Featured Sailor of the Week: Hans Henken

Hans grew up in a small surf town called San Clemente where he learned to love the water. He spent the majority of his time at the beach either surfing, skim boarding, or body surfing and when there weren’t any waves to catch, you could find him charging down hills on this skateboard. He started sailing at a young age, and by the time he turned 14, he was ready to jump to the next level. He moved to San Diego and from there on, sailed into bigger and better things. His love for the water however stayed the same! Check out this video of Hans cruising around Coronado Island! Cruising Coronado

Since learning to sail Sabots, Hans moved on to the 29er, 49er and the International Moth. He has competed at numerous Moth events since 2009 such as the Worlds in Cascade Locks Oregon where he was named the International Moth Youth World Champion. Check out Hans teaching you how to foil gybe on an International Moth: Foiling Gybe

Hans is currently studying at Stanford University with Oliver Toole and Kevin Laube and is majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He is also enjoying sailing for Stanford’s Varsity Sailing Team.

Sailing Resume Highlights:

3rd at 2011 49er US National Championships
4th at 2011 29er European Championships
1st at 2011 29er German National Championships
1st at 2011 Kieler Woche (29erXX)
1st at 2008 US Youth Championships (29er)
3rd at 2008 ISAF Youth World Championship (29er)