Sarah-Quita Offringa has a very impressive CV. She has just won her fourth PWA Freestyle title. Since 2006, she has only come first or second. To add to this, she is also currently ranked first in slalom and finished third last year. She is 20 years old.
Boardseeker Magazine caught up with her following her great performance in Fuerte that sealed the deal.
Congratulations on your title win – an amazing all-round performance. Do you find it works well competing in both slalom and freestyle?
Thank you very much! Well it’s good that the competitions are separated from each other so you can fully concentrate on one discipline for the duration of the event. But it is hard to keep your level high in both disciplines because if you don’t train, for instance, in freestyle for a while the others will progress more than you do. The same thing happens with slalom, so in that sense it’s hard to combine the two disciplines.
Do you do a lot of training for both? Which do you train for more?
Usually when I get the chance I’ll go and freestyle. I prefer to go slalom sailing with a buddy – it’s a little bit boring by yourself. However, sometimes I need some time off from freestyle and then I love blasting across the water on my slalom kit!
Do you train with anything other than windsurfing?
When I used to live in Aruba I used to do several sports every week but the most important ones were tennis and swimming. Swimming helped me the most with my conditioning and fitness. If I went to my swimming training regularly, I could sail for hours. When I didn’t swim, I’d be pooped after just an hour and a half sailing. Now that I live in Holland I haven’t found anything yet to replace the other sports but I do go jogging once in a while.
What are you planning to do over the off-season?
This is going to be my second year studying in Holland. Beside that, I hope to get as much time on the water here as possible and try to get my wave sailing level up.
Women’s freestyle has come a long way in the past few years. What do you think of the new power moves and do you find them as easy to learn as the slidier stuff?
I love ‘em! They make freestyle look so explosive! Training and actually landing these moves is another story though – they are quite hard! These moves have frustrated me quite a bit actually hahaha. But I can finally land burners quite consistently and I land culos here and there. The next step is to land these consistently and then going for the combination moves.
How old were you when you landed your first spock?
I was 11 when I landed my first Vulcan and I landed my first spock when I was 12. Which I think was quite cool when you compare the equipment of then and now. I was sailing an 85l f2 air and a 4.2 Manic.
Do you ever sail waves / would you ever enter a competition?
I could never go wave sailing in Aruba because it’s perfectly flat there. The only time I get to wave sail is during the Starboard photo shoot in Hawaii and I love it! I have competed in Pozo and Sylt but I really need to get more experience.
What are your professional goals moving forward?
I just want to see windsurfing grow again and especially try to motivate more women to come into the sport and compete.
What advice could you give to other women hoping to follow in your footsteps?
Practice makes perfect! Make sure you enjoy what you’re doing though and don’t force it. If you are thinking about competing on the PWA – JOIN US ! You’ll have a good time – guaranteed – and it’s definitely the best experience you can get having the best people in the world sailing around you
Sarah-Quita is sponsored by Starboard, Gaastra and Mystic
Photos: PWA / John Carter