ADDICTED TO RIDE SINCE 81
– IN THE LOOP SINCE TODAY
With the celebration of our 40th anniversary, we caught up with some of our Fanatic legends: Meet our former team rider and windsurfing legend Franciso Goya!
Francisco is originally from Argentina and was with Fanatic from 1999 till 2004. He was surfing and windsurfing from when he was a child and moved to Maui at the age of 18 to be able to spend as much time on the water as possible, becoming one of the most famous wavesailors of all time in the process. Francisco won the PWA World Wave Title in 2000 on Fanatic and was an instrumental part of the Goya Pro Wave range which he developed in cooperation with our shaper Sebastian Wenzel during five seasons. Francisco went on to create his own successful windsurfing brand GOYA and is still totally addicted to windsurfing.
Some facts about Francisco:
Career/Relation to Fanatic: Former team rider and worked along with Sebastian Wenzel for the Goya Pro Model
With Fanatic when: 1999 to 2004
Windsurfing since: 1984
Competition Highlights: 1st place PWA World Cup Gran Canaria 1999, 1st Place Hawaii Grand Prix World Cup Super Session, 1st Place Aloha Classic World Cup 2000, 1st Place Ireland World Cup 2000, 1st Place Wadell USA Tour 2000, 1st Place Jalama USA Tour 2000, 1st Place Omaezaki Japan 2000 (Wave & Super Session)
Year Results and Awards: 1st place PWA wave ranking 2000, Sailor of the Year 1999, Paris Boatshow Boards Awards 2000 and World Extreme Sports Award, Munich “Nea Awards”
Favourite board (back in the days when with Fanatic): Developing the Goya Pro Model was a great experience
Favourite discipline: Wavesailing but I also enjoy freeriding, tandem sailing and racing, so my favorite discipline really is windsurfing
Besides windsurfing: Family time, developing new gear and the business