Laird Hamilton is set join Puma Ocean Racing Team powered by BERG honorary and will be the 12th crew member at the even in Alicante, Spain, which is scheduled on November 4th to 5th ,on Friday and Saturday, for the kick of Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012.
Hamilton on Friday will participate in free stand up paddle boarding demonstrations, and Saturday will join the PUMA’s crew for the first leg start, diving of the boat as they head towards Cape Town’s next port in South Africa.
Hamilton, a professional surfer, and PUMA introduced the PUMA/Liard stand up paddle board in June, a limited edition carbon fiber made stand up paddle board. The board features the same features as the Volvo 70 boat design both ergonomically and light weight, the yacht is set to participate in around the world in nine months Volvo Ocean Race. Hamilton and Juan Kouyoumdjian are the standup paddle board manufacturers, who created the unique stand up paddle board.
Juan K is the master mind after PUMA’s Mar Mostro and also the designer of the previous two victorious Volvo Ocean Race boats Ericsson 4 and ABM AMBRO. Juan K is also the key designer of boats for Artemis Racing Team for the 34th Americas event.
Juan was born in Buenos Aires in Argentina, his inspiration to study naval culture was due to his passion for sailing and attained a degree in small craft and yacht design. Today, his firm Juan Yacht Design, Valencia based, is composed of a diverse team that is specialized in designing high performance racing yachts and is also a well-known stand up paddle board manufacturer.
Made in the U.S. by Clear Carbon and Components, the paddle board marks the first design innovation used in stand-up paddleboards. Selected retailers will be selling these stand up paddle boards from them alongside other selected stand up paddle board manufacturers starting January next year.