Boardriding since 81

We are fanatic

Founded in 1981, our brand represents over three decades of history and an ongoing promise to you: to deliver quality, innovation and service. Our reputation as one of the world’s leading watersports brands has been built upon a resolute passion for the products we produce. Only the very best will do. 

what we stand for

Fanatic is driven by our unwavering desire to create dream boards. That vision may sound simple, but achieving it is not. We stand for everything that makes it possible: quality, innovation, knowledge, experience, consistency, integrity, Ocean Minded spirit and above all else, passion.

Behind the brand

Meet the Team

CRAIG GERTENBACH

Brand Manager

 

As Brand Manager for Fanatic, Craig divides his time between testing, sales, team management and boardbag packer at photoshoots. South African born and bred he took up Windsurfing back in 1982, joining Fanatic as a rider and World Tour competitor in 1995.

 

 

KARIN GERTENBACH

Head of Marketing

 

Karin is the Head of Marketing for Fanatic. Having joined the brand back in 1999, she has evolved and worked hard to grow its image as much as she can. Married to Brand Manager Craig, and with two kids who love to SUP too, she lives the job 24/7 and is  truly ‘Addicted to Ride!’

 

 

KLAAS VOGET

Marketing Manager

 

Top 10 PWA competitor and SUP soulrider Klaas Voget, spends as much time as possible on the water. Having signed his first rider contract with Fanatic back in 1999, he got involved in the R&D in 2005. In 2007, Klaas became a full time pro rider dedicating his passion for Windsurfing and SUP to the brand and in 2015 he became Marketing Manager.

 

 

STEFANIE GSENGER 

Sales Manager

 

An avid outdoor sports enthusiast, Stefanie has risen through the ranks of Customer Service, right up to Sales Manager. Her energetic and organised character perfectly balances the rest of the team, to ensure products are delivered on time with the best service you’d expect from a market leader! 

 

 

DANIEL AEBERLI

Product Manager

 

Dani Aeberli has been ‘Addicted to Ride’ since he was 7 years old. As Fanatic Product Manager, Daniel pursued his love of watersports by getting involved in the R&D and technical development of Windsurfing with Fanatic. Now, Stand Up Paddling and the creation of new products have become another passion of his, absorbed into his work and lifestyle.

 

 

VASIN SIRITO

Product Engineer

 

Vasin Siritho is a passionate waterman with years of experience in the composite industry. He is the key link between our R&D / Product Management teams and our suppliers, making sure the great products we test year round, end up in the hands of our customers! 

SKY SOLBACH

Shaper

 

Sky joined the Boards & More family in 2004 as a team rider and enjoyed a successful competitive career that spanned over 15 years. During that time, Sky became deeply involved in building and developing surfboards, kites, hydrofoils and SUPs – Some of the best sold kites and boards in the market over the past ten years are a direct result of his work in R&D. Sky attributes his ability to test gear at the highest performance levels together with other world-class riders as the key to his success as a designer and thus continues to push his riding level across a wide range of water sports. Sky develops boards and hydrofoils on his custom-built CNC machine just a stone’s throw away from the world-class testing grounds of Maui’s north shore.

 

 

KEN WINNER

Foil development

 

Ken Winner started with Windsurfing in the seventies, winning national and world championships in various Windsurfing disciplines. After dabbling briefly with Kitesurfing in the eighties, he jumped into the sport with both feet in the late nineties. He helped start the involvement of Boards & More with Kiteboarding and has been designing kitesurf-related equipment for the last 19 years. His expertise in watersports expanded deeply into Foiling over the recent years. His latest design efforts include developing the sport of Wing Foiling.  Ken is developing the Fanatic Foiling programme for  all disciplines together with Sky Solbach.

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