- 18 February 2009 | Windsurfing
There's a new kid on the block; the airborne Pozo local Dario Ojeda E211 just joined the Simmer squad.
The young Spaniard didn't get off to an smooth start, when arriving at Cabo Verde for the PWA event he had some passport dramas and got put straight in jail, without passing go.
"To make a long story short, they locked me up in Praia police cell for one day before the Spanish embassy sent through all the necessary paper work and they could let me out to Sal. It was a frustrating time but now its all good and I'm amped to be here," Dario reveals.
"I am really happy to be part of the Simmer team. I've been on the Mission X here at Cabo Verde and also before home in Pozo, it suits my style of sailing perfectly! I am stoked to be working with Tomas Persson, with the Simmer team and also with my close friend and travel mate Jonas Ceballos E40. After Cabo Verde I'm going to the Fuerte Wave Classic for some more action. It's going to be a awesome year," Dario finishes off.
Chief Designer, Tomas Persson on Dario:
"Dario has a great knowledge and understanding of modern windsurfing. He is perfect for our team. His radical and explosive style together with his excellent product understanding makes him a valuable asset in our r&d program."
Simmer team captain Kai Katchadourian on Dario:
"Dario will bring some fire to this team straight away. You don't get much more fire than with Dario. It sure shows on the water. He is clearly one of the main players at Pozo along with his close friend Jonas Ceballos, and its also clear that he intends to shake it up wherever else he sails. The fact that he is a really well rounded sailor is why we signed him."
Source: Simmer Style
- 17 February 2009 | Windsurfing
With the swell dropping right off the radar, day three of competition gave the sailors a chance to relax and mend their wounds after the brutal first two days of competition.
In the down time, we took the chance to chat to the 2000 PWA World Wave Champion and owner of Goya Sails, Francisco Goya (Goya Sails).
PWA: Goya Sails have just become one of the World Tour’s corporate partners; what made you decide to invest the PWA?
FG: "I’ve always backed the PWA through my career as an athlete, and it’s the same story now I have a brand with riders on tour. I’ve always believed you should back the people that are pushing the sport forward, and it’s good to give something back to the sport of windsurfing after I’ve got so much from it."
PWA: You’ve just signed Levi Siver to the Goya Sails team, are you excited to have one of professional windsurfing’s icons riding on your gear?
FG: “It’s a dream come true. Watching him grow up and seeing him sailing Hookipa at just 12, I used to wonder how good he’d get. Now I watch him pushing the boundaries of the sport every single day. He’s simply ahead of all the equipment out there. Now we’ve developed a really natural relationship, we meet everyday at the loft or office, then we go ride and do it all over again the next day. Good things usually come out of this!”
PWA: Will Levi be involved in the future development of the Goya Sails range?
“For sure, this summer we’re launching his sail range. It will be a collaboration between myself, Levi and our sail designer, Jason Diffin. Not only that, but he has ideas for promoting the sport through his projects like the Poorboyz produced, Windsurfing Movie Two.”
PWA: You’ve just put yourself firmly back on the map with regards to PWA competition, having made a dream come back in Cabo Verde. Is this a one off, or are we likely to see more of you on the World Tour?
FG: “I’m really playing it by ear, I just had this window of opportunity. Back in Maui we’ve just finished the ‘10 gear, and I had a few weeks to come ride here with a great crew: Levi, Kai and the guys from Poorboyz so I just went for it.”
- 16 February 2009 | Windsurfing
With Ponta Preta still receiving a healthy dose of ground swell, day two of competition wasted no time in capitalizing on the situation. Breaking smaller than the previous day, sets were anything from shoulder to logo high, making wave selection absolutely crucial.
Hitting the water to christen the double elimination were John Skye (RRD / Naish), Alex Mussolini (Tabou), Francisco Porcella (Simmer / Dakine / MFC) and Ricardo Campello (JP / NeilPryde / MFC). From the outset Porcella and Campello took charge of the heat, selecting the best-set waves and stringing together the most technical rides.
Mussolini and Skye both looked uncharacteristically off the boil, producing only sparse glimpses of form within a somewhat disappointing heat. To the contrary, Campello excelled, delivering consistent quality in a comprehensive heat that saw him almost effortlessly advance. Joining him was Porcella, who looked to have stepped his sailing up several notches to happily outclass his rivals.
Moving onto heat 35, Thomas Traversa (Tabou / Gaastra) emerged as the man to beat. The risk taking Frenchman settled on a happy compromise between his usual balls-to-the-wall approach, and solid, secure riding. Having dominated the heat from the green flag, the remaining sailor to advance came down to a challenge between Phil Horrocks (JP / NeilPryde) and Camille Juban (Gun / MFC), with the heat’s remaining sailor, Graham Ezzy (Dakine) looking largely unthreatening.
Ultimately it was Juban that won the judges over, having produced a fluent display of wave riding that edged Horrocks out the game thanks to better wave selection, and consequently higher scoring rides.
Dropping wind and swell forced competition to be placed on standby for much of the afternoon, before the heavyweight heat 36 could commence late into the day. Pitching Jason Polakow (JP / NeilPryde), Danny Bruch (Exocet / Severne / MFC), Marcilio Browne (Fanatic / North) and local Titik Lopes against each other, this was always going to be a touch-and-go battle.
Excelling in the super-fluky conditions, Polakow rose up to deliver some stunning sailing that clearly separated him from his three rivals. In contrast, local sailor Lopes had some promising looking waves, but never delivered any rides that made any real impact on his score sheet.
This left Bruch and Browne in a stand-off. Looking solid, Bruch sailed well but couldn’t match the Brazilian’s fluid and technical sailing, which included two goitas. Browne and Polakow advanced.