“You Need to Respect the Sea, Not Fear It”

Words of wisdom from 31-year old Ivan Pastor, a member of the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation.  Timberland is proud to be the official sponsor of Ivan and his teammates, as they set their sights on summer in London.

Ivan Pastor

We recently caught up with Ivan on dry land and learned a little more about this world-champion sailor:

Started young: Ivan started sailing when he was just 8 years old.

Not superstitious: He doesn’t follow any sort of pre-competition “good luck” ritual, but he does like to take his time getting his equipment ready.

Pretty passionate about the water: If he weren’t a sailor, Ivan would be a professional surfer.

Has a favorite sailing spot: He loves the Isle of the Pines in New Caledonia  – an incredible place to sail.

Appreciates good grip: This is the most important feature in footwear for sailing, according to Ivan.  Good thing he’s wearing our Formentor boat shoes with Gripstick rubber!

Has no fear: When asked for a story about a time when he was scared at sea, Ivan says, I have some anecdotes, but none about being scared.  You need to respect the sea, not fear it.”

Respecting the sea seems to be paying off for Ivan and his Spanish Sailing Federation teammates; they’re having an incredible season, and we’re proud to be a part of it.  Stay tuned for progress updates as the team sails toward London!

If you think Ivan’s an interesting guy, you might also like to learn more about his teammates on our men’s site.  And if you appreciate good grip as much as our Spanish sailors do, check out our entire collection of Formentor boat shoes.

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