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Challenger Sails UK windsurfing and wingsurfing – who we are.
Windsurfing will never be at the heady heights it once was, there are now two ways about it. At the sport’s inception, there was much clamouring to be a part of something new, funky and fun. Funky and fun windsurfing very much still is, it just isn’t new anymore. But that’s not to say windsurfing’s had its day. Far from it in fact…
Head to any well known UK beach or inland waterway and you’ll find windsurfers. In some headline spots large numbers of sailors, all out to have some funky fun. Yes, there are other disciplines in the mix, yet windsurfing’s draw remains tangible and alluring. Ask any sailor and they’ll tell you how smitten they are. No matter if they ride other craft or stick solely with sails. Windsurfing is addictive and those who do can’t get enough.
Who are Challenger Sails UK?
Andy Stuart-William and Eddie Marsh are long time UK riders. Both have spent considerable time chasing wind and waves, competing in many race events and sailing recreationally. After getting a flavour of what Challenger Sails were all about the opportunity arose for the two to grab the Italian brand by the horns and spear head its growth in the UK.
Passion for windsurfing and passion for the brand is at the core of why Andy and Eddie committed to Challenger. This isn’t their day job but it’s something they’re extremely driven by. And it’s tis passion and drive that Challenger Sails’ head honcho, Claudio, shares. Connecting in this way is a way to see a business thrive. And from early foundational building block days Challenger Sails UK momentum is building.
Reading this you may think all the chat about passion and drive is just hot air. But take it from us, whilst Challenger Sails UK is certainly a business, it’s a business with windsurfing purity at its hearty. Cheesy, maybe, but both Andy and Eddie realise it’s a long haul exercise growing a windsurfing sail brand. There are no quick wins with the whole process taking time. Plus, sustainability is key.
Fizzling out after an explosive start isn’t an option for Challenger Sails UK. That happens all too often. Instead, getting the Challenger name out there are building the business up steadily is what it’s all about. It has to be sustainable exercise, with a long lasting legacy, otherwise there’s no point.
Youth windsurfing, ladies and grass roots sailing support.
One particular Challenger Sails UK set of commitments is supporting the youth, ladies and grassroots market. Younger windsurfers need the access to quality equipment in order to improve and progress. Ladies meanwhile require a completely different set up to those alpha males out there. And grassroots windsurfing is always a worthy cause. After all, with the next influx of windsurfing talent, there wouldn’t be a sport at all.
Claudio also believes in the above which is why the Challenger Sails catalogue of products features appropriate equipment for riders of all backgrounds. One case in point is young gun Tom Pringuer. Tom shows much windsurfing promise and isn’t too shabby with his windsurfing either. As such, Challenger Sails UK help Tom with gear when and where possible. Keep our eyes peeled as we’ll be updating on Tom’s journey regularly.
The wingsurfing conundrum.
Wingsurfing is THE hot topic of wind orientated sports. Its appeal is broad with many windsurfers choosing to ride wings alongside their standard sail and fin combos. You can see why winging attracts. Simple kit, (relative) ease of use, the option to make best use of light winds and/or slack wave conditions and generally more excuse to spend time on the water. It’s a conundrum for some if you can’t identify the harmony winging can occupy next to windsurfing. Here at Challenger, we can.
Whilst windsurfing remains Challenger’s core discipline there’s no question wing foiling is a point of interest. Hence the well received range of Ikaroz wings in the range. At Challenger Sails UK we’re looking on with interest as winging continues to evolve. We’re only too happy to play a part in that evolutionary process.
Championship winning products = the best gear, the best experience.
You may be aware that Challenger Sails’ international rider Maciek Rutkowski took the PWA Slalom title in 2022. This kind of thing doesn’t just happen overnight. A lot of hard work was poured into Maciek’s sail designs by Claudio and getting him on the podium. Dedication, blood, sweat and tears; the age old formula.
For the everyday windsurfer this trickles down to the products we use. Quality materials, innovations born of pushing the limits and manufacturing process allowing for ore refinement gives much better, on tap, performance. Ultimately, you end up with better equipment and therefore a better overall experience.
But all of the above comes with great value – at least from Challenger Sails UK point of view. We’re not out to charge the Earth for our windsurfing gear. Yes the kit costs but we feel Challenger Sails products are priced fairly and you get the maximum bang for buck.
Challenger Sails UK, as we said above, is in it for the long haul. And if you can see what we’re trying to and buy into our ethos then we’d love to hear from you. Even if you just want to talk windsurfing and kit. No hard sell here…
But if you do decide to part with your hard earned readies for any Challenger Sails product we guarantee you’ll be smiling a mile wide. Get in touch with us to see how we can help you maximise your windsurfing and wingsurfing fun. You won’t be sorry…