Better known for her freestyle talents, the young Bonairian girl, Maxime Van Gent is currently cruising the strip in Costa Brava whilst the boys go to work on the slalom course. Although her time will come, as the Caribbean crew set sail to the Canary Islands soon after this event, we thought we would grasp the opportunity to get a few behind the scenes style updates from this second stage of the PWA World Tour.
Over to Maxime…
Soooo, it’s my first time here in Costa Brava and also my first time going to just a slalom event, most of the people are asking me what I am doing here?.. Well Amado Vrieswijk and I are on a 5 month long road trip with his camper van and I am actually just following him to all the competitions, which is, for me, a good experience and good training.
Now lets get back to the event, I’ve been here for 3 days already and there is not so much going on to be honest, at the moment there is no wind and there is not a lot to do on the beach but close by there is a really nice campsite, La Ballena Alegre, this is also where all the riders stay and where they put their massive sails and play games ????. Most of the guys have their biggest sails rigged like 7.8, 8.6 and 9.0. Unfortunately here at Costa Brava they don’t really have a big tent with all the gear so most of the riders have to carry their gear to the campsite or just leave it on the beach. When it comes to boards most of the guys have 120l and 130l ready, it’s not such a mega windy place like the Canaries, but maybe that is yet to come, fingers crossed.
Looking at yesterday, they managed to start competition, completing one full round but they couldn’t manage to do another because the wind dropped. It was definitely a light wind day and actually the forecast didn’t look promising at all but local word was for it to be windy and it is best to listen to the locals. Let’s see what today will bring, stay tuned for more updates from me.