Norway / Windsurf, Founder of StarBoard
Svein is a Norwegian windsurfer born in 1963 in Arendal. He starts windsurfing in 1978 and wins the Mistral Worlds in 1983. In 1991, he becomes the first sailor to win in all disciplines of the IFCA Production Class Worlds. In 1993, Svein retires from competition and starts his own windsurfing company. After meeting with Jean-Louis Colmas, a shaper from New Caledonia who, at that time, is the only one to use wood to build windsurf boards, Svein founds Starboard in 1993 in Thailand where it still settles today. Starboard is a pioneer in the field of stand up paddle boards and leader on this market over 20 years now. Aware of the impact of its production on the planet, Svein recognizes early that it is imperative for his company to reduce its CO2 emissions. Invested in the blue Carbone initiative, he launches years ago an operation to replant mangroves in Thailand to cover the total emissions affecting its own products and services (nearly 71,000 000 kg). The Blue Carbon Initiative currently focuses on carbon in coastal ecosystems which sequester and store large quantities of blue carbon in both the plants and the sediment below. The Blue Carbon Initiative works to protect and restore coastal ecosystems for their role in reducing impacts of global climate change.