Ricardo Campello Changing Discipline
is one of the most radical windsurfers to have ever hit the scene. Having been three times PWA Freestyle World Champion and twice PWA Vice Wave World Champion, there is really only one more goal left for him. The guy knows no boundaries, having tried the triple forward loop a number of times and often seen throwing himself into radical doubles. The question is, will he have stepped it up enough this winter, to be ready for what is bound to be a breathtaking 2012 season?
Size: 178 cm
Weight: 82 kg
Results: Freestyle World Champion 2003, 2004, 2005, Wave Vice-World Champion 2010, Wave World Cup Gran Canaria 2010 3rd, Wave World Cup Klitmöller 2010 3rd, Wave World Cup Gran Canaria 2011 4th, Wave World Cup Teneriffa 2011 6th, Wave World Cup Klitmöller 2nd, Wave Vice-World Champion 2011
Ricardo Campello grew up in the perfect training spot of El Yaque, with warm temperatures all year long, good wind, choppy water and some of the world’s best freestyle pros. In the end however, as lots of professionals say, it’s his outstanding talent that lead him into the career he has so successfully had. Perhaps he is amongst the greatest talents of all riders on the PWA, which resulted in him becoming a three-times PWA Freestyle World Champion between the years of 2003 to 2005.
The 26 year old surfer is generally the more reserved type but on the water he seems to explode, numerous freestyle moves, like the Shaka, Pippa and Chachoo were first landed by him. Ricardo, whose mother runs a restaurant in El Yaque, sails incredibly well on sails greater than five metres, but when he grabs the smaller sizes, his powerful style made him stand out from the crowds. His training intensity was perhaps more ‘Caribbean-like’, heading out on to the water for around two hours a day at his home spot. In this respect, his switch from freestyle to waves is even more surprising because he still has his primary residence in El Yaque. Waves at Isla Margherita? None. His home island is not in any way a good spot for waves. His teammate Jason Polakow brings it straight to the point by saying ‘if Ricardo would someday come to Maui for a whole winter, he would make huge progress in wave riding’.
Just three years ago in 2009, he fully switched from freestyle to waves, by 2010 he was PWA Vice-World Wave Champion and in 2011 he held this title. So what will 2012 bring for him…
AR: Was there a turning point that led you to start wave-sailing?
RC: When I started, I was always looking up to the wave guys. The waves was what I was aiming for because its super spectacular and for me it IS the elite of windsurfing!
AR: To go in two directions (freestyle and wave) at the same time was hard for you in the past?
RC: Yes it is hard because you cant really focus 100 % on one discipline. Its hard but not impossible! I was actually pretty over freestyle, I didn’t enjoy competing anymore just free sailing was enough for me.
AR: From the economic point of view did the change to the wave discipline bring any disadvantages?
RC: I had a little bit less money from my sponsor but on the other side I spent less because I didnt have to go to the freestyle events!
AR: Beside from a few invented freestyle tricks you are recently working on some new jumps?
RC: Yes there are always some in my mind to try but I already made a lot of wave tricks as well!
AR: El Yaque is your origin; you spend half your year away. Do you go windsurfing when you are at home?
RC: If the wind is good and my friends are sailing yes! I also go slalom sailing a lot when Im there because I take part in the National race series!
AR: How often do you get the opportunity to train in the waves and how does your preparation for the upcoming season look?
RC: I go sailing as much as I can, I spend a lot of time in Maui and last year I went to Cabo Verde and Indonesia (for our DVD Minds wide open) and Im preparing myself as much as I can.
AR: Still about the jumps. Your sponsors JP and Neil Pryde offered a bonus of 10.000Euro for the first ever triple-loop in a competition. When will we see it?
RC: Well I already tried it three times in the last three years and I was close but last year I was not confident so I preferred not to try, just when I feel comfortable! Maybe this year. Lets see.
AR: Going into the wave discipline you need to be prepared. What are your goals for this year?
RC: Of course in every sport you need to be prepared and test everything because every day it can be different! My goal is to become wave world champion!