With locations like Chile and South Africa added to the PWA Wave tour, the competition is wide open with a determined group of sailors chasing down Philip Koester. With the PWA Gran Canaria fast approaching, Boardseeker finds out the vital stats for some of the top title contenders…Who can win in 2013? And can Koester be beaten?
We start with former world champion, Victor Fernandez…Name: Victor Fernandez
Sail No: E42
Where have you been training over the winter?
I´ve been in Chile, Maui, Perú and Almerimar. All destinations were quite good.
What special equipment will you have for Pozo?
I´m trying to decide Quad or tri-fin board for Pozo as both work well for me. I probably sail more on the Quads as I feel a bit safer for my wave moves. 76, 82 and 89 will be the main boards for Pozo. I use the 4 batten sail Hero from 3.4 up to 5.3.
What event are you most looking forward to on the tour this year and why?
Chile because it will be the first time we have a PWA event there and we can have different conditions to all the events we usually have on tour with bigger waves and more down the line waveriding.
What is your biggest strength?
My motivation, consistency and passion for the sport.
What can you do that you think will score the highest with the judges this year?
BIg jumps, doubles, tweaked push loops, back loops, good waveriding.
Who is your biggest rival?
Top 32, they are very good sailors. Philip is obviously the favourite rider for the event.
And who else would you like to see on the PWA tour that could make it to the top?
Young guys like Alessio, Leon have good potential in this conditions. It will be great to watch them.