Josep Pons (I-99 / Point-7) made his debut on the PWA World Tour in 2008 and he has recorded several top 10 finishes within that time. The 35-year-old is not only one of the best jumpers in the world, but also a top coach with several other top pros entrusting Pons as their coach to unlock some of the most difficult jumps in the world. We recently caught up with Pons for the latest of our 20 questions feature…
1. Why are you so passionate about windsurfing?
Windsurfing is the most addictive thing in the world for me. My passion for it gets bigger and bigger every day because every single day is different, with different incredible feelings and with unique experiences. It allows me to disconnect from all my problems and I get out of the water with a big smile on my face. It's kind of a meditation for me.
2. What quality do you like most in other people?
The quality that I value the most in people is sincerity.
3. What annoys or frustrates you the most?
What frustrates me the most in life is not being able to do something. In daily life I always strive to learn how to do everything, no task is insignificant. In windsurfing, what frustrates me the most is not being able to correct a manoeuvre and crash it over and over again.
4. What do you most like in yourself?
What I like most in myself as a person is my simplicity. In sports, my perseverance.
5. What do you dislike in yourself?
I overthink things too much: I try to reach perfection without hurting anybody.
6. What has been your best moment on tour?
Every single moment on tour is amazing. But the most special moment was when I finished second in an expression session in Pozo, and Duncan dedicated some words to me.
7. What has been your worst moment on tour?
My worst moment on tour was last year. Before the first stop of the 2019 tour I was feeling better than ever. But three weeks before the Pozo event I got injured and I couldn’t compete 100%. I felt utterly impotent.
8. Knowing what you know now, what advice would you have given yourself when your career started?
I would have started earlier and I should have had the help of my father-in-law since the beginning. Every professional windsurfer needs a trainer.
9. What is the best advice you have ever been given?
Believe in yourself
10. What would be your perfect