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Arthur & Alice Arutkin and Maxime van Gent nel Team Fanatic International

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Fanatic is happy to announce the signing of French youngster Arthur Arutkin and beautiful Maxime van Gent to their International Windsurf & SUP team plus Arthur´s sister Alice Arutkin joins the International Windsurf team. Arthur is the most talented youngster in the French Windsurfing and SUP scene and Alice already has a name as a World Class Windsurfer with top results. At only 16 years of age, Maxime is very talented in Freestyle Windsurfing as well as SUP and will give us great coverage. For sure all three riders be great additions to our existing team. Leaving our International Windsurf Team 2013 will be Gonzalo Costa Hoevel and Yarden Meir – we wish them all the best for the future.

Craig Gertenbach, Fanatic Brand Manager:
“I´m happy to welcome Arthur, Alice and Maxime to our Fanatic International teams. Maxime is a really talented Freestyler and Paddler and her youth and personality are a great addition to our team. Women´s Windsurfing and SUP are both really attractive to the media and she personifies the spirit of both sports! Arthur is one of the most talented youngsters in the French Windsurfing and SUP scene, we have high hopes to be a part of what promises to be an outstanding career. Alice is already established as a World Class Windsurfer with top results, we are proud to have her joining our team and look forward to welcoming the Arutkin family aboard!”

Maxime van Gent (NB-22):
“I’m very excited to be in the Fanatic International Team. I hope I can make women windsurfing more attractive again and will love to promote it all over the world and Fanatic for sure has the right boards for it! Fanatic also has the image to support their riders and I will be happy to be part of this great team. I will do my last year in high school now, but as well competing in the PWA Worldtour and also doing clinics for kids and girls.”

Arthur Arutkin (FRA-111):
“I’m happy to be with Fanatic now. What I´m really looking forward is to train with my new team mates like Victor, Klaas in Windsurf or Olivia and Yoann in SUP in different spots, but also to meet the rest of the Fanatic team and being part of it to promote this fantastic brand. I will work hard this year, but also have a lot of fun on the water!”

Alice Arutkin (FRA-1111):
“I really would like to be in the Top 3 in the PWA and this year I would like to get the first place In the French Championship and with Fanatic boards I for sure have the right tools for that! I´m glad to be part of the team together with my brother now, we for sure will try our best to promote the brand as good as we can as a package!”

BIO/INFORMATION ARTHUR ARUTKIN:
Name: Arthur Arutkin
Birthday: 11.02.1997
Country: France
Favorite discipline SUP: Waveriding
Favourite discipline Windsurf: Waverding
Best results SUP:
– 4th French Champs Senior Beach SUP Race 2012
– 21st Battle of the Paddle California 2012
Best results Windsurf:
– 25th PWA World Cup Wave Pozo 2012
– 38th PWA Wave Overall Ranking 2012
– 3rd Red Bull Soul Wave 2012
– European Slalom Champion with 15 years
Favorite spot: Wissant, Dana Point, Lanes
Favourite Fanatic SUP board: ProWave 8´0 & Falcon Carbon 12’6 “x 25”
Fanatic favorite board WS: Quad TE 75
How I started Windsurfing: My big brother and my sister were already windsurfing when I was a small child. I spent my time swimming in the waves in Wissant watching them. When I was 9 years old I was strong enough to handle a sail and my father taught me how to windsurf. From then I was hooked!
How I started SUP: My sister Alice returned from Hawaii where she tried SUP with friends. She made me try it at our home spot Wissant then and I really loved it straight away!
Best SUP day in my life: This Winter in Fuerteventura, in Majanicho alone at night, no wind and glassy wave tubes in the sunset. Other sponsors outside Fanatic: Oxbow, NorthSails, Select Fins
My Goals: Progress quickly! I´m really looking forward to train with my new team mates like Victor, Klaas, Olivia and Yoann in different spots, also to meet the rest of the Fanatic team soon. I would love to participate in this year’s Youth Championships in France in two disciplines – Windsurfing & SUP and hope to stand on the podium France. In the BOP in Brazil and California back in the top 15 worldwide. In PWA I will try to do my best too, we’ll see at the end of the year!
My Slogan: There is no easy life! 🙂
INTERVIEW WITH ARTHUR ARUTKIN:
Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into Windsurfing and Stand Up Paddling?
When I was child, my father always went swimming with me and my sister where my brother already practiced windsurfing because they are older. I always watched them and could not wait to be old enough to handle a sail. When I was 9 years my father finally taught me how to windsurf. SUP my sister Alice taught me when she came back from Maui after first trying this new great sport there. I was hooked with both from the start.
And what was your favourite experience on a Windsurfboard/SUP?
My first Double Foward attempt was really special and helped me to develop a lot in my skills. For SUP it was my first barrel.
Why Fanatic?
The boards seem to suit my style very well. Also the team is really great and I´m looking forward to work and train with them.
Did you get a chance to try any of our gear yet and what do you think?
I tried the 8″0 ProWave, I liked the shape a lot and will also get the same a bit smaller for my light weight.
What are your plans, for sure not easy to be a lot on the water and still have to do schoolwork?
Travel, progress and meet a lot of people. In France I have a special status and as I have good notes at school, they let me go.
Which goals do you want to reach in 2013?
Win the French Youth Championship SUP Race and Windsurf Slalom and finish in the top 15 at the Battle of the Paddle.

