Undercurrents - Daida Moreno
Interview with Daida Moreno
Q: How did you enjoy the 2004 PWA season?
DM: The 2004 PWA season went great for me. I enjoy the most the event in GC, I felt confident and pretty relaxed, plus I could sleep in my own bed! The Canaries Tour was great this year, driving around with my van and exploring Lanzarote as a new event, great location and great people. Canada was also a good experience; we visited many new places and sailed with the girls only, just imagine having a whole new event only for us, 100% attention for us. They treated us like Queens. My only bad moment was in the PWA event in Maui, I actually got a bad result, but this made me train even harder and now I am more ready than ever!
Q: What is your favourite event to compete at?
DM: For sure is Pozo. It’s my home spot and I love just sailing there. It’s windy and hard sometimes, but I still love it! Lanzarote was also good fun. We had some days of great swells coming through and it was a hard core freestyle event, enjoyed a lot!
Q: Who is your main rival on the women's tour?
DM: There is many new girls coming to the top really strong, and we can slowly see a major and extreme competition in every event. It all depends where you have the contest, but in most of the events my two major rivals are Karin and Iballa.
Q: The girls fleet seems to be getting stronger ...are more girls coming into the sport?
DM: Yes, definitely there are plenty of new young girls coming to the tour. They are not afraid of anything and they are really looking forward to get good result and a bit of prize money to keep sailing and doing what they love. It is still really hard to have a living out of windsurfing but with the little increase we will have this year for women’s price money I just hope we can see even more girls joining us and sharing our lifestyles around the world. Windsurfing companies need to also help a bit in order to have a bit of a flow and have strong competitive girls coming into all the events and making everything even more interesting. They need good equipment to train with and that makes a hell of a difference in their performance.
Q: You must be pleased to see the standard in the girls felt rising too?
DM: I admire all the girls who want to learn and they spend hours in the water trying really hard new manoeuvres. This is actually a special feeling, they go for it and they are not afraid of breaking any part of their body because they simple love it... They want to be there, on the top, they love to compete and they’ll certainly love to kick our butts one day... That makes me feel good, makes everything more interesting and much more competitive, always in the good way of course. I remember when I entered the PWA I just looked around and from one year to another approximately 10 girls left the Tour... That was a big crisis for the women’s tour. Slowly we are bringing up the girl's power into place and there is no way I will stop working to at least help this part of windsurfing to develop. There are girls out there sailing even better than some of the boys, even though I hate comparisons because we all have our own level. Pretty much all of the girls competing can loop, volcano and our wave riding has improved... They get the strength slowly by training every day and believing in their possibilities. Our standard is much higher than ever before and nobody will take that away from us.
Q: Do you like the lifestyle of being on the road away from home most of the year?
DM: Well, there are the good things and the bad things about this kind of lifestyle. I like it cause its part of my work, and I love my work. But sometimes can be really hard to be away for so many months, especially to leave the family and friends behind... It’s just hard to keep up physically and mentally as well... But I enjoy a lot my travelling, that’s for sure. Sometimes you have more enjoyable trips than others, but they are all for a good reason.
I have been actually thinking lately that I will love to have a trip to Australia or to south Africa for some port tack side off wave riding training, pretty much everyone in tour does it once a year and somehow I end up here in Maui with Jimmy, hee hee.. Which is not bad at all, but it will be good a change. I have been in these two places once in my life and for only one week... So I guess I deserve good holidays over there.
Q: How often do you people mistake you for your sister?
DM: Well, in one day about five or six times... If you multiply this by seven it will be around 35 times a week and consequently around 1825 times a year...
Q: Do you ever play along?
DM: 1825 times during 27 years... Well, we kind of got bored with it already... But we actually do it once in a while though!
Q: How can people tell you apart...what is the secret?
DM: Well, I weight about four more Kilos than my sister and our face are totally different if you get to have us both next to each other and memorize which one is which then I’m sure you will be able to tell us apart in about two years time. I believe it is still difficult for some friends to tell us apart, but I don’t think it’s so difficult... At least I can recognize myself!
Q: What have you been doing since Sylt?
DM: Let’s see... After Sylt I went back to Gran Canaria for about two weeks getting things ready for my next trip and sailing. I went to France (Almanarre) for a promotion trip and watch the Formula event as well. Then came here to Maui and been here nearly two months sailing in starboard tack conditions. I will soon go back home and spend X-Mass and New Years with my friends and family and then go to London Boat Show
Q: Have you been sailing much?
DM: I have sailed everyday it was windy from about two to four hours a day. Maui has been good this winter, let’s say I have sailed a month and a half in about two months over here. Some days better than others but as long as there is some wind I’m a happy girl.
Q: What moves are you working on?
DM: Top Secret! Basically improving my wave sailing (smooth ridings, getting my timing together, getting more and more speed on the wave and trying to hit the lip hard and to do normal or tweaked aerials), also trying to improve my starboard tack jumping a bit. I am very used to sail in Pozo (port tack) and there is still a bit of a difference for me sailing here, but I am trying to just close the gap. It’s slowly moving forward and I feel pretty happy about that. I enjoy sailing every day more and more, even though some days it can be frustrating... But that’s also part of this job; just have to learn to stay focus and positive to improve even faster.
Q: Do you do a lot of testing and development for North and Mistral?
DM: I certainly don’t do much. The main guys for testing are Nick, Grubby and Micah. Iballa and I help sometimes in the smaller size sails and boards to give a third opinion on their products. Sometimes they can be really over loaded with lots of work and we all do testing at the same time. Kai Hopf works pretty much every single day during hours to make the best sails, he travels with us to different places for testing the sails and that’s a thing no other company does. We test sails all year long in Maui, Pozo, SA, Australia... I love sailing with this boys, they are great inspiration, especially when you are always sailing with a much better sail everyday.
Q: What are your plans for the 2005 season?
DM: 2005 is around the corner. I will start of in England with the London Boat Show, then go back to Canaries for a bit and finish up few things and then take another plane to Maui as soon as possible to start getting ready for the Hawaiian Pro. I will pretty much do all the PWA events possible and try to keep both of my waves and freestyle tittles. It’s not going to be easy, especially with all this new girls on tour and with the Hawaiian event around the corner, but I will try all my best. I am really happy I have come so far, but I won’t give up just yet.
Q: How much time a day do you spend behind a computer?
DM: These last two moths I have been in front of the computer way too long. It becomes part of your job as well; start with the emails, interviews, organizing TV programs, photo shoots, ordering products, contacting sponsors, basically promoting your self around the world. We luckily have great managers that help us arrange everything else outside industry world and we are able to bring windsurfing to another higher step. At the moment we are putting together a great Women Windsurfing PWA Guide, about 90 pages of full information on 26 PWA Girls around the world, information about PWA and windsurfing in general (little dictionary, info about the girls, moves, etc) Like this people watching us compete start learning a bit more about the windsurfing world.
Q: What’s in your wallet?
DM: At the moment two empty credit cards and many American coins, my picture camera, a pen and a mobile phone.
Q: Do you have any ambitions left to achieve in windsurfing?
DM: Yes, there is always something else you want to do... For now I just want to do a great promotion in windsurfing and also bring more girls into this world.
Q: When are you getting married?
DM: I think we will have to wait a bit longer... We have been together only for six years. Let’s just say it’s not yet the right moment.
Q: Words to live by?
DM: Love, peace and windsurf.