Björn Zedlick

Product Designer & Team Rider

Hometown. Hamburg, Germany

Home spot. Klitmøller, Denmark

Sponsors. Goya Windsurfing, KT Surfing, Quatro Sup, Quatro Windsurfing

A few words about yourself. I’ve had the honor of working for Goya since 2007, designing the look of all products, graphics and communication. I spend most of my year in Europe and come to Hawaii for the winter to recharge batteries, create the look for the upcoming season and spend time with the gang.

What makes your ride? The way people smile when you pass them by after they’ve just jibed into a promising wave, and also the seconds it takes to carve a long bottom turn into a big face and release all that momentum in one single tweaked move somewhere further upstairs.

How much do you love to windsurf? Enough to burn many gallons of unleaded and kerosene every year to get to where it’s going off. And enough to somewhat suppress that shame, when it matters.

What is your most memorable session? One that does stick in my head was in November 2009 when I was out with Stephan and my Dad in Uppers Kanaha on an epic day. Somewhere along the way I had a wave eat me alive and had the sleeve being pulled over the back of my hand, where now I have a gorgeous scar that reminds me of that wonderful session. The definition of memorable.

What inspires you? Friends. Positive attitude. Confidence. People who are themselves. Good music. And of course a gazillion websites and magazines or simply walking the steets of a new city.

Describe your quiver and the range of conditions you use it on. I’m blessed. I don’t own any gear. I am given and take whatever new products we create and the conditions require. I am in love with the whole bigger board, smaller sail idea though, but who is not?

What does riding for Goya mean to you? Forgiving and stylish gear that allows me to feel the confidence to pull off what seemed out of reach before. And being proud to be part of an honest brand with honest people. Thank you Francisco, Keith, Lalo, Jason, everyone…

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