta   
Extreme Sailing Series: The Wave, Muscat claims victory on Cardiff Bay   
International 14 World Championships 2015: Not just for boys   
Rio de Janeiro achieves 50% treatment of sewage outflow *Feature   
2014 AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Event memorable videos   
2014 18' Skiff Int Regatta: Day 1 at San Francisco - Reversal on beach   
Emirates Team NZ: Last race boost cannot save team from table bottom   
PWA Alacati World Cup - Furious slalom is upon us   
J/111 World Championships - The Winner is Shmokin Joe!   
J/24 US National Championship - Victory for Will Welles’ Cougar   
Extreme Sailing Series: View the Final Day's action - Replay   
NYYC Grandmasters Team Race - Reign continues for Noroton Yacht Club   
WSSR announces new World Record Around Britain and Ireland   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final day photos by Tim Wilkes   
2014 Detroit Cup - Morvan wins   
Newport Bucket Regatta 2014 -Images by George Bekris   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final report: USA qualifies for Rio 2016   
Extreme Sailing Series: Absent With-Out Leave – Ben Ainslie Racing   
2014 IFDS World Championship - New champions claim medals   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Sunday’s race images by Tim Wilkes   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL VIR US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT