Due to COVID-19 this spring you got stuck on Maui. Sounds like a dream come true for the ordinary windsurfer. How did you spend this special time in Windsurfers’ paradise?
Yeah, I feel so lucky really, I think I made it here just in time, Marc even arrived the day before they closed all the US boarders and they’ve stayed closed since! Honestly here it’s sort of a bubble. Everything is outside in open air anyway plus they were pretty quick to introduce quarantine travel so the cases were low. We had a sort of lock down, but you could still go to surf, fish or windsurf just the hanging out on the beach wasn’t allowed. Honestly, we were really lucky we could surf and sail every day.
In the past you were travelling a lot. What kind of experience was it for you being at one spot for a long time? What or who did you miss?
Yes, it’s been pretty crazy experience and maybe that also reflects on the lives we have as professional windsurfers but this is the longest I’ve been anywhere since I was 19… Obviously you miss competing and I miss traveling, although not the excess baggage desk! I miss all the guys and girls from tour. I’m still in Maui now and it was pretty slow this summer, so it was weird not to just book some flights and go somewhere with waves. That said honestly, I’ve loved being here in one place and having a chance to slow down and do other things I’d never of got the chance too with such a nomadic lifestyle.
With no Wave World Cup for the whole season, how do you stay motivated and keep yourself mentally and physically in shape?
Good question, I’ve also avoided the gym since this all kicked off too, it’s been pretty tricky to keep in shape the same as before. Honestly, I struggled, I found it tricky to get new routines to adapt training wise to the circumstances. Somehow most of summer felt like March still. However, as August came and I could start to feel those winter swells around the corner I started to feel more and more motivated. It's different and I had to create a lot of my own workouts in the garden here and incorporate sand dune runs, underwater stuff etc. in to the training schedule but feeling the difference already is another huge motivator to keep pushing so I feel fully motivated. Mentally in shape, well I’m here in Maui sailing with some of the best guys in the world that competitive mental motivation is always here!
Will you have an advantage for the future over riders, who were less lucky as you and had to spend their time somewhere away from proper wave spots?
I guess so, I think a lot of Europe had very little wave sailing time through the spring but honestly sometimes those breaks you come back from sailing better than before… I think perhaps this winter will be the real test if people still can’t travel as much... Honestly, I think it’s good just to concentrate on your own sailing and I think I’ll for sure be getting enough of that this winter here!