Years: Julie, Britt & Jutta
F2 Fun & Function, under this new label,
Peter Brockhaus, Managing Director Klaus Dreher and Germany's best wave windsurfer and
shaper Juergen Hoenscheid crossed to kick off in Wals near Salzburg, Austria. With two
boards, the F2 Comet and the longer raceboard F2 Lightning, the brand was presented at the
world's biggest sports goods exhibition ISPO in Munich. That was back in 1981.
During the last 25 years women windsurfers
have played an important role in the company's success story. Women like Annick
Graveline, who got second in the ladies worldcup in 1986, women like Julie
de Werd. Britt Dunkerbeck of course, who took the overall title
for the first time in 1990 or German teamrider Jutta Mueller, who claimed
her first victory in 1991.
- Karin Jaggi -
- The Champ
12 x PWA Windsurfing World Champion, 7
x IFCA/IWA Windsurfing World Champion, 1 x ISA Speed World Champion and the Outright Speed
Sailing World Record (41.25 knots): No question about it Karin Jaggi is
THE female windsurfing champion of our times. Since 1995 the Swiss waterwoman has taken
titles in every single discipline including Wave, Race, Speed, Freestyle, Slalom 42,
Super-X plus two Overall titles. Watch Karin windsurfing in huge West Australian swell,
flying high in Pozo or outclassing her fellow Slalom 42 competitors in Fuerteventura, and
you'll find out why.
No other woman windsurfer has ever shown such
a memorable combination of success, long lasting spirit and universal
windsurfing skills. It is also quite obvious that Karin's impressive career is unique in
the world of women windsurfing, comparable perhaps just to male windsurfing legends like
Bjorn Dunkerbeck. This means that Karin, who is also one of the most likeable pro girls,
the perfect ambassador for her sponsor F2 in the world of women windsurfing. By the way:
Unlike other top sailors Karin always uses F2 production boards: The SX XS
for racing, the Chilli 99 for freestyle and the Guerilla 69
in the waves.
- Steffi Wahl -
- The Wave Princess
Steffi, who had started windsurfing at the age of 11 in
Southern Germany, now has the Baltic Sea and South African waters as favorite playgrounds.
She's smart, always friendly, passionate about her sport, her waveriding
style being radical and elegant at the same time and a perfect demonstration of joy
potential. Following a first place at the 2005 Soulwave, Steffi was able to give
an excellent performance at the PWA wave event in Gran Canaria 2006 (6th). Steffis
favorite board is the Guerilla 69: "Just the best waveboard, super
nice to control in all conditions from the Baltic Sea to South
- Allison Shreeve -
- The Racing Queen
2005: Allison Shreeve becomes Formula World
Champion with the F2 FX 100 III in Melbourne.
2006: the superfast Australian retains the Formula
World Windsurfing title!
Allison, who just has been awarded "Australian
Female Sailor of the Year 2006" at a glittering royal gala dinner in Sydney,
also wants to qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
No question about it: Allison serves as a
perfect incarnation of one of F2's core competences: SPEED!
- Junko Nagoshi -
- The Allrounder
"The girls' level is highly improving so
I thought this is the time for me to join the tour." Just two years after this decision (and after
being honored as "PWA Rookie of the Year 2005") the Japan born
Maui resident already is able to exhibit great results in all disciplines. Junkos breakthrough
came at the super-X competition on Lanzarote 2005, where she almost won the first ever
womens superX world title, finally got second. Junko favors the F2 Guerilla
69 2007: "Hookipa, Kanaha, Pozo this board works everywhere. With
thinner rails it makes wave turns a lot easier. Smooth and natural."
- Nina & Marie
- Edlund Tjernberg -
- The Next Generation
Marie and Nina live next to the sea. With
parents being passionate windsurfers themselves the attractive sisters
enjoyed a perfect kick start in windsurfing. And they learn fast, very fast...
F2 supports the two young talents as a sponsor and
once again honors the importance of investments in the future of windsurfing. By the way a
strategy that already pays off:
Marie just won the Swedish Wave
Have you ever had the chance to try the F2
Chilli (freestyle) or Guerilla (wave) boards? If yes, you will have found out how
perfectly these boards work on the water, and the great results of the F2 ladies
team give evidence, too. For example with the Guerilla 69 serving as a perfect
toy for lighter ladies, not only Steffi and Junko show that there are literally no limits
to women in waves.
At the same time F2 dominates
the "fast" disciplines Speed and Slalom42 in an impressive way.
With Karin Jaggi, Verena Fauster and Allison Shreeve the F2 ladies leave no space for
other brands on the PWA Slalom42 podium in 2006. The same can be said about the recent
IFCA Slalom Championships in Turkey, where Verena Fauster took the title.
Allison Shreeve in turn retains her Formula World
Windsurfing title in 2006. And Karin Jaggi still holds the Outright Speed Sailing World
Record with 41.25 knots.
One of the most important "ingredients" of this
formula of success is F2 shaper Patrik Diethelm. Being an excellent windsurfer in ALL
disciplines himself, he knows exactly which shapes work well on the water and which don't.
In close cooperation with his friend Karin Jaggi Patrik also keeps a close look on the
ladies as a target group, the rebirth of the legendary F2 board Sunset Slalom
(an awesome board if you are into freeriding!) also giving evidence to that fact. Last but
not least the F2 ladies team takes it as an affair of honor to use only production boards
in competition unlike other top sailors in other brands.
Yes, F2 takes women windsurfing seriously and the support
for many top ladies proves it. The F2 ladies make a difference to the sport of windsurfing
and make it easy for F2 to confess: Women are important for the future of windsurfing.
Happy Birthday, F2!