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05/17/2005 - created by Axel van Weel

The 2005 Bonaire King of the Caribbean – Interview Ricardo Campello

16:00 As winds are still light, we caught up with reigning freestyle champion Ricardo Campello (V-111, JP/ Neil Pryde). The competition is breathing down his neck, so let’s hear his thoughts on the 2005 Bonaire King of the Caribbean and the upcoming season.<PHOTO1>


You’re the freestyle champion two years in a row. Are you looking for a hat-trick?

I’m definitely going to try. The level of sailing is incredibly high this year, a lot higher than last year, so I’m going to have to work hard. In this particular event, the local guys are going to be tough to beat.


Which riders do you fear most?

All of them! (laughs) The Bonaire sailors are very, very good, especially when the wind is a bit lighter like it has been for the last couple of days. I prefer stronger winds and haven’t really been training a lot with bigger sails, so I’m hoping for some more wind than we have seen here so far.


Can we expect any surprises from you on the water out here?

I’ve got this one move in my head, but I’m not going to tell you what it is (smiles). Hopefully the conditions will allow me to demonstrate it later this week in the contest.


Earlier this week you were practicing the Cana Brabu. How is that coming along?

I started trying them after I saw the Tonky and Choco do them. I think I stuck about five of them that day. At first it’s pretty difficult, but once you get the hang of it it’s okay.


<PHOTO2>What are your goals for this season and beyond?

This year I’m going to be focussing mostly on freestyle. I’m also participating in the wave event of Guincho, Portugal and Pozo, Gran Canaria. Next year I really want to get into wavesailing more than I have up till now. Spend more time on Maui and train hard.


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