Slalom racer, Ben van der Steen follows up the announcement that he will leave Starboard and join Tabou boards in 2014 with further info on his decision:
“I am happy to announce that I will be joining the Tabou team for 014”
After joining the Gaastra team last year it was almost a logical step to join the the Tabou team ,I had tried some of the boards in summer and I was very impressed how easy and fast they were and most off all they gybed amazing. These board in my eyes have been underestimated and I think they are some of the best around, don’t let the playful graphics fool you these Mantas are real racing machines.
For me this is a beginning of what will be a long term relationship working on both the Gaastra sails and the new Tabou boards. Working on the boards and Sails with Cedric Bordes ,Ross williams , Peter Munzlinger and Fabien Volenweider and the rest of the Tabou Gaastra team will be a pleasure and I am very motivated to get on the new Tabou boards and start the new season fresh.
I will be using the Tabou Manta 85 /71/61 as my PWA setup and for the wave boards I have gone for the pockets 80 and 92.
My plans for 014 are to do some more racing as the 4 events last year just was not enough. I will try to do some more local races here in Spain as well as the Dutch championship and maybe even some formula and speed if I can find the time.
I would like to thank Starboard for there support the last 3 years and I wish them all the best.”