We quickly catch up with two of the most chilled and talented guys on the tour…
“I was really happy because it was the first day and I was already in the finals, I was very excited to sail agains the best, at the moment I feel good and happy with the second, I want to go to number one that is my goal and I am going to get it.”
You Go For The Crowd Pleasers!?
“The way I see it, I have a lot of experience in the freestyle disciplines, everybody does the same, so there is one thing you need. It is the crowd and a little bit of style impresses the judges. This suits my personality as well and I can not change it. Sometimes I try to be serious, but I cannot help but smile. I am always happy with it.”
“I see freestyling is getting really complicated, for now a forward is not a lot points compared to a gozado. But I think the crowds need to like the windsurfing, so a basic move like the willy skipper or the forward it is good for everyone. Even if I lose in the judges eye, I like windsurfing to be enjoyed. I like this more, and it is really important for me. “
Favourite Moves ?
“Shaka because the feeling you have that you are on top of your gear and you are floating with the wind. It looks sick in pictures and is a sick body manoeuvre to do.
Chacho Normal. This move is like magic, When you do it, you don’t have the sail anymore then the sail just floats around and you get it. It is the best feeling ever of the day. If you do one a day you are floating.
Stalled Forward Loop. My feeling of explaining is that the jump when you take off first you think of just jumping and floating floating, the feeling when you are in the air wating for the moment to come for the rotate. Wait wait and a speed loop like KABAAA!”
How to make windsurfing bigger ?
“If I am world champion, then it will change windsurfing big time. I believe in this, one man with the right attitude can make a big difference and make it better. Not for me, for everyone. That is what we all want – right! ”
What about in the waves?
“It is my 4th year being professional. Next year I look forward to waves and slalom as well. I may not be at the best but I think I can compete.”
Overall world champion?
“Before I retire I would like to be overall for sure, maybe it is possible. Everything is possible! If Taty can do good in slalom then I can too. I think an overall would be good for sure!”
“If I have a new move I will call it sheebab – (screeem it loud), and the second one I make will be called a CHILLI– a big air flaka.”
Why did you decide to have a go at slalom?
“I have no idea! I just wanted to do it for the fun. I had no idea that I might do good. I just wanted to go fast and have some fun.”
Will you do it more seriously next year ?
“Yeah, ill get a slalom board, some sails, fins and masts and I will do a lot better.”
What is your move right now?
“The ponch double flaka. It is really hard. I just think about when you land the ponch to fall into a spin and keep going round.”
“For sure dude, I would go for it. Slalom, Wave, Freestyle. What is needed is to be an overall world champion. I think at the moment, Me, Ricardo, Tonki, Dioni, Skyboy, Swifty and a few others could really do it, we are talking about it. It would be so good. Smaller guys like Kiri would just be in freestyle.”
So, who is the best?
“Kiri (who is standing nearby) points to Taty “I like his style man”! Taty says I dunno.!! Ha, we are equal! “
Photo Credit: Kerstin Reiger