Ok, so a big change for you, it’s been almost 10 years with Maui Sails, can you tell us why the move?
It was not an easy decision but I had to move on and look for other opportunities as Mauisails was not in a really healthy situation as I made my decision. Truth is I didn’t want to leave but as time was going by, I had a fast approaching deadline for the other brands, I made the choice to leave mauisails and secure my future, well mostly, for the 2015 season.
Yes it’s been almost ten years with Mauisails, it will always be good memories and I never will regret those years I have been with them, I learned a lot and I am proud to have been with such team and learned a lot throughout those years. The Team has been supportive and I am for ever grateful. Barry, Art, Caroline are just amazing people, and Phil as the guy that knows so much and more I couldn’t ask for more.
It wasn’t that easy making that decision to leave Mauisails, I had many sleepless night, thoughts, etc, emailing back and forth but was getting poor information and not the correct answers and as time was flying by and the deadline for other deals was closing I had to make an decision to secure my 2015 season.
The good things is that Mauisails as a company and I as an athlete understand and we move on from each other on a good path. and that alone to me is a good feeling.
As I had several other sail company approaching me, it was only one company that got my attention, and that one was GA, after testing the Vapor in Fuerteventura from Ethan Westra I was surprised how easy and fast these sails were, so I put my main goal on that main company and got a deal that is suitable to go for the 2015 season.
And I am confident about the Pure as I know my brother Tonky Frans is doing a really great job on these sails and having Kiri Thode as the 2013 freestyle World Champion on them I believe my move will be fairly easy as it won’t be the sails that need tuning, just me.