Max Matissek - Pic by Tom Brendt
Yoli de Brendt - Pic by Tom Brendt
Adrian Beholz - Pic by Tom Brendt
Yarden Meir - Pic by JC/PWA
Tom Brendt - Pic by Yoli de Brendt
We are only one day away from the start of the Freestyle World Cup on Fuerteventura. Fanatic´s Tom Brendt is there already since a while and had a talk to our riders Yoli de Brendt, Adrian Beholz, Yarden Meir and Max Matissek. Read here what they have to say!
Yoli de Brendt (V-26):
For the Freestyle ladies the Fuerteventura World Cup is the first event in 2012. Nervous?
Yes, as every year I get nervous already weeks before the events and so also this year and even more as we had to wait a little longer and unluckily the contests on Bonaire, Aruba and Lanzarote had to be cancelled.
How has your winter been, where did you train?
Well, my winter has been better than the one before, with many many windy days but has never been really strong winds and so I could work on my light wind Freestyle, something I´ve never been really good in and now we will have a possible super strong wind contest.
What are the moves you are working on this season?
I have been training a lot to get all my Moves at both tacks, plus Konos, Toads, Shove It Spocks and some double moves.
How you see your chances to get onto the podium again?
The level of all girls is really really high by now and it needs hard work, full concentration and some luck to get back on the podium but of course it will be my goal again.
How do you think about your competition during the contests?
Like I said, all girls are really really good and I have to do my best to get a good result, but for me anyway is always more important to sail good and show what i am able to do, if this results in a good ranking, even better
The conditions are really hard with super strong winds and waves for your training sessions. That makes your training days harder as expected?
No, actually I spent already so much time in Fuerteventura and in those conditions and I like strong winds much more than the lighter conditions.
What you think about the guys sailing level here and on the tour?
All guys are going crazy and they push the limits more and more and make it harder for us girls to close the gap a bit more but we do our best.
And the girls level?
I think the girls level also got really high, with Goiters, Airflakas, lots of switch Moves and double moves and also more and more air moves, I think we are not doing bad at all....
Adrian Beholz (G-888):
When did you arrive on Fuerteventura to train for this year´s Freestyle World Cup at Sotavento?
I arrived here three weeks ago and have been quite busy getting used to the conditions over here ;-)
The World Cup Spot Sotavento with choppy water, waves, light winds up to stormy wind speeds got quite a big range of conditions to offer. Is that why you came here early and train a lot in those partly pretty difficult Freestyle conditions?
Well, Fuerte is a pretty extreme Spot to sail, above all the Center 1 at Sotavento. It can just be so Choppy and gusty. If you have to perform your moves with windspeeds between 30 and 40 knots and 4,0m² sail just passed limits, you need to practise a bit. But once you get used to the conditions Fuerte can become a pretty varied and demanding playground. If you still don´t know that special "Fuerte Style" you have to get here early and long time before the contest. After I was just holding on to my boom with my fingernails and teeth in the beginning, I start to do my Moves better and better by now;-) Now I got two weeks left to get my level in contest form.
Where did you spent your winter?
First I´ve been in Brazil, then on Bonaire. Afterwards I did a little roundtrip through Sardinia with my girlfriend....
What are your latest, most difficult moves? Which move you are working on at the moment?
Usually I was working hard on the Kabikuchi and Air Bobs and to get all my moves done on both tacks. Here at Fuerte my new priority moves are Backloops and Pushloops....
In Germany you are already well known as a Top Freestyler, while in World Cup Events you were not the luckiest with your seedings. How you see your chances on this year´s tour, where would you see yourself, what are your goals?
You are talking about bad luck in the seedings, well, here at Fuerte that doesn´t really matter as we usually do min. 1 - 2 Double Eliminations and I will always get my chance to do good. At Fuerte the most important will be the conditions, with some nice ramps rolling in the whole thing will be more about JUmps and big Airmoves on the way out. It will be very interesting to see who of all the new young talents wil manage to do good in those conditions and push into the top 16, right behind all the big names.
How you see the level on the Freestyle Tour?
