Boardriding since 81

We are fanatic

Founded in 1981, our brand represents over three decades of windsurfing history and an ongoing promise to you: to deliver quality, innovation and service. Our reputation as one of the world’s leading windsurfing brands has been built upon a resolute passion for the products we produce. Only the very best will do. Because we love to windsurf just as much as you 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. Value is important to us because we know it matters to you. Designing more usable range into each of our boards has allowed us to offer the most concise board range of all the top windsurfing brands. This means you’ll get even more use from your new Fanatic board across a greater range of conditions. Customer service is as important to us as our products are. Looking after you completes the picture for us. Your questions and feedback help us to better understand your needs, provide you with relevant information and to develop future ranges. There is always an ear waiting for you at an approved Fanatic dealer. Or you can chat to us online anytime at our

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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 PWA World Tour competitor in 1995.

 

 

KARIN GERTENBACH

Head of Marketing

 

Karin is the Head of Marketing for Fanatic and is working in the industry since 1991. 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 windsurf too, she lives the job 24/7 and is truly ‘Addicted to Ride!‘

 

 

KLAAS VOGET 

Head of Wave R&D & Marketing Manager

 

Top 10 PWA competitor Klaas Voget spends as much time possible on the water developing the range, as well as taking care of Marketing collateral. Having signed his first rider contract with Fanatic back in 1999, he entered the PWA Tour in 2000, and got involved in the R&D in 2005 and Marketing in 2015.

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

Having first stepped on a windsurfing board at 7 years old, Daniel discovered his passion for slalom and racing at the young age of 15 years when he hit the competitive circuit. Securing Slalom Swiss Champion and multiple freestyle titles, he pursued his love for the sport by getting involved in R&D  and technical development over 13 years ago.

 

SEBASTIAN WENZEL 

Shaper

Sebastian Wenzel started windsurfing back in 1981, a time when he also began to create boards of his own. From 1985 – 2000, Sebastian competed in all disciplines. Filling the role of designer and shaper for Fanatic back in 1994, he introduced the premium CAD design process into windsurfing in 2004. His creative eye and passion for sport makes him a fundamental part of the progression and evolution of our lines, and the sport in general.

 

VASIN SIRITO 

Product Engineer

Vasin is a passionate windsurfer 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!

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