Next up in our Spotlight series is our young Wave talent Noah Vocker! Noah competed succesfully in the PWA Youth discipline in the last years and now he will start in the main discipline. He knows what he wants and is training hard for his goals. Read more herafter!
Let’s rewind to the start of 2017 – how are you looking back on the season?
Yes, I’ve had a pretty good season this year, even though I could not get a good result in the main fleet, I had the good chance to compete my last year on the U18 youth division. On that side, I’m pretty stoke as I won both stops. So overall, I think the season wasn’t that bad for me.
Highs and Lows?
The best was for sure battling with all the young guys of my age and competing with them! Lows – for sure my first heat in the main fleet (PWA Pozo Izquierdo). I think I got a bit too nervous and couldn’t show what I’m really capable of… But I did fight back on Tenerife by advancing one round! But I’m sure that it made me learn even more for the seasons ahead and for sure I will get more consistent.
Did you do anything different in terms of training and did it make a difference?
I had a lot of good sessions last winter, plus I did some physical training and lots of surfing!
What is your favourite board in your portfolio you would never toss?
Right now, the Grip 89l is my number one trusty board. I love it, even when I’m maxed out on my 4.0, it’s still easy to handle.
Who do you look up to and why for inspiration in windsurfing and outside of the sport?
My number one inspiration for sure is Victor Fernandez, he puts so much dedication into his work, it´s incredible! Such a humble, fun and great person, I think that is what makes him such a good athlete.
What advice would you give to young groms looking to follow in your footsteps?
Keep on working on your dreams, because if you want something, you will get it!
Who do you credit as part of your success?
For sure my number one credit is for my parents – since the very beginning they always helped me with everything, I’m so thankful. Also without my sponsors, I wouldn’t be here right now, so big up to them too!!
Where do you see your future in the sport/immediate and long term plans?
My goal is for sure to get into the top 15-10 in the next few years, it’s a hard work, but I’m motivated and ready for everything!
Funniest moment on tour from 2017?
Being on tour is always so much fun, but I think the funniest moment on tour was when the Frenchies put a guy in a boardbag and he was stuck in there for 20 minutes – that was for sure the number one!
Turns or airs?
Turns – it’s so hard to make a perfect rail to rail turn, so I prefer airs!
Home or Hawaii?
I haven’t been to Hawaii yet. I love home, but I think once I’ll have been in Maui, I will for sure say Maui…?
Thrusters or Quads?
Thrusters for sure as you can do very short turns and get it very vertical!
High boom or low boom?
I ride it medium low – it’s a matter of what you are used to…
Big winds or big waves?
I prefer big waves, when I’m on my 5.0 Hero, 89l Grip and there are mast high waves and good consistent wind in the wave, that´s my favourite conditions!
What do you expect from your winter training and what skills do you want to improve?
This winter I decided to go to Cape Town with my good friend and trainings partner Alexandre Grand Guillot. I improved a lot there and I’m super happy with what I learned – new moves but I also improved a lot my waveriding, which I is most important! Now I would like to continue improving my double forwards and my wave moves, goyters, 360’s…
Finally, what are you looking forward to in 2018?
I’m looking forward to do the PWA world tour and prove myself and continue improving till I get up there!
See you on the water!
More about Noah: http://www.fanatic.com/de/team/noah-voecker-roche/