In 1990, Fabien Vollenweider flew to Maui from Marseilles. He was a young French windsurfer with the dream of shaping boards. A year later, in March 1991, that windsurfer, Fabien Vollenweider, shaped the first Tabou board.
24 years later, that same board—a custom, asymmetric made for Ho’okipa—hangs over the Tabou shaping room in Marseilles. Below that board, Fabien still designs every Tabou board.
Tabou is no longer a small company, and alongside R&D manager Cedric Bordes, Fabien shapes boards for every rider and all conditions of windsurfing. The Tabou team includes some of the best windsurfers in the world, and they work with Fabien to develop new concepts and designs. Fabien’s innovations helped team rider Thomas Traversa win the 2015 PWA Wave world title.
One thing has not changed over past 2 decades: Fabien’s passion for windsurfing. Fabien designs and tests new boards from Monday to Sunday. The goal: “not just better, but different.”
After Fabien designs a new board, the prototypes go to the team for testing under the management of Cedric Bordes. Meanwhile, Axel Weckermann creates the artwork for the boards. Nothing goes into production until the team is completely happy.
The design process works in two-year cycles. This means that every shape is tried and tested for at least 2 years before being released to the public, guaranteeing that when any windsurfer (pro or normal) sets foot on a Tabou, he will feel the difference no matter who he is.
Every board responds to what the rider wants. And Tabou makes boards for every rider—from a full-time professional to a kid just learning. And, the use of high-tech materials means that the boards will last long no matter where you windsurf.
We invite you to join our tribe, a group of motivated warriors chasing the wind!