The level is high. At Fuerte I expect five guys to fight for the top four places. Four more who have best chances of top ten rankings and right behind those guys I expect a lot of surprises. At the moment lots of new, young and very talented sailors get into the World Cup business. Not so many times before the Freestyle fleet for the PWA contest was completely full with 48 competitors and with lots of sailors with the realistic goal to go for top 16 to to 20 places.
Who would you say is the favourite for the Fuerteventura and tour victory?
Very clear, Gollito! If it will be a typical Fuerte event, like we love and hate it, nobody will be able to stop him. But if, as many times during the Worldcups, the wind fails and we just get a little breeze, there could be different winners, too. But after his great victory at Podersdorf in light wind conditions he remains the top candidate for the Fuerte titel..
What´s your prefered gear for the Fuerteventura World Cup?
I use my 89 and 99 Skates with 17 or 18 fin and my 4,0m² or 4,4m².
Max Matissek (AUT-97):
Your first Windsurf Sessions at Fuerteventura you´ve had already quite some years ago and certainly you know all the Spots already by heart. You still feel it difficult to get used to the challenging conditions at Sotavento?
That´s correct, the first time I came here is already a while ago. That was together with the Continentseven youth Team at the Young Guns Camp where you have been one of my coaches together with Chris Pressler, but this was already my second time at the Isand.
Altogether it is already my fourth time Fuerteventura now. I could see the center one Spot at Sotavento already in many different ways, it all depends on the tides and wind directions, sometimes it can be very gusty and choppy and it takes a while to get accustomed again.
At the first Freestyle World Cup in 2012 at your homespot Lake Neusiedl you performed very well not only in the Tow In contest. That gave you some extra motivation, an extra push for the next competitions?
Indeed that was a really good moment and gave me a lot of confidence. For the first time I could train throughout the entire winter, so better results at the contests were my goal, but also all the other guys on tour train a lot during the wintertime which did not make it easier to make a step forward. Now I wait and see what the next contests will bring, but my motivation is super high!
Will you do the complete 2012 PWA Freestyle Tour? How you see your chances?
Yes, I will compete at all Stopps this year. My goal is to finish in the Top 25 at the overall 2012 ranking
Who are the competitors impressing you most at the moment on the tour? You got a favorite for the 2012 titel ?
I think it will depend on the conditions during the contests, but in general I think the Top4 of the Podersdorf World Cup could be the Top 4 in the overall rankings in some constellation. If we get some waves in the contests this would favor Gollito and Steven a bit but who might be on top by the end of the season i can´t really tell I´m afraid.
Which new moves are the ones that impress you most, which will be the hardest to learn?
Doubleloops of the chop
How you see future Freestyle moves, more combinations, air moves?
At wavier spots I guess jump moves will become more and more important, on flatwater combinations between slide and air moves like the Spock double Culo (which I saw a couple of days ago on a Davy Scheffers Clip) But I can see the first guys realizing double Freestyle rotations completely in the air. It´s just getting more and more crazy:-)
Yarden Meir (ISR-99):
How has your winter been? Where have you spent your time for training?
At the beginning of this winter I was in Jeri for one and a half month, the rest of I spent in Eilat, my home town.
Your known for your agressive and extreme sailing. On Lanzarote you got injured and still you are recovering. How you see your chances to get on the water before the Fuerteventura World Cup?
I am now in the final stages of healing from my injury. Training on the foot, I really dont know how much time it will take.. But hopefully i will be good for the event.
Is it hard to see all other riders sailing while you have to stay at the beach and recover?
For sureeeee, can´t wait to be in the water again!!!
What are you working on at the moment and how did you hurt yourself at Lanzarote?
At the moment i´m working on getting my foot ok till the competition. I was going for a Pushloop with almost no wind... So I got my ankle spread pretty good hitting the water with the nose first...
Watching the guys on the water, who is or are „THE“ stand out performers so far?
I haven´t spending too much time at the beach. But I saw some good stuff from the Estonian dudes. I heard also Steven was already pulling Doubles here, sick!
Any favourites for the upcoming contest in Sotavento?
Almost all competitors... :-)
Thanx Tom, Yoli, Adrian, Yarden and Max, very interesting stuff. Also Gollito and Laure arrived yesterday for the contest. Good luck to all our Fanatic riders there!!!
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