Interview with Jonas Ceballos:
What made you decide to visit these spots?
I decided to visit these spots because I had seen plenty of good things about them in pictures and videos that made me really want to go and sail there. The good thing was also that we were three good sailors and two good cameramen, the idea to make a new windsurf DVD was just the perfect excuse to go.
Can you describe the trip?
The trip was just perfect, we could sail almost every day and we had great weather. We were living just in front of the spot of Matanzas , at night you cold hear the wave breaking from the room, by daytime we had the best view ever. A really good thing to me was that the local people were super friendly and the food was really good and cheap. When you can enjoy all this with your friends it is just the perfect trip.
Most memorable moment?
When we arrived one day at Topocalma and the waves were logo to mast high, breaking from the point all the way to the beach. We were just jumping on the beach, shouting and laughing, all super excited to go sailing. A great day!
Move of the trip?
I would say frontside-360.
Wipeout of the trip?
I had a couple haha. The most heavy one was in Matanzas. It was big that day. I remember I went to hit the lip on a mast high set but I was already too late... I just tried to turn but the lip came all over me. The wave hit me so bad that I literally flew away. It was amazing and super funny.
Best thing about the trip?
The place was super constant.
Worst thing about the trip?
The spots are too far away from each other, we had to drive for hours to get from one spot to the next.
What were you looking to achieve on this trip?
Just get good footage and have fun together with my friends Alex Mussolini and Thomas Traversa. We had the ‘umi’ guys with us – two good cameramen Brendan Pyatt and Carsten Naumann, with the idea to show good windsurfing to windsurfers.
What planning went into the trip?
During Tiree Brendan and Alex were making plans for filming for the upcoming ‘umi’ windsurfing DVD, we all had some free time and Chile is good at this time of year. So we said ‘cool, lets go!’ Personally, visiting Chile had been on my agenda for a long time so I killed two birds with one stone.
What were the conditions at the various beaches?
Matanzas is a big and powerful lefthander. Super fast and hollow. The conditions there were mostly sideshore, to side-on. A very good place to learn to ride waves on a high level.
Upwind of Matanzas is Papuya, this spot is more like Pozo on Gran Canaria. It was good for jumping and onshore wave riding, with wave up to two meters. The wind was not very strong, but it was good fun.
The last spot we sailed at is Topocalma. This spot is amazing: a super long lefthander which can get big but is not dangerous. The wind was mostly side-off. The strange thing was that in the morning we had to use big sails like a 4.7, and as soon as it was 1 pm it usually started to blow like hell, totally changing the spot and forcing us to rig our 3.7 sails! For me this spot was the best moment in early morning around 10 am.
Describe the kit you used; Board, Sail & Fin?
Most of the time I used my 4.7 and 75 liter board with a 21,5cm MFC fin. In the strong winds I normally changed to my 4.2 or smaller with my 68 liter board with a 21cm MFC fin for big waves and a 20.5cm version for smaller waves.