You were training on Tenerife for three weeks. How do you perceive the different atmosphere with the whole racing elite chasing you?
I had some fun and I produced lot of content on Guadeloupe. Afterwards it was perfect to come back to Tenerife for training. With TWS it is the perfect set up there, we had 15 races a day and straight from the first start I had some guys in my back pushing. But it’s pretty cool since after one year without competition we all need reference, and we all want to see if we lose or not. Even for me this is super important! I could find my rhythm and now I have just returned from a training camp with the French slalom team in the South of France. Lots of training and motivation - I was missing it! After the hard 2020 it was the perfect start, and I cannot wait to compete again.
Together with your teammates from Duotone like Jordy Vonk you are known as the WarpBoyZ. How do you support each other and how do you benefit from Duotone’s Chief tester Marco Lang being with you?
We are spending lot of time together around the World - in Tenerife or even here in the South of France working on the gear. With Jordy, Marco and all the rest we can share and while sailing they are pushing even more than the others because we want to progress. With Marco for example, we always share the good points and the bad points, what we like and don’t like, and this is perfect to do it in race conditions. We are a great team with Marco, Jordy and Vincent. This summarizes the Warp Boyz.
Is the new Warp_Fin 20.21 the racing machine you need to collect further PWA titles? In what way did you adapt your set up to the new rules with slalom fin and foiling in one competition?
I think the Warp is the best weapon to keep the title. That was the deal with the Team. I won the title and one month after we were working on the new sail. I think the new one is fitting pretty well with the new World Cup system and it will be good.
Even, if it is difficult to say, what are your goals and plans for the upcoming season?
The plan is easy, be back on tour and fight for the title.
Where do you want to be in 5 years?
So, in 5 years, my plan is to be able to continue what I am doing now and do what I love the most. If I could share it a bit more with my family that would be nice, but my plan is to keep working on this.
You are well prepared for a second career with a Master of Economy degree. What is your dream job after your career as a professional windsurfer?
Yes, it’s great to have this business degree and I hope it will help me in the future. But honestly, I don’t really know what I want to do. Keep working in the windsurf industry could be nice.
Any further motto or statement you want to share with us?
Never forget to keep an eye on the prize.
Picture Credits: Robin Christol, Carter / PWA