Head to Head – Campello Vs. Swift
What are his strengths?
Ricardo: ‘He’s super consistent and can pull stuff off out of nowhere - even some stuff that he can't do normally’
Robby:’ He is probably the most talented windsurfer in the world at the moment!’
What are his weaknesses?
Robby: ‘ I haven't found any yet!’
Ricardo: ‘His foot is pretty week!’
How many times have you beaten him or lost to him?
Robby: ‘I think that I have beaten him more times in the waves but he has definitely beaten me more in the freestyle. I haven't had an actual wave heat against him but I think that in Freestyle, he has beaten me in 3 or 4 heats and I have beaten him just once. Obviously in the overall freestyle, he has beaten me every time!’
Ricardo:’ I cant really remember exactly, but what I can remember is that 2 years ago on one of the final freestyle heats I had against him we both sailed unbelievably - but I had the best hit of my career. In fact I was so impressed with my heat that I even took the score sheet and put in on my wall! All 5 judges gave me 10's for originality, difficulty, and style - and swift was pretty close as well!’
What do you think when you see you’ve drawn him on the ladder?
Robby: ‘Uh Oh.... I can probably get to about that heat (which ever heat he is in), and then I will have to wait for the double elimination!’
Ricardo: ‘I just try to sail the best I can against whoever I’ve drawn, as sometimes its even better not to know who you have’
Why is he hard to beat?
Robby: ‘He really turns it up in competition’
Ricardo: ‘Because he is super consistent and can do all the moves on both tacks’
Over time have you had a particularly lucky or unlucky tour stop against this guy?
Robby: ‘Nope, all the stops are pretty even’
Ricardo: ‘ummm... cant remember!’
What conditions favour him more than you?
Robby: ‘He is definitely much better than me in lighter winds. I can normally somewhat hold my own if it is windy and wavy but if it is flat and light, he pretty much gets me every time in the Freestyle. I am sure that he will be one to watch in the waves soon too if this last Aloha Classic is anything to go by!’
Ricardo: ‘To be honest I think he prefers the same conditions as me’
© PWA / Brian McDowell