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In 1979 the 23-year-old Italian Claudio Brunotti travelled to the Netherlands and settled in Scheveningen, a village on the Dutch coast. The region is not well known because of its beautiful blue ocean, but for its perfect conditions for windsurfing with its fierce wind and waves. This is the place where Claudio started windsurfing. He was so captivated by his newfound hobby that he also began to shape his own windsurf boards in his workshop.As an Italian fashion played an important role in his life. He wanted to look good, on shore and in the water. The surfboards at this time with its plain white colour were in his opinion pretty boring. He started designing and shaping boards, which were outstanding at that time because of the bright colours and prints Claudio used.Not only the design, but also the quality of Claudio's boards were unique. The passionate Italian focussed on perfection and details in every aspect of his actions.

Jinne Sietsma

The 17 years old windsurfer Jinne Sietsma started at Claudio's workshop to learn the trade and art of board shaping. Claudio was a perfectionist, so first Jinne was only able to watch and to wipe the floor. After some time Claudio let him also do some shaping. Although Jinne was a real board shaping talent Claudio let him at first only shape the bottom of the board, as the top part is very specific. With times Jinne gained more and more of Claudio's trust. When Claudio decided to withdraw from his business he assigned his board-shaping workshop to Jinne. Until today Jinne Sietsma is still in charge of the workshop in Scheveningen, which functions as the R&D department of the Brunotti boards. The place is nearly looking the same as 35 years ago, when Claudio started his business and could even function as a museum of Brunotti's history. Despite of this it's also a place where innovations for the surf business are taking place. You can say that Scheveningen is truly a place that stands for the heritage and innovations of Brunotti.

Jinne Sietsma Signature

Peter Thommen

Thousands of boards shaped by his hands and hundreds of podiums using his boards, so one can safely call him the “World Champion of Shape”. Just don’t let titles mislead you: Peter’s designs are not exclusively for Pros. Windsurfers of all levels can enjoy the thrill of sailing a real Brunotti shaped by Peter Thommen.

Swiss-born Peter Thommen started shaping and building boards in his backyard shed in 1979… First for himself and friends, but soon, under the label Streamline, for customers too. A frequent traveler, his talents were quickly recognized within the emerging windsurfing industry. Giving up his ‘regular’ job as a journalist, he followed the call to head the R&D shop of market leader HiFly on Lake Garda, Italy, in 1982. Three years later he joined up-and-coming F2. This collaboration lasted for 17 years and, without doubt, left a mark in windsurfing history: With no less than twelve consecutive Overall World Cup titles by Bjorn Dunkerbeck and multiple world titles by other athletes like Jutta Muller, Karin Jaggi, Britt Dunkerbeck or Jason Polakow and Josh Stone, just to name a few, Thommen shapes ruled the professional windsurfing scene and some of his iconoclastic designs became some of the bestselling boards worldwide. Always at the pulse of the rider’s and the public’s demand, Peter’s involvement was also crucial in the launch of JP-Australia: Shaped and designed by Peter, the young brand’s first product range introduced a whole new level of quality and performance upon which the industry is still building today. Today, Peter’s desire to always offer the best possible board to each and every customer is yet again changing the course of the industry with the initiative to make highly personalized made-to-order boards available not only to a few professional sailors but to everyone. The company’s custom-made heritage makes Brunotti the obvious partner for Peter’s new and exciting endeavor.

Peter Thommen Signature
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