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Posted by on May 12, 2013 in Windsurfing News |

Windsurfing Legends – Francisco Goya

Francisco Goya Windsurfing Legend Argentinian ex world champion windsurfer, Francisco Goya is one of the all time legends in windsurfing! Having successfully competed in the Professional Windsurfers Association (PWA) since 1994 and becoming PWA World Champion in 2000, he is now based on Maui, Hawaii where he runs his own windsurf equipment company, Goya Windsurfing.

In a recent article he wrote for Boards Windsurfing Magazine, Goya sums up his thoughts on windsurfing…

“Wavesailing! I feel energy coming out of my skin as I say that word. The truth is that I’m still as passionate as ever about it; from gliding across a small wave to riding at Ho’okipa, this is my way of seeing the world. There is something magical about being propelled by something you can’t see. I still find it hard to wrap my mind around it all. How we can hit ramps full speed, ride the biggest waves, all with just a board and thin membrane called a sail – it’s crazy!” – Francisco Goya

1st Place Gran Canaria World Cup 1999
1st Place Hawaii Grand Prix World Cup (Super Session)
1st Place Aloha Classic World Cup 2000
1st Place Ireland World Cup 2000
1st Place Wadell USA Tour 2000
1st Place Jalama USA Tour 2000
1st Place Omaezaki Japan 2000 (Wave & Super Session)

1ST Place PWA ranking 2000
1999 SAILOR OF THE YEAR Paris Boatshow Boards Awards
2000 World Extreme Sports Awards, Munich “Nea Awards”

He loves windsurfing all over the world and includes the following as favourite spots:
Hawaii, Chile, Ireland, Argentina, Australia, South Africa, La torche, Klittmoller, Guincho, Cerdena, CapeVerde, Fiji, Bali

Francisco even found time to re-join the PWA Tour in 2009, finishing 5th in the 1st wave event at Cabo Verde.

Favourite board: Just about any board really, can be a 68 liter board at Ho’okipa or a 125liter one when I sail at Sprecks with my daughter Luna(4)

Favourite manoeuvre: Faster, higher, tweaker, on a deeper, bigger wave or simply riding the wind down the coast.

Francisco got into windsurfing through a combination of his older brother, Alejandro and from seeing videos and pictures of people windsurfing.

After moving to Maui when only 18 years old, Goya was living the dream, windsurfing all day long! 5 years later he got together with close friends to create his first windsurf board brand, Quatro. These boards absolutely rocked & still do today, with the brand going from strength to strength!

Now with Goya Windsurfing, the production covers a broader range of boards, sails, masts & now with a new branch of the company 211 Windsurfing Components there are also booms, extensions & base plates.

Here at the Poole Windsurfing School we are free to use whatever windsurf brands we choose & we choose Goya! The effort that goes into the design, quality of the finished products & awesome performance of the kit made them an obvious choice. Having a company where the owner/creator is still involved on a daily basis makes such a huge difference to the passion & end results. Francisco has even visited us for a demo day where we could chat directly to the man himself about the windsurf equipment and suggest changes, tweaks and improvements that he would then take back with him directly to the development team!

“I work together with a team that been focusing their whole life around windsurfing, the office, showroom, loft and factory are in Haiku, 5 minutes away from one of the most consistent and mixed conditions in the world to ride on. The mixed conditions that Maui has to offer along with a huge amount of visitors from all over the world, allow us to test the gear ourselves and receive direct feedback from our customers. So everyday we ride and hear feedback that is put back into the products, business and sport. All revolve around our passion and development for the ultimate ride, company and sport. When the new years gear arrive I’m just as excited about it as I was with my first board 25 years ago.” – Francisco Goya

With his company, Goya Windsurfing he is looking to take the sport to the next level!

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