Interview with Sam Ireland
Q: Where is home for you right now?
SI: Apart from lots of time on the road, I'm spending more time in Canada now in the summers. Most of the winter months I'm in Maui or other warmer climates training.
Q: What have you been up to over the winter months?
SI: I was in Canada the last month playing hockey, skiing, and seeing my family and friends.
Q: Any memorable sailing days recently?
SI: I arrived straight off my plane to Maui for an epic Lanes session with only 2 friends out. The opposite wind direction Kona and perfect mast and a half high! Unreal after one months no sailing, to absolute perfection.
Q: How did you enjoy your first experience sailing at Jaws?
SI: It was a little nerve racking at first, as it was not an average or medium day. I really didn't want to get out of the boat after watching a few friends get annihilated. But I just blanked that out, made a cautious game plan, went out and had a great session. It changed my impression of the place. It demands big time respect, you have to commit and go for it…you can't just ride the shoulder.
Q: What are your strengths and weaknesses in windsurfing?
SI: I'd say my strengths have been my love of the sport and stubbornness to learn. My weaknesses have been organizational and not having a good home base to recharge between events.
Q: What are your plans for next season?
SI: Go kick some ass on the racecourse with no excuses!! Explore some untouched locations and promote windsurfing in Canada.
Q: Words to live by?
SI: “Slow down, this isn’t the mainland!”