Date of Birth:
Hamburg/Germany, but I also spent a lot of time in Matanzas/Chile and Klitmøller/Denmark
Quad TE, Stubby TE & TriWave TE
Born in the small town Aurich in the northwest of Germany, Klaas grew up not far from the sea ever since he was a child. After high school diploma, he moved to the north sea island Norderney to do his year of civilian service before entering the University of Kiel in 2000, which was also the year of his first PWA Worldcup. In the winter of 2007/2008 Klaas finished University with an M.A. degree in sports science, since then he’s partly living in Hamburg and partly around the globe in search for wind and waves as a professional windsurfer. For several years now Klaas leads the R&D of our wave range and is also very involved in our marketing department. He's been on Fanatic Boards ever since he started windsurfing back in 1992!
Team Fanatic since...
Move you’re most proud of:
Stepping onto the podium at the World Cup on Sylt twice.
Letting go during a big pushloop in Moulay. Broke my nose with my own knee in the impact. Pretty bloody situation.
Number one on your bucket list:
A boat trip surfing/sailing perfect waves.
Soundtrack of your life:
1. Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head
2. Moonbootica & Jan Delay - Der Mond
3. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Simple Man
4. Ziggy Marley - Beach in Hawaii
As a superhero I would…
...clean up the oceans.
For the perfect Windsurfing day there has to be…
...good waves, friends and just a few people in the water.
If you could be another person for a day, who would you be?
Kelly Slater - I'd wait for a day with pumping swell in Fiji...
If you could have only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
When do you use the Quad and how do you setup the board?
I'm using the Quad when i'm sailing in good wave conditions, from Chile, South Africa & Hawaii to the good days in the North Sea. When the wind is cross- or cross-offshore and there is a good wave, the Quad is just the best for fast carving manoeuvres and late hits, and that's what i like most! I place all 4 fins pretty much in the middle of the boxes when i'm riding in the North- or Baltic Sea. Same for the mast base. Like this you get a pretty good mix of planning power vs. turns out of the board. When it's more side-sideoff, i move the mast base slightly behind the middle and the fins slightly forward. That loosens the board up and will make it turn real tight. I use the back strap in the second hole from the tail and the front strap in the second from the front to have a slightly wider controlled stance. I use the straps pretty wide to get in deep, but i flip the anti-twist plugs of the straps around to have a tighter fit around the foot.
In which conditions do you prefer to step on the Stubby and what are your settings on that shape?
I really like the Stubby when it's not so perfect and the wind is side- to side-on. You get loads of planning power and lift out of this shape and you can snap it around like a little skateboard on the wave, but always keep very good control. You can hit mushy waves with a super vertical approach, release the tail with buckets of spray and somehow you always make it. It's unbelievable how much fun you can get out of average days. With my weight my go to size is the 77, i sail it from 3.7 up to 5.0 weather. I place the mast base a little behind the middle of the track, the fins pretty much right in the middle of the boxes. It sounds big, but i always use the 18cm/12cm production fin set - that wide tail likes a little bigger fins as usual. Foot straps same as with the quad, second last hole for the back strap, sometimes even last hole, second from the front for the front strap. Anti-Twist plugs flipped around for a tighter fit around the foot, but i use the straps itself in a wide setting to get in there deep and get my weight over the center of the board in the turns.
Who'd you recommend to get a TriWave
I ride the TriWave when it's really onshore, i want to get super early planning, speed and lift for jumps. I'm pretty light, so i also get going quite good with more curvy boards, but the TriWave is really unbeatable when it comes to light wind conditions for me. I have a few friends of 90kg+ and they really love the bigger TriWave as their one Board solution. It's just a super easy shape, you basically get on, hook in and fly. I have the 82l Tri in my Quiver to cover the light Sylt and Denmark conditions with 5.0 and 5.3.
Everyone getting into Wave sailing, everyone coming from a single fin board willing to improve their wave skills, everyone who just wants to have a blast out there in their limited water time, everyone who sails a lot in current & cross-onshore and especially everyone who loves jumping will really enjoy the TriWave!