Victor Fernandez (E-42 Fanatic / Simmer) is one of the most respected young talents on the PWA wave sailing and freestyle scenes. The young Spaniard matched the massive expectation on him earlier this year, when he convincingly won in the waves at Pozo. Still in with a shout at the 2006 wave title, Victor was one of many who’s patience was tested at the recent waveless event in Sylt. Enjoying the Indian summer sunshine on the Island of Westerland, he talked us through his season so far.
‘My strategy for the 2006 season was similar to previous years, where I’ve travelled to as many different locations, and sailed in as wide a variety of conditions as possible to work on my all-round ability. With the tour we have this year that's important if you want to perform in anything from Ho’okipa or Guincho, to Pozo or Sylt. And, as the tour is so tough, my principal target for this season was to top the podium at at least one event.
I’m currently ranked 5th in the waves, and although its disappointing we didn’t compete in Sylt, its all still going to plan and heading in a good direction as we look forward to a final event, and the chance to climb the rankings. For sure I’d like to be in first position, but like I said it’s a hard circuit, as there are only so many events on the calendar that you can make an impression at. For example, I expected to do better in Guincho, where we only had 1 single elimination to post a score in. There I finished 9th which is not so bad, but if you’re competitive you always expect to do better, and to have more eliminations and chances to prove yourself in.
Since the last contest in Fuerteventura I’ve been at home in Almeria, and working with Sebastian Wenzel, our Fanatic shaper, at Guincho. Both these places gave me good starboard tack practice. Then I went to Klittmoller where we had port tack conditions, so I was lucky to get quality training in at all three locations. I had hoped to use this preparation to my advantage here in Sylt, where you have to be ready for any type of conditions.
Having a chance to win the world title is a great opportunity for me, but now it also really depends on the results of the other competitors as well as my own performance - and they are really good competitors! In my opinion I think Kevin, Angulo and Kauli are the hardest people to beat right now.
This year I didn’t enter Super-X events, as I was more focused on the waves and freestyle, plus also they are my favorite disciplines. I didn’t have any obligations to my sponsors to do Super X, as they’re mainly interested in me as a wave sailor, and are happy that I spend my time concentrating on that. I would enter Super-X again though if there were an overall title!
Some people have asked me if this fight to win the wave title has distracted me from freestyle? Well, even though Freestyle is over for 2006, I’d say that yes, for sure I was concentrating harder on the wave title this season, especially after Pozo. Also, Freestyle is becoming really hard, particularly if you don’t go to the best places to train with the top freestyle specialists. However, Freestyle helps me a lot because I spend more days on the water, and it’s really important in creating new moves for wavesailing.
Talking of which I am practicing a new maneuver! I hope that I can get it soon as I've only just tried it a couple of times... I’ll be sure to let you know first when I’ve cracked it!’
Gracias Victor y buena suerte.
© PWA / Brian McDowell