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María Andrés


María Andrés

Date of Birth:

11.08.1983

Homespot:

La Barrosa, Spain

Disciplines:

Wave, Slalom and a little bit of Freestyle

Board Setup:

Falcon TE, Quad TE & Skate TE


About:

I am from Cádiz, in the South of Spain. I’ve been always by the sea, watching my brothers and dad windsurfing, surfing or diving. I’ve been windsurfing with them on their boards since I was a baby. And since I was 8, I started to do water sports. I liked all kinds, and did windsurfing in a high level competition since I was 14.
I’ve been competing pretty much in all windsurfing disciplines. From Olympic class to Waves, including, Formula and Slalom. I never competed in Freestyle, but I love it too. Every discipline makes you happy in a different way, but waveriding is my real passion. It is a combination of components in the nature between wind direction, swell direction and coast shape that works at some places in a way that we windsurfers, with a sail and a board, can enjoy it like anyone else! I find it not only the best ever, but something kind of magic!
I competed in 2014 in the Aloha Classic and I finished 6th, I was stoked as this is not my competing discipline, but to me, waves feel like are made to enjoy in freedom… If I can do the Aloha Classic in 2016, I will for sure do it! It is awesome to share this moments in big waves with all the girls ripping around!
Even though my passion is waveriding, I enjoy so much the Slalom Racing. All girls full speed fighting tight for the first position! It is a powerful and a real battle, and it make you get so much adrenaline! I am now putting more than ever all my power and energy in my 2016 slalom season!

Height:

172 cm

Weight:

61 kg

Team Fanatic since...

2014

Move you’re most proud of:

My surfing

Worst wipeout:

I had some really painful, and once I twisted my foot and was injured for a while… but I think the worst was last year in Hookipa… I got my 3 fins in my leg and could not walk for few days!

Number one on your bucket list:

I’d love to waveride some of those long wave spots… like in Peru or Baja!

Soundtrack of your life:

1. When I was teenager, Lagwagon – “Making friends”, was motivating me!
2. During my Twenties, Pink Floyd – “High hopes” was my every morning song.
3. Now I really enjoy The Do – “Dust it off”

I love…

...being happy and sharing my happiness.

I’m only waiting for…

...not waiting for anything, I am just enjoying the way!

If you could be an animal, what would it be?

A surfer dolphin! Haha!

If you could choose a superpower, what would it be?

Learn super quick!!!

What’s your favorite board in the Fanatic Range and which size do you ride?

For Slalom I love my 90l Falcon with the 6,3 Warp! It feels easy to handle and it's super fast!
For waveriding, my choice is the Quad 75. I really like it! With the Hero 4,2 it's a perfect combo!

Any specific tips for the settings for girls?

In Slalom.. I think the light wind board for girls is the 112, together with the 7,7. A 38/39 carbon fin should be enough. I don’t use the foot straps all the way to the back.
And for the medium and small board (99 and 90), if it is choppy or difficult conditions, I recommend a G10 fin. And try to find the good position of the mast track, it can make it so much easier and faster!

On my Quad I use K4 fins, they are very soft and I like this combo a lot.

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Best results

  • 2016

    5th IFCA World Champ 2016

  • 2015

    IFCA Vice World Champ 2015

    7th PWA World Cup Ulsan 2015

  • 2014

    4th Slalom PWA overall

    4th Slalom PWA Worldcup Noumea

    6th Wave PWA Maui Aloha Classic

    5th PWA Turkmenistan, Slalom, 2014

    3rd IFCA Worlds Açores, Slalom, 2014

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