Alex Mussolini (Tabou / Gaastra) enjoyed a fantastic 2012 season as he claimed his best finish to date on the PWA World Tour - third overall. The Spaniard consistently demonstrated some of the best wave rides on the tour last year, to force his way into the top three. Now with the first event of the season just a few days away, we caught up with Mussolini to gain his thoughts ahead of the start of the season, as well as his opinion on double forwards. Read the interview below?
PWA: Last year you finished on the podium for the first time, how are you feeling ahead of the first event of the year?
AM: “We all know that Pozo is an event that is based on how good you jump, wave riding is important of course but everything will come down on how good you can jump. Last year I went through heats with my wave riding getting some 10´s or 11´s but jumping will be important.”
PWA: How are double forwards going this year? And do you have any new moves?
AM: Last year I ended up on the podium landing just one double in Tenerife, of course doubles are important but I think that wave riding will help me. Thomas Traversa [Tabou / Gaastra] made some doubles but won in Denmark thanks to his riding not for his doubles, so it’s something to think about. I have trained during the winter to improve my wave riding and managed to land all my jumps correctly, you only go through heats by landing your moves, not by crashing.”
PWA: Have you trained any differently this winter?
AM: “This is my 11th year on tour and I have done the same routine as every winter, I don’t like to change things.”
PWA: Finally, aims for the season?
AM: “Well, the top three is already over booked by people that want to be there, so I will say top 10 :).”
PWA: Thanks Alex and good luck in Pozo and for the remainder of the season.