29-year old Daniel Bruch from Spain will reinforce the Starboard wave team in 2011. As a rising star in the PWA – he finished the 2010 in excellent 5th position overall – Dany has recently made a name for himself by looping the artificial waves of the Siam park in Tenerife with a little help from a jetski.

Dany Bruch will be on Starboard in 2011 (Pic: Sergio Vilalba/CMD).

“Since Dany is already sailing Severne rigs and knows many of the best riders of the Starboard Dream Team, signing him for 2011 was the next logical step for both parties. With this latest addition, Starboard will reinforce its already strong position in the PWA and is proud to have a new and upcoming talent on its research and development crew.” the Starboard marketing commented the move.

Dany Bruch left Patrik boards, where he was also much involved in development and testing. He was using the innovative Trailer fin concept at his boards while the 2010 season, which got created by Patrik Diethelm.

Dany about joining Starboard: “After a five-year break in my windsurfing career, I knew that returning would be one of the hardest things I’ve done so far. It took a lot of dedication, training and a strong mind to get to the top of the PWA. The skill level is higher than ever before, and getting up and staying there is very hard! Basically it took me four years to achieve the goals I’ve set myself once I started focusing on my comeback. One of those goals was to end up in the top five, and another one was to have the best brands in the business support me and push me.”

Dany with the Quad IQ_ (Pic: Dany Bruch).

And he added further lines: “With me joining Starboard, my last goal in regards of brands behind me is reached. Being with Severne for 2 years already, produced some excellent results for me, and I find it great that Starboard believes in me as a team rider and tester. There’s a long a great future together waiting for us, and I can wait to start the R&D process with Scott McKercher. Representing the Tiki makes me feel proud and knowing a bit of the background of this great brand from some of the other riders, there’s nothing that’s holding me back from a full focus on my sport and my passion.”

Starboard has a good mix of sailors on their wave team: Scott McKercher in front as a former worldchampion testing and developing stuff, Philip Köster, perhaps the most radical young gun with a big future, Dany Bruch, who is on top of his level, Kevin Pritchard, former worldchampion, Boujmaa Guilloul, a worldclass photo rider, who just needs some events with right hand wind, Timo Mullen and super talent Mickey Clancy from Ireland, young talented Francisco Casas Garcia, who trains with Victor Fernandez, Raimondo Gasperini and Fabio Calo from Italy. And don´t forget about Cyril Moussilmani or Björn Dunkerbeck, who both can still score big in waves.

© Starboard 2011, Pics: Sergio Vilalba/CMD