The trend this winter for the British boys seems to be involving one injury or another. So far Ben Proffitt (Simmer), Ross Williams (Tabou / Gaastra) and Adam Sims (Patrik / Sailloft Hamburg) have all found themselves on the ‘broken pile’, having been pushing themselves to the limit ahead of the new season. Sims has recently spent a month in Tarifa, where the UK freestyler scored good winds and varied conditions. Unfortunately this is also where he picked up two more injuries, one of which is from that now infamous double forward loop gone wrong.
Before the injuries set in Sims looked on form as he flies through all the latest power moves such as sick shuv-it spocks, planing culos and burners. The twenty-five year old also links together some great combos like spock-culos, double spocks, culos, and e-sliders as well as landing a super technical funnel-clock. The clip also includes the double forward crash, which you can read a little more about the consequences of, below in a short interview with the man himself.
PWA: What's your winter training consisted of?
AS: “Well it's been a tough one, finances were a bit tight so it was just Tarifa for a month really. It's not the end of the world though, I had some epic days skiing/snowboarding during these long winter months and still hit the water in my semi-dry from time to time.
PWA: Are you fully recovered from your injuries you picked up? And would/will you be brave enough to attempt doubles again any time soon?
AS: “Hmm fully recovered, yes and no, my head is physically ok but I've had a couple scares in the past year or so and it's causing some longer standing problems, not too enjoyable but I'm moving past it and Hanna (my girlfriend) is really supportive, which is helping a lot. As for my foot it is getting back to strength with some training and physio I hope to be fully fit for PWA Austria. Yeah of course I will try doubles again... I think... I just got really unlucky on the crash, it wasn't super high but fast and I don't remember what I hit but it must have been the perfect crash. I will for sure wear a helmet next time though!”
PWA: How do you feel the 2012 season went for you? What are you aspirations and expectations for the coming year?
AS: “It was good, I focused on the EFPT tour and was stoked with my result, now in the next years I want to start placing higher and higher on the PWA. It is a little easier to get to events this year as there are only four of them so I will do the full tour for the first time and see where I can place.”
PWA: Who do you think will be challenging for top honours at the first event of the season?
AS: “Other than myself... haha. No I think the top 5 will still remain the top 5, Dieter could find his way in perhaps but really Steven van Broeckhoven (JP / NeilPryde / Different), Gollito Estredo (Fanatic / North), Kiri Thode (Starboard / Gaastra) are pushing the level so far it is just insane. Tonky Frans (Tabou / Gaastra) was also on form in Tarifa when we sailed together and with his style he will always be one to look out for. I think last year was a wake up call and he realised that actually he really could take the title if he wanted it enough... I'd watch out for Max Matissek (Fanatic) as well, he's been training hard all winter with Steven, I think he will really jump up the ranks and he will no doubt shine at his home-spot in Austria.”
To see Sims’ styling his way through Tarifa click here.