The 2005 Guincho Estoril PWA World Cup - Interview Peter Volwater
<PHOTO1>“I really feel I’m in my prime now, so I’m going to go all out for the next few years.”
Peter “Voltmeter” Volwater (H-24, F2) has been travelling the globe on the PWA tour for ten years. We caught up with him on the beach of Guincho for a one on one with Holland’s top pro windsurfer.
You stranded in the second round of the single elimination. How did your heat go?
I was up against Ross Williams. I’ve sailed against him a few times before, but he just had a very strong heat with a few nice long rides. I got off to a slow start. I had a big floater, but I crashed on it. Then later on my outhaul cord broke and I wasted quite a bit of time fixing that. No excuse, but all in all it didn’t go too well and I was out.
Who do you think have a shot at taking the title here in Guincho?
I think Josh Angulo is sailing very strong at the moment, he could go a long way. Some of the young guys are definitely good enough, but they might lack the experience to win an event. Guys like Angulo and Polakow have got so much style, have ridden so many waves; that kind of experience is hard to beat. But there will be surprises sooner or later for sure. If not here then at a next event. And of course I’m really hoping it’ll come to a double elimination here so I can have another go at the crown myself!
You’ve been on the tour for nearly ten years. Is there anything you’d still like to do?
I would love to do more wave events in top locations. I’m stoked to be back in Guincho for a PWA wave event. It would be great to compete in places like New Zealand, Cabo Verde or Fiji. I would really like to go back there. I participated in a contest there several years ago, but I was pretty much a rookie then. I’d like to see the wave tour expand like the speed tour is doing right now. If that happens, I definitely want to be part of it.
<PHOTO2>Are exotic events like that important for the promotion of the sport?
I believe they should form the foundation for the professional windsurfing tour. Sailing in the world’s best locations, that’s what pro windsurfing is all about. Having said that, the European events are critical too. That’s where most of the spectators are and exposure is highest. That’s another important factor of being a professional windsurfer; staying in touch with the public and European events are crucial for that.
Are you doing a lot of travelling yourself aside from the PWA tour?
That’s the plan yes. I feel I progress a lot more freesailing in superlocations than in competition. Sailing in a contest is more about applying your knowledge than anything else. Of course you learn from that as well, but it’s different kind of experience. This winter I’m planning to go to Western Australia for a few months. It’s great wavesailing location with a great atmosphere. Last year I came in second there in the Australian nationals behind Scott McKercher in masthigh waves and 30-35 knot winds. I’m looking forward to going for it again this year.
<PHOTO3>What can we expect from you competition-wise?
Since January I’m back with F2 which is working out very well for me. I’ve been involved in the development of the new F2 Super X boards, which is a very interesting aspect of our cooperation. On the PWA tour I’m participating in wave and Super X and I’m going to do some speedsailing this year as well. I’ve never officially done that, but I’m just going to strap on a lot of weight and go for it! I really feel I’m in my prime now, so I’m going to go all out for the next few years. What happens after that, I’ll just take it as it comes.