MauiSails welcomes Martin van Meurs
Martin van Meurs, one of the originators of the popular windsurfing
website www.gps-speedsurfing.com, and a long time competitor in the
sport, has joined with MauiSails to develop new competition scenarios
for speed sailing, to cross promote the TR-3 race sail program, and be
an active amateur competitor in the search for fifty knots.
Martin said, “After being a speed surfer for many years in the late
eighties and early nineties, I lost interest in the sport. Technology
and the Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) have revived my excitement
for windsurfing. I had a vision of people sailing world wide with, and
against, one another. Together with Roger van Tongeren, I set up a
national competition and shortly after, Dylan de Jong, Onno Pierik, and
Peter Heida joined, and we created www.gps-speedsurfing.com. Now, only a
few years later, nearly one thousand participants in over thirty
countries are racing in this virtual competition, and the hunt for fifty
knots is on.
MauiSails is supporting me to be part of spreading the word about the
use of GPS in windsurfing. www.gps-speedsurfing.com operates their
website on a voluntary basis, and we are stoked the industry recognizes
our efforts and is helping us to further promote the sport.
My personal goal is to break fifty knots. I’m sure the new TR-3 will
help me to take that hurdle once conditions are right. The MauiSails
design philosophy has always focused on a soft and forgiving feel that
favors an everyday windsurfer like me. I’m stoked to be part of The
Team, and to have a shot at fifty, the “new” magic number.”
To encourage the speed sailing community MauiSails has launched a
dedicated forum, “Speed… it’s about Time…” moderated by Martin van
Meurs. So it’s about time to log on www.mauisails.com/forum and
get your fifty knots.