|BEHIND THE SCENES
Trent Pedersen does not really have time to
market anything here at Starboard but he still
manages to ensure that the world knows about us.
Since he started working here, Starboard has
expanded so quickly that Trent not only had to
manage the marketing but has also had to make
sure that all basic business infrastructure was
setup, our various teams taken care of, and that
our distributors would have all the information
tools to make the best decisions. Let's hope
we continue to grow like this, as it seems the
less time Trent has the more efficient he becomes!
Rémi Vila several times per year flies the
20 hours from the island of Martinique to
Thailand with his lovely wife Cecile. Here he
helps us with specific product development
like the Hybrids boards which leads us
into a new era of light wind windsurfing.
Remi is a top Formula Windsurfing competitor
and has the last 4 years helped us develop
Formula boards that not only are setting the
standard in performance but also in comfort.
Windsurf is a big part of his life and he
supports kids and junior team developments
on his beautiful island. He is a man with
strong views and helps us see the future
of the sport.
When Joe Dumrongvivat started with us he
first had to learn to use a type writer. Today he is
one of the best sales manager in the windsurfing
industry and has sales numbers to back it up.
He made Starboard the most available product in
the windsurfing world by building a strong network
into 75 different countries. His sales plan secures
Starboard the highest second hand value in the
industry. One of his secrets is to hold no central
stock and let each country select the board programs
that fit their wind and weather conditions.
Kjell Vagle is a big problem. He thinks
everyone should windsurf ,and can not accept
anything else. He has over the last 3 years
transformed Norway from a country with no
windsurfing schools to now have more than
30 schools. Now he wants to take his concepts
further south in Europe, and work on introducing
closer relations between windsurfing and sailing
associations. He normally is right, so we hope
he is "normal".
Keith Baxter has been at the forefront
of windsurfing development since windsurfing
came to Hawaii. Now he is one of the most
active people driving the youth movement
of windsurfing. He has been appointed
personal caddy for the Pro kid sensation
Connor Baxter and we expect to hear much
from that duo into the future.
Scott Mckercher has something few people can
grasp. He can sense the future and go in the right
direction based on vague traces. He also developed
wave sailing boards that changed the way we think
about just that, and then further proved that he was
right by winning the 04 World Championships on
just that kit. What does the future hold for Scott?
probably something much greater, we only hope he
will keep us updated as he moves forward.
and aims to do the same with Starboard!
Eric Girard is everywhere, the CNN of
windsurfing. He has a big heart for everything
windsurfing and for his new wife Claudine
who helps him reaching his many goals.
He lets people see windsurfing in new
angles through his many adventures and we
look forward to witness his new exciting
Ian Fox has had a great run lately, and his second son
Tyler has already ordered a ProKids Sonic. Ian manages our
Maui photo shoot. This annual challenge involves arranging
the sun, negotiating the wind, timing the helicopters,
photographers, 30 riders and ensuring that he still gets
time to test new boards for himself, his wife Janine and
everyone who wants to know what the new Starboards
feel like. The definitive speed freak, he is especially in tune
with tuning the "faster" boards in our range.
Per Anderson has been addicted to windsurfing
since first stepping on a board at the age of 9.
Before joining Starboard 2 years ago, Per has
covered every aspect of windsurfing, from being
a pro PWA rider, a retailer and distributor, a board
shaper, a pro sail tester, an instructor and working
with demos and clinics. He's gone from heading
the Swedish Funboard Association to developing
secret construction methods on the West coast of
Australia in partnership with some of the biggest
names in sports. Today, Per carries out the
development and testing of many board models
into the early hours of the morning, fuelled by
unnatural passion and energy. Results from Per's
active research efforts into board construction
and flex is also just around the corner...
Michael Nakvachara streamlines testing,
transport and anything that can provide us
better shapes and organization for the future.
Most importantly, he supervised the building
of the new "dog penthouse" at the Naklua
beach test center. His engineering background
keeps us always thinking about how we can
move ahead of last years milestones with
higher speed that ever.
Peter Hart, a former British slalom
champion and member of the 40 knot
club. Known as the 'technique guru'.
His articles and award winning DVDs
have brought help to literally thousands
of improving windsurfers worldwide.
Runs a clinic tour all over the world from
Ireland to the Caribbean. Been testing
and sailing for Tushingham for 21 years
|Ellen Faller and Roger Jackson
Ellen Faller and Roger Jackson, have a "mobile windsurfing
program" that travels all over the US throughout the year.
They provide the "Taste of Windsurfing" program which gives
interested people around the USA an opportunity to try
windsurfing with on land simulator instruction by Ellen and
on the water instruction with Roger. Both Ellen and Roger
are past "USWA Windsurfers of the Year". Send a question to
Ellen at www.star-board.com/forum/women/forum.asp
or Roger at www.star-board.com/forum/school/forum.asp
and you will get more than an answer. We get daily letters from
people that appreciate their expertise and support.