Interview With Micah Buzianis
Q: You must be pretty stoked to have won the first PWA Formula race of the season, was it a tough battle?
MB: I am very stoked with this victory it has been a while since I have been on top of the podium in a PWA event, lots of seconds and thirds but just kept missing until now. It was a tough battle as there were so many guys who had a chance to win this event and with all the different wind conditions we had it made it challenging. I just kept to my game plan, except for that one race that I didn't finish, and was able to stay consistent with my finishes and come out on top.
Q: You were one of the few sailors who managed to stay consistent in both the light and stronger wind racing...was that down to equipment or race tactics?
MB: I think my consistency was mainly to do with my equipment. I have been working a lot on my formula gear and not just in light winds and have it well tuned for all around sailing. My tactics remain the same for light winds and strong winds.
Q: What board and sails did you register?
MB: I registered my back up Devil II as the one I normally race on - the fin box broke the day before the event. I registered two 11.7 North Formula Warps and a 10.9. For fins I registered two C3 and one Deboichet.
Q: At the beginning of the last day when you were back in 8th overall, did you think you had a serious shot at winning?
MB: I thought I had a good chance of winning but I knew that I would have to have all good results, maybe even have to win all the races. Going into the last race I didn't think there was a chance for me to win but I thought maybe second or third was possible. When I came back to the beach after the first race and Kai told me I had won I didn't really believe him at first until a few others told me and the final results came out.
Q: Was there a particular race that clinched it for you?
MB: I don't think there was one in particular but if I had to pick one it would be the last one. I had a bad start and didn't round the top mark in a very good spot, somewhere around 15th. But I told myself I was not going to give up anything and I worked my ass off on the downwind and the next upwind scraping any spots I could gather up. For as hard as I worked in this race the victory was well worth it!!!
Q: What was it like with 100 people out there on the start line?
MB: It was pretty tough on the line with so many guys especially in the really light winds. In the light winds if you didn't have a first row start then you were going to have a tough time getting planning let alone trying to make back any spots. In the stronger winds it wasn't quite as bad as it was easier to get planning and if you had to tack off after a bad start you could quickly get back into clean wind.
Q: What are you going to do with the prize money?
MB: Most of the money is going to go towards my new house that I will start building very soon, but I will also go out and buy something for myself that I have been wanting, not sure what yet but I will find something!
Q: Words to live by?
MB: For this event, NEVER GIVE UP! As was shown by my start being in 15th place after the first day anything can happen!