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12/13/2011 - created by Ed Sinclair

Orth on F2 for 2012

Australian slalom racer Jesper Orth waves goodbye to RRD and says hello to F2 for 2012.

Jesper Orth (F2) delivered a great performance during the 2011 season, making him self-known with his consistently exceptional starts to secure his 26th place finish after sailing five out of seven events. We have received the news that Orth will now be representing F2 for 2012 and he will be heavily involved in the development of their slalom boards to make them faster and faster over the coming years.

Here’s what Orth had to say:

“Firstly I have to thank RRD International and the Australian importer / shop 2'nd Wind, for all the support over the last two years. The board range has been great and I can still recommend them for their ease of use that seems to go through the entire ranges of boards in RRD.

Looking ahead, I am very happy to have shaken hands with F2 product manager / shaper Daniel Aberli and signed up with F2 for the 2012 season.  Not only was F2 very supportive for me for doing the PWA slalom events, but also the involvement in the brand, with testing and some development had a very attractive pull factor.

Before I joined F2, I tested the Slalom boards SX range, to be sure and most importantly that the boards will deliver on the racecourse. It did not take me long to recognize the potential, as the performance was unreal. I tested the SX 135, 111 and 91 and straight away I felt at home with dreamlike acceleration, top speed and control. I can’t wait to get the 2012 boards here in Australia so I can tune all the gear up for an exciting 2012 season. 

For the waves, I ordered some Barracuda Quad boards. Not only do they look amazing but they work great on the waves and after talking to PWA wave sailor and F2 team rider Kenneth Danielsen, who finished in sixth place in Klitmoller using those boards, then I’m convinced to have a “Fun & Functional” summer in WA”

There is a great feeling of energy infused into F2 over the last few years and it is evident that a lot of work has been going into “recover” the brand from their battle to been nearly “out of the game” to get back on track in big style. The new whopper of a F2 catalogue with their entire product lines displayed over 111 pages for 2012 is a truly amazing achievement in fairly short time.”

Here is what F2s product manager Daniel Aberli had to say:

WOW, the next step is done. Now we look back to the season 2011 and we had an amazing year! 

And as we look forward to the season 2012, it’s just like dreaming to see how we get back on track more and more. 

Jesper Orth is just so perfect to expand the F2 family. It is not just about the great competition results he will achieve, it is about his knowledge and true passion. He will be one of the most important guys in the racing and R&D team. It is important to me to have people around who I can trust entirely and work with. Jesper is the man and I am more than happy to give him a big welcome to the F2 team! Let’s get it started …

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