years professional windsurfboard builder
Dinnis is not only one of the most recognized shapers worldwide,
he has also a reputation of being one of New Zealand's top wavesailors
as well as course racing specialists which he has proven by winning
the 2001 Course Racing Nationals. His own sailing and craftmanship
ability are the cornerstone of the superior performance of his own
shapes, giving him a superior understanding of what works and what
doesn't work, making Carbon Art a much more efficient board building
and testing facility in comparison to most shapers who need to rely
on feedback from other sailors, who may have very varied abilities
on testing a board and providing precise feedback.
is James' story firsthand:
"I first tried windsurfing back in 1981 in the UK where I grew
up. For the last 20 years, windsurfing has been at the center of my
life. I came to NZ in 1989 and pretty much ended up staying, except
between '92 and '95 when I based myself on Maui shaping and building
boards for some of the leading world cup sailors. This was an amazing
experience where I learnt what it takes to make that magic winning
board. In 1995 Carbon Art was born and for the next few years I travelled
between Maui and NZ to further develop and test my board ranges. Carbon
Art is based in Taranaki, New Zealand's wind and wave mecca which
gives me the oppourtunity to sail, test and improve board designs
on a year round basis."
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