Interview with Loick Spicher
At just his second event ever on the PWA World Tour Loick Spicher turned quite a few heads with his 17th place finish. However, his sailing is what left the judges suitable impressed. Launching into some of the hardest moves with incredible height, he has an amazing repertoire under his belt. This is why we chose him as our Boardseeker rider of the month and because we are sure he is one to watch in the next years.
Name: Loick Spicher
Date of birth: 29/06/1992
First year you windsurfed: 1998
First year you landed a freestyle move: Vulcan in 2005
First competition: JP Young Guns in Prasonisi, 2006 – Came 1st 😉
Best result: 17th PWA Podersdorf
Favourite move: Skopu
Favourite kit setup: 4.2 Neilpryde Fly and 88 JP Freestyle
BS: How many PWA events have you done now and what was your first?
LS: Just two, my first was 2011 PWA Fuerteventura and now this event just gone, PWA Podersdorf.
BS: How did you feel about both the competitions?
LS: Since Fuerte I have become a lot more confident and the experience has helped a lot. I enjoy competing; I feel confident now and am happy going for my bigger moves in a heat. The competitions themselves, in Fuerte I was nervous but I just focused hard to get over the nervousness and block it out. I still felt nervous here but I have built up a good routine and it reduces the stress and helps it all become a bit more bearable.
Also these competitions are really giving me a lot of motivation for the future, all I want to do now is train harder to become even better. I set my goals over years not just the next event.
BS: You had a solid opening heat at PWA Podersdorf against UK sailor Phil Richards, tell us a bit more?
LS: Yeh on Starboard tack I got a skopu, kono, e-slider one handed and a funnel. On port tack I landed a shaka, a one handed shaka, flaka, no handed flaka. I was super stoked about this heat, it gave me a lot of confidence for the rest of the competition and helped me push through two more heats. The one against Davy Scheffers I actually lost but it was quite close actually. Then I had Chico, it was a sick heat, again I landed every move I wanted, despite the light winds.
BS: So you must have had a good winters training, where were you?
LS: First I was in Brazil for one month during October/November, then back to school for one month, then away to Egypt for one month during Dec/Jan, then school one month, then Feb/March I was in Cape Town. I have to balance out my studies with travelling so I always take one month off and then one month back to school. I’m even working at events like PWA Podersdorf so I don’t get too behind.
Now I am back to Switzerland for a bit but we go to the south of France every weekend to practice, sometime Lake Garda and other times Monteynard, depending on forecast. If I get a bit more time then maybe one week some other place in May/June. Then I spend my entire summer in Fuerte.
BS: Do you sail at home much?
LS: Not really the wind is so rare, for example this year I sailed only two times.
BS: So how did you get into freestyle?
LS: With my parents, they took us to greece all summer long in a camper van and in 2004 I saw someone doing a vulcan and got completely stoked about the sport and wanted to do the same. The passion really set in when I saw this guy and the real motivation then came from winning my first contest at the JP Young Guns camp in Prasonisi.
BS: How do you manage all the time off then?
LS: I wrote to the sports federation of my home town that I wanted to compete on the world tour and that I needed more time and holidays to travel. They replied back and gave me the highest sports status, which gave me the time to go practice and be away so much.
BS: Do you have any say in the R’n’D process for JP/Pryde?
LS: Not yet but I hope I will do soon.
BS: Who is your favourite sailor to watch?
LS: Dieter and Kiri really motivate me because they both fly so high and that is what I love to do, go out full power and just launch as high as I can into moves. Also because they were so young and competing on the world cup, it’s something I feel I can follow.
How about videos, anything in the pipeline any links to recent videos? Yeh at the end of this summer I will for sure have some sick action from Fuerte. For now here is one I was in with the rest of the Swiss guys from last year (http://vimeo.com/30663873)
BS: Where do you see yourself in five years time?
LS: In the top 10 in the World. Just freestyle for now but maybe waves for fun just to fly a bit higher 😉
BS: Thanks for the interview, any last comments?
LS: Thanks, and thanks to all my family and friends for their support to help me live my dream. See you in the sky 😉