Starboard has just signed female Irish Wave Champion, the lovely Katie McAnena, check out their press release below and an interview with the lady herself over the next couple of pages.
Katie is a very active rider on the Irish scene and she has been dominating the national Wave events for years (including the men’s !).
In her spare time she travels the worlds shore line in search of waves while also competing internationally.
Starboard is delighted to have a charismatic and bubbly character such as Katie joining the Dream Team and we wish her the best of luck.
We caught up with Katie to ask a few questions…
Starboard: Hi Katie, we heard you just signed with Starboard, are the rumours true?
Katie: It’s the best rumour I’ve ever heard….not only because it’s awesome but also because it’s true. I am unbelievably stoked!
SB: Which boards (construction and size) have you chosen and why?
Katie: This was a toughy for sure. I’ve tried the Kodes and the Quads and both were super responsive and amazing to sail.
But considering my plan is to sail big, Irish, down-the-line style conditions I’ve ended up going for the Quads in wood construction.
I’ve found they’re super solid but also not too stiff on the wave.
I weigh about 62kg so I’ve gone for the smallest Starboard, I have the 67L and also the 74L which should give me a good range across the mix of wind strengths we get here in Ireland.
SB: How do the Starboards and Hot Sails match up together?
Katie: Like milk and honey! They were made for each other! I sail Hot Sails Firelights and for me they are by far the lightest, most manoeuvrable, fun sails I’ve ever used.
They work so perfectly with the quads and I’ve seen how Anne-Marie rips with the same combo so here’s hoping I can emulate some of her Starboard meets Hot Sails style!