Each day during the event we will put someone in the spotlight to find out a little more about the pros who are here and what’s going on behind the scenes. First up is someone who has grabbed some of the biggest windsurfing headlines in the last years, mainly because of the new moves and impressive height that he nails in video parts. Patiently waiting to pull it together in competition he is on the cusp of major success as he currently sits 2nd in Europe and came in 13th at the PWA event in France earlier this year.
Over to Hugo De Sousa…
BS: How many years have you been competing on the World Tour and what’s your best resultS?
HS: Now it is my third year but in the first year I did just Fuerteventura and then the second year just Bonaire and Fuerte and this year I do the full tour. This year in France I was 13th but my best results are on the European Tour right now where I am currently 2nd place.
BS: It is your first time on Sylt, what do you make of this event compared to the others and be honest how is the temperature for you?
HS: Haha, it’s too cold, the water is really very cold, I’m not used to this, so it is hard, it is really not my favourite conditions. The chop and waves are really difficult for me to finish in top 10, which is where I want to be. The whole organisation is super impressive and there are so many people here to watch the event but it is quite different to the other events, the spectators are a bit older but they seem to know a lot of the riders really well.
BS: It looks like a lot of light winds at the moment, how do you fill the time?
HS: Yeah actually we have quite a lot of fun here, the days pass fast, there is a lot to do if you just go and find it. We spend a few hours each day in the local spa, swimming, chilling and messing around in the water slides, it’s quite funny. Also the night life is quite fun, we go out in the evenings and everyone is having a nice time in the end.
BS: Looks like we have some tow-in windsurfing coming up, will you take part and how do you find tow-in?
HS: Yeah I really like tow-in actually, it can be amazing because we can go high with the moves and do crazy stuff that is bigger than just normal windsurfing sometimes. So yeah I will be there competing in it I hope. I heard they did some test runs yesterday but it sounds like it was difficult.
BS: Have you been training much in the chop?
HS: No to be honest I was not training in anything like this, the conditions are really different, I mean I sailed in Fuerte on the outside where it is similar but it is warm so I think it could be difficult here.
BS: We saw that you have a three and a half batten sail you are testing, can you tell us more?
HS: Yeah I really like this sail, the batten just above the boom is cut almost in half, just a bit towards the mast, it’s crazy because it is really stable and fast and so light. I can get planing fast with this sail and it seems very balanced when I am ducking but gives me power for early planing. I hope we have it in production for next year already.
BS: So what are your plans after here, competitions and winter travels?
HS: So next up is EFPT Holland, then France then back home to Brazil all winter, it’s the perfect training ground so why do I need to go away from home. Only when RRD want me to test sails and boards with them will I leave and this happens in Cape Town each year, so I will go there for some time. Between EFPT Holland and EFPT France we will go training to some spots around Europe, just follow the wind a bit.
BS: How about new moves, anything planned or are you working on?
HS: Yeah so I work on the shifty a bit but I was not so close and then back in Brazil I have some ideas, I want to do air skopu into burner all in the air and air kabikuchi into culo, there are some big moves that will happen this winter, that is for sure.
BS: Lastly, windsurfing has taken you to a lot of places, did you ever expect this and what do you think you would be doing if you were not a professional windsurfer?
HS: Ohh, I really don’t know maybe I would be a fisherman, something like this. But you know this is what I expected, this is why I windsurf so hard and for so many hours a day, from 5 hours or more, you know sometimes up to 8 hours in one afternoon and evening. You know where I come from there is not much else to do.