In our second interview from here in Sylt we caught up with the most successful and accomplished windsurfer of our time, Sarah-Quita Offringa. Carrying 10 world titles at just 24 years old she may just be the one to rival Robby Naish in years to come. Whatever her path it will inevitably be one of success and one that we all have an opportunity to understand in more detail with her upcoming documentary feature film, Cabeibusha.
We caught up with Sarah, with a few humorous interruptions from an excited Alice Arutkin who was showing off her instagram likes, for a few questions on everything about Sylt, the movie, her future plans and a little equipment chat.
BS: So it’s day 6, what have you been up to in Sylt so far?
SQ: Well I really like Sylt, so when I am here I like to walk around a lot and catch up with all the riders, the brand reps at all the surf stands and spectators. It’s the only event on tour where everyone is here. I’ve also been out SUPing a couple of times, my parents are here and of course an occasional party…
BS: There’s another reason why you are here, it involves big hair and crazy action, can you tell us more?
SQ: Ok yeah so the movie Cabeibusha, which literally translates to ‘wild hair’ in Papiamento, is the project I have been working on with Julian Robinet and we filmed in several locations this year,; Australia, Aruba, Iceland, Canary islands and Turkey. One of the best things about this video is the differences between this and your usual windsurfing video, it is more of a portrait to reflect me as a person and who I am, including all the traveling and the whole life behind being a professional windsurfer. It’s the first dedicated movie about a female within our sport.
BS: So how can people watch it then?
SQ: Yeah so we have the premiere here in Sylt on Friday and Saturday, tickets can be purchased at the German Surf Mag stand here at the event site. If you are not able to make it to the event then it’s also possible to download it or we have it on a USB stick that anyone can order online. We also have a full travel story book showing the best images from the whole trip and a few related stories. You can get it on www.cabeibusha.com
BS: You had a taste in the waves again this year?
SQ: Yeah we still have some events to go but I am currently sitting in 3rd overall, I know France and Maui could be difficult after here but it would be awesome to fight for top 4.
BS: …and Slalom?
SQ: Well there are 3 to 4 girls currently sharing 3rd place and without a discard this year we can’t really make any mistakes. I’m currently leading with two wins so just need to hold it together for the final event to take the title in this.
BS: You continue to dominate in Freestyle as well, will there be a year where you win all three?
SQ: Yeah I think it is possible, it is certainly on my mind and I don’t think it is unrealistic. You know it just has to be that everything goes right that year, it could be possible, this really would be the ultimate goal.
BS: So what’s your plans for the rest of the year and do you think you’ll be taking to the water before the end of the week?
SQ: No unfortunately the forecast is not so ideal so the only time I will be taking to the water will be for the SUP this afternoon I think. After Sylt I have two events still but then during the winter I would like to train the waves a bit more, heading to Cape Town and then back home to Aruba and Bonaire for some freestyle training and maybe a trip to Guadeloupe for some waves.
BS: For our last question let’s jump to equipment real quick, are there any developments you can tell us about?
SQ: Well to be honest, it is really classic for everyone to say the gear is getting better each year but this year it is REALLY much better. The Wizard is unbelievable and super stable, Steven did a good job this year and has created such a great sail. The boards are a bit rounder on the rails, a bit wider and a bit thicker in the tail making it more controlled and better for the second pop, so I’m quite excited about what we have right now.
BS: Thanks Sarah and good luck for the rest of the year.
You can read our other featured interview with Hugo De Sousa here.