Born into a family of mountain-dwellers and pelotari (Pelote Basque players), Amaiur Alfaro chose the ocean as his domain, a place to mark both his individuality and his talent. It was in the Socoa bay at Saint Jean de Luz that he discovered sailing at the age of eight, thanks to beginners' courses for children. Ever since, he has made the ocean his playground, as Basque sailors have done throughout this region's history. At 17 he became a sailing instructor. Very quickly he began to excel in local regattas in the Basque Country, and he developed little by little the desire to go out and conquer the oceans. He then went on to compete in all manner of races, leading up to his first competitive Atlantic crossing in 2000 (Transat AG2R). Between 2001 and 2005, he took part in the prestigious race "La Solitaire du Figaro" five times. In 2008 Amaiur met Lalou Roucayrol. For two years, he was tactician for this Medoc-born sailor (ex skipper of the Banque Populaire trimaran) as they competed in multihull trophy races. Together they set off on a quest for the winners' podium at the Transat Jacques Vabre. Mission accomplished in December 2009, as they arrived in Costa Rica in third place. It was almost inevitable that this Basque skipper and Tribord would meet, firstly given that they are 'neighbours' in the port of Hendaye, and mostly because they both invest themselves in sharing their passion with others in its sailing school. Amaïur shares his experience as an ocean skipper with Tribord's design teams throughout the design and development process for the sailboat cruising range, and tests these products under extreme conditions. The partnership we have established with the International Sailing School, which Amaiur directs, also allows us to put our whole range of products to the test in the context of everyday use, from basic to top of the range models.