Sebastian Wenzel, Fanatic’s shaper for 12 years, has more than a quarter of a century of shaping experience, all of this knowledge now accessible in a complete cad database. Sebastian explains more about the innovative and high tech advantages of the cad design method:
Sebastian Wenzel revolutionised Production board design with his CAD/CNC system.
Our competition is still fighting hard to catch up and we are still in a very comfortable lead. But it is not just a CAD/CNC system that guarantees success. It is the entire set up that needs to be right. Starting with the right software to design the boards an d connecting it to the machine. Only highly sophisticated software is capable of designing the complex surfaces of a Windsurfing board.
But the machining process also needs to be set up perfectly to ensure a 100% accurate result. 5 years of CAD/CNC experience ensures that Fanatic is the undisputed leader in revolutionary Windsurfing board design.
The database is growing constantly and we keep learning every day. An experienced team of more than 14 years at Fanatic, is what sets us apart when it comes to creating an innovative, complete and yet compact range of boards.
“I have written down all data from all boards I have shaped since 1993, have all specification sheets, which are coming out of the production at Cobra and also archived all templates from my prototypes. I even noted in my shaping book how often I had to go over which part of the board, with which sandpaper. But even the best shaper cannot compete with the accuracy of a CNC shaping machine. This machine can easily make accurate shapes of up to a hundreds or thousands of a millimetre. It was quite a challenge to master this highly complex software, however the time, money and effort spent on this project is paying off now and it is getting really hard to make the boards even better at this stage. Just have a look at our International test results!”
Sebastian is able to easily and accurately compare shapes, regardless of how small the changes are. Plus with our various test teams feedback, he can make the necessary changes for the perfect shapes. The software used to design our boards is standard today in industrial 3D CAD design and is capable of designing anything you can imagine.
Nothing however beats the actual testing on the water part of our R&D process. We truly use all of our team riders and experienced testing staff, to daily challenge Sebastian to come up with even better designs. While other brands just talk about involving their riders and make pro models with zero actual input from their pro team, we embrace and demand input from our riders. Sebastian Wenzel shapes ALL boards for our team´s use, why would we let any other shaper use the know-how and experience our riders can offer? If the shapes are not good enough for our team, then they are also not good enough to go to production, simple.
The future is wide open for CAD technology and we are really excited to see what´s coming next!”
Tushingham (www.tushingham.com) have been building windsurfing sails since the sport took off, way back in 1980, and they've seen it all. Broken windows, broken battens, torn seams, abrasion, UV damage - it's unbelievable what can go wrong with even the most carefully crafted design. It's experience that counts, and the will to build something that you can be proud of.
It's quite simple, there are just two ways of building a sail: the best way, and then any other way that tries to save money. Tushingham follow only the best route! It may be old fashioned, but it's what they're comfortable with, and it's the way they plan to continue.
Research & Development
Many sailmakers pay lip service to R & D; they just hire a designer when their marketing men demand a new range. It's not like that at Tushingham. They do it like this...
First and foremost, Ken Black is retained full time, 365 days a year, to develop the Tushingham range. Ken's been cutting sails for close on 30 years and he's been one of windsurfing's pioneer designers from the very early days. Many things have changed in that time but Ken's commitment has never wavered. You'll still find him at his Isle of Wight development loft, tweaking sail shapes, or out on the water testing with his dedicated group of testers.
Another key is Tushingham's commitment to the evolutionary improvement of known designs. No change for change's sake, no marketing led model lines, no fashion panel layouts, just constant improvement and innovation based on proven winners.
Sails for you
Tushingham is a company with it's feet on the ground. We know how 'pro' sailors can monopolise a designer's time, so that he spends most of it developing competition sails. These sails are important - they drive the development - but 95% of windsurfers are recreational sailors. They're not the same as the pros and they deserve the lion's share of the attention. Tushingham recognise this. Ken Black learns from his work with the pros, but his focus remains with the normal windsurfer. Tushingham puts more effort into making great sails for the "street" windsurfer than any other brand.
A Tushingham sail will never get a bad review. It will either win the test, or be pretty close to it. Other brands, even famous ones, suffer the vagaries of frequent designer and model changes. We're not saying that they never make great sails, but they do seem to turn out quite a few mediocre ones.
Chinook has been designing and manufacturing innovative parts for windsurfing for 30 years. The Chinook one-piece fin/mast box and the clamp-on boom head are just a few of the original designs that have advanced windsurfing to where it is today. Chinook takes pride in USA design and manufacturing. This enables us to offer the best designed, best built products available.
Chinook has diversified into other exciting water sports including wakeboarding, water-skiing, surfing, sailing, and kiteboarding. their enthusiasm for these sports inspires them to design and produce products that add to the fun experienced by all.
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