BIO/INFORMATION ALICE ARUTKIN:
Name: Alice Arutkin
Birthday: 10.02.1992
Country: France
Favourite discipline: Waves
Best results:
– PWA Junior Wave World Champion 2011
– IFCA Slalom World Champion 2011
– IFCA Junior Slalom World Champion 2011
– 4th PWA Slalom 2010/2011
– 7th PWA Wave 2010/2011
Favourite spot: My home spot Wissant and Cape Town/South Africa
Favourite Fanatic board: Quad TE 69
How I started Windsurfing: I start windsurfing when I was 10 years old In the
North of France at our home spot with my dad and my big brother, my little
brother Arthur was to young at this stage! We also went to Tarifa on holiday for 3
weeks every year to surf and windsurf.
Best Windsurfing day in my life: My first time in Maui/Hookipa was really amazing, I have never been in waves as big as they were there before, but managed well!
Other sponsors besides Fanatic: Red Bull, Oxbow, NorthSails, SOSH, WAXX.
My Goals: I want to progress especially in jumping and work a lot on my style in waves. I really would like to be in the Top 3 in the PWA and this year I would like to get the first place In the French Championship. Besides that I am planning some nice trips with my little brother Arthur!
My Slogan: Live your dream!
INTERVIEW WITH ALICE ARUTKIN
Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into Windsurfing?
My father was windsurfing for several years, he really loved the spoart and pushed me to try as well as soon I was old enough. I remember when I started windsurfing, I was also dancing a lot, but my father told me that I should concentrate on windsurfing because I will travel around the world and meet many amazing people, which is really true!
And what was your favourite experience on a Windsurfboard?
I love the waves waves, it´s just such a great feeling to surf and jump them! But also my first experience in the PWA Slalom was also incredible! I was fighting with very hard with the Top Slalom riders like Karin, Valérie, Sarah-Quita and winning a race competing against them, you feel very proud ! All my first trophies and titles was a very nice experience.
Why did you get a chance to try any of our gear yet and what do you think?
I don ´t have my gear yet, but I had the chance to try some of the boards from Fanatic riders and some friends and I really enjoyed the feeling of the board, it´s very appropriate for my skills and I´m looking forward using them!
What are your plans, for sure not easy to be a lot on the water and still have to do schoolwork?
I decide to stop school because it was very hard between waves, slalom, school and now I have a boyfriend and he also takes a part of my time. I will mainly concentrate on windsurfing in the waves.
Which goals do you want to reach in 2013?
I want to progress a lot on my wavesailing, especially jumping. I’m only 20 years old and I feel like I still have so many things to learn! I hope I can win the French Championship and also get on the podium in the PWA in the future. I also plan to do some trips and videos together with my little brother!

BIO/INFORMATION MAXIME:
Name: Maxime van Gent
Birthday: 29.05.1996
Country: Bonaire
Favourite discipline SUP: On Bonaire there are no waves, so I have to paddle
on flat water but if we had some good wave I would definitely try it out.
Favourite discipline Windsurf: Freestyle and small waves for SUP.
Best results:
– Youth Champion Freestyle Women (under 18) in 2011 and 2012
– 7th Freestyle Woman – PWA Fuerteventura 2012
– 2th Slalom Woman – Copa Julia – Bonaire 2012
Favourite spot: Sorobon
Favourite Fanatic SUP board: AllWave 8´6
Favourite Fanatic Windsurf board: Skate TE 89
How I started Windsurfing: When a friend took me to Sorobon and I saw all the
windsurfers I had to try!
How I started SUP: When there is no wind at Sorobon we SUP and try to catch fish.
Best Windsurfing/SUP day in my life: Windusurfing with 20-22 knots winds on
Sorobon with all my friends. SUP; on a real hot sticky day and then go SUP to cool off and enjoy the water.
Other sponsors besides Fanatic: NorthSails, ION, Maui Ultra Fins
My Goals: To become World Champion one day!
My Slogan: It is great to be me
Website: www.maximevangent.com
INTERVIEW WITH MAXIME VON GENT
Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into Windsurfing and Stand Up Paddling?
I moved to Bonaire when I was 12 years old. In the first year on Bonaire I didn’t windsurf at all and also didn’t think I would like it. Then I met a friend who loved to windsurf and she took me to Sorobon. It looked so amazing and I really wanted to try it, so I asked if I could rent a board. For the whole summer I tried and tried and after a month I was already planing and from then I was hooked for life, the feeling when you go fast on the water was just so good. Then for a month or two I learned to jibe and tack and ride very fast over the water, but when I saw all the freestylers I thought that I want to be like that! So I just started to jump and fall and jump and fall… After half a year I got my own stuff because renting every day was a lot of money. From then I really could Freestyle. The first time I landed my Vulcan was so amazing – this feeling you get after trying for so long and then finally it happens that you want more and more.
And what was your favourite experience on a Windsurfboard/SUP?
I don’t have so much experience in SUP but everything I have is good but one off my favourite is when I go SUP with sunset. I really love that seeing the air turning pink and me SUP in that I really love it!
Why Fanatic? Did you get a chance to try any of our gear yet?
I really like the boards, the shapes as well as the looks – Fanatic just suits me and works very well for me.
What are your plans for 2013?
I will try to do the tour. And train as much as I can. But I also have to finish school this year.
Which goals do you want to reach in 2013?
I will finish my high school this year and practice windsurfing to get better for next year´s season. I would really like to get in the top 5 next year. In vacation time I am organising Kids Clinics at the Jibe City to teach children the fun of windsurfing. And every Saturday I work at a surf shop and when it’s busy I also help out in the bar on other days, so I can save some money for travelling. I would love to go see more of the world and windsurf at different places and meet people. I hope I can make women windsurfing more attractive again and will be happy to promote it all over the world.

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