Interview with Rich Foster
Q: How has the season gone for you so far this year?
RF: Not as good as I had hoped for but I've done okay top 10 right now, hopefully I will do well in Bonaire and go up the ranking for the overall.
Q: Has the level of freestyle risen dramatically since last year?
RF: Yeah I think everyone is training harder and harder the kids are pulling off some crazy shit right now. I think they get all these moves from computer games like "Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3". While us older guys are doing the gardening and playing golf they are thinking up new moves. The level has gone through the roof, if you get injured and take two months off the water you can pretty much forget competing for the season, you'll be too far behind. However we have experience on our side and that really helps in the contests, but in a few years they will have it down and anyone over 23 better watch out.
Q: Which sailors have really been pushing the limits?
RF: Ricardo and Kauli are raw talent and they are really pushing the limits. Who knows who else, there are so many kids in places like Margarita doing the same thing. Matt Pritchard and Nik Baker are also going hard training like they've never trained before probably. They are experienced and very, very good competitors and we are talking about competition here not freesailing.
Q: What are the toughest moves to nail under the pressure of a heat?
RF: If you find a move tough while doing a heat you might as well not try it, we have to have all our moves so wired that we don't even think about them. If you want to stand a chance at getting through a heat you have maybe two chances to fall off and that’s it. We complete between 15-20 moves a heat that's 4 moves a minute. The last 15 seconds you can try some thing rad if you want or if you are behind.
Q: What do you do to stay fit?
RF: I go to the gym, do Yoga, surf, Windsurf and eat well.
Q: Are strength and fitness important in a five minute freestyle heat?
RF: Yes but fitness is more of an asset than strength.
Q: What are your plans for the winter season?
RF: Ahh don't really know right now things are up in the air. I have some testing to do for Fanatic and some promo gigs going on. Maybe a bit of snowboarding and hopefully a lot of windsurfing.
Q: Where is home for you these days?
RF: 255 Pauwela Maui and the tour.
Q: Has Maui been firing?
RF: Yes and no, good surf for sure and some wind, I've been training freestyle a lot so I don't really notice the waves too much. I've had a few good wave days with my friends at lowers.
Q: Words to Live by?
RF: One thing is for certain in life and that is - nothing is certain, so live it now!