Just Why Was The Cabo Verde Event So Important For Windsurfing?
The line-up at Ponta Preta has quietened down, and most pros have packed their bags after extending their stay on the Island of Sal to enjoy the waves and the welcome they were given. The serious business of the rest of tour life continues with equipment testing and training in a variety of disciplines for most. But, as the events stunning impact on the sport reverberates around the globe, it begs a massive question on this contests importance to windsurfing’s image worldwide. Is it just a matter of time before more outside interest and sponsors are attracted, and will it go down in history as the event that acted as a catalyst for elite wavesailing competition? Here’s what some of the top names think.
Kevin Pritchard (Starboard / MauiSails): ‘Cabo Verde was an amazing event. I think it was important because it put on a show that was second to none. The airs off the lip that people were getting were amazing like no other sport out there. We've had great outside media coverage so far and I am sure that is only going to improve as word gets out’
Bjorn Dunkerbeck (North) ‘Yes, it was very important as this event showcased the many radical and beautiful sides of windsurfing, and I hope we will have many more great events this year and in coming seasons because of that’
Jason Polakow (JP / NeilPryde) ‘It showcased the true showmanship of our dynamic sport. Surfing has leapfrogged into a whole new realm partly due to the amazing imagery of the sport. They go to destinations like Fiji, Tahiti and Australia which all have amazing conditions for them to show off their various styles and power. You only needed to sit on the beach at Cape Verde to see all the different styles between the top guys. When you see that, you know that it is windsurfing in its purest form. I only hope that this will snowball into more epic events like this one’
Levi Siver (Starboard / NeilPryde) ‘To start a fire you need a few sparks first and the Cape Verde event was one of those sparks’
Kauli Seadi (Quatro / Naish) ‘Because we had every windsurfers dream conditions...so through these types of events we can transfer the satisfaction we get for what do to windsurfers world over - getting perfect waves and being paid for it!’
Alex Mussolini (JP /NeilPryde) ‘Because of the way the contest was set up, because of the conditions, because of the people involved, because the place is so beautiful, I could say so many more good things about this contest, that I could never finish talking about it. I only hope that in the future that we will have more events like this because of this event’
Scott McKercher (Starboard / Severne) ‘This was something that has been missed since Fiji in ’97. Apart from Hawaii, we've not had quality waves, which can truly showcase the sport for how sick it is. The windsurfing media can print pictures to get excited about, and the external media can see that windsurfing really is an extreme sport, and the sailors could compete, win or lose, and be satisfied that they were a part of something special. I feel blessed to have been in it and witnessed what I saw’
Josh Angulo ‘I believe the Cabo Verde was so important for windsurfing because it brought an old yet newly exposed part of windsurfing, down the line wavesailing in perfect conditions, to the mainstream public. Combined with the fact that Cabo Verde is quickly gaining recognition for it’s tourism, the awesome windsurfing conditions were a tool to get Cabo Verde into the world’s eye’
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