PWA Board

PWA Vice President

Phil McGain 

Original and former PWA Chairman. Former Course Racing PBA World Champion. Working to help all aspects of windsurfing. Still Actively racing. see ya on the water!

PWA Chairman

Jimmy Diaz

Jimmy Diaz follows in the footsteps of former chairman Phil McGain, who has held the position for twelve years. Newly elected chairman Jimmy Diaz has been windsurfing since the age of twelve and competed in his first professional event four years later. While getting his university degree in electrical engineering, Diaz competed in the 1992 Olympics for the Virgin Islands. After university Diaz returned to his passion for racing and has been competing on the PWA tour ever since. Diaz has been very involved in the development process at several windsurfing companies, most currently as head of development at a major sail brand. Having seen the PWA go through a fair amount of changes as a competitor Diaz is now eager to contribute to its existence and success in his new role as PWA chairman; “I believe these are very exciting times for the PWA. There is a lot of energy and thought being put into developing a stronger, healthier tour which will help in the growth and promotion of our great sport on all levels. I look forward to working together with the media, event organizers, and other associations to bring about the necessary changes to accomplish this. I would like to thank Phil McGain for his undying dedication to the sport and the many years he invested for the good of the PWA and windsurfing in general.”

PWA Board Member

Svein Rasmussen

Born 5.6 1963 in Norway.
10 years on the PWA tour,
Previous sailors representative on the PWA board.
12 years as Managing director of Starboard and Severne sails.
Participant in the first Olympic games of windsurfing in Los Angeles, 1984.
4 times World champion in windsurfing.

PWA Board Member

Craig Gertenbach

Fanatic Windsurfing Industry Representative to the PWA. I am the brand manager for Fanatic, have been with the brand since 1995 as PWA racer, then later as tester and finally in the office working in Marketing, product management, sales and brand management since 2000. I work closely with our shaper and team riders on the R&D of the boards, testing almost all final protos with the team. So I know the complete business of our company and industry from a few different perspectives, which helps and keeps it interesting.

I am really looking forward to working together with the rest of the Management board on promoting the PWA and our sport. I believe the PWA is actually in a really good position at the moment, with a lot of potential to grow the number of events. Hopefully the industry, media and riders can work together to keep growing the Tour for the benefit of the sport.

PWA Board Member

Iballa Moreno Ruano

2012 World Champion PWA Wave
Ranked 2nd PWA World Tour Wave 2010
Ranked 6th PWA World Tour Freestyle 2009
Ranked 2nd PWA World Tour Wave 2009
Ranked 2nd PWA World Tour Wave 2008, 5th Freestyle, 6th Slalom
2006 PWA Rankings: Wave World Champion Freestyle:4th

Sponsors: Severne Sails, Starboard, Roxy, VW, Dwarf8

PWA Board Member

Klaas Voget

I was born 1979 in Aurich, northern Germany. In 1992 me & my two brothers had our first touch with windsurfing.

At the age of fifteen i joined the first competitions & it was going good.
1998 was the first year of the German tour DWC, 2000 my first pwa worldcup on Sylt.
1998-2000 i was living on the island Norderney (best german wavespot), from 2000

PWA Board Member

Martin Brandner

EDUCATION: mechnical engineer, studied marketing in the USA, WINDSURFING: started in 1982, worked as instructor in 1988 and 1989, BUSINESS EXPERIENCE: 4 years as marketing manager for industrial company, 10 years as marketing manager of F2 International, brand manager of JP Australia since 2000, 10 years on the PWA MANAGEMENT BOARD. Biggest achievement: suggested and established Freestyle on the PWA Tour

PWA Board Member

Robby Swift

Started in 1987, at the age of 3. My dad was the one who got me into windsurfing, he was pretty keen himself, and that was why he named me after his idol Robby Naish. I have always looked up to all the windsurfers on the world tour, and making a living from windsurfing, as it has always been the way I wanted to spend my life.

Now I still look up to the guys at the top of the world, and the ones who sail with incredible style. My main ambition in life is to live it to the full, and win a world title, and hopefully inspire a lot of kids like myself to go out there and get into a sport that they love.