[part title=”Ricardo’s View”]
Which board? When you sailed with JP you mainly used the Quad, but now with PATRIK there isn’t this option? Will you use a trailer or look to develop a quad?
I love Quads and I’m super used to it, I know Patrik can do whatever I want to do well in competition, I heard the Trailer Wave is an amazing board and I will definitely give it a try and hopefully I like it.
How involved will you be with the development of new products now?
Well I think one of the reasons they hired me is to help 100% on development of the wave equipment.
Will you still concentrate 100% on the PWA wave tour this year? Any thoughts of competing in freestyle again? Or doing anything different?
Yes, my dream and goal is still to become wave world champion! I will do freestyle and slalom here on the PWA Tour in El Yaque! I have been sailing here in El Yaque some Freestyle and I can do a few moves!!! Hopefully the conditions on the PWA here are strong winds with a few waves, these are my favourite.
What made you decide to go with Point7 and PATRIK over any other brands? We understand money for riders is tight, are you still able to concentrate fully on windsurfing?
Well, I knew Andrea for a long time, we were actually room mates in Maui on my first time to Maui when we were both on Pryde Team and he actually was my baby sitter and driver – ajaja – I didn’t have a drivers license! So we spoke about 2 years ago in Sylt but nothing came up because I was basically married to JP/NP so in 2013 in Sylt we spoke again and by that time I was still thinking I was going to stay with JP/NP but already looking for other options, so when I got the bad news from NP I sent him an email and he made every possible move to have me on board! With PATRIK it was basically the same, I wasn’t very close to him but windsurfing world is all like a family and we always said hi and made some jokes, I got in touch with him and then he also was really keen to have me on his team and here I am!
You’ve been at the top of the PWA for years now, so close to many wave world titles. What do you think it will take for you to win it this year? Do you think it’s possible and what are you going to do to make it happen?
If I wouldn’t think it’s possible I wouldn’t be here, I was close but honestly in waves the luck factor has a lot of influence and in 2012 and 2013 I had really bad luck on my wave selections, I will also train harder then ever!! I really want to get this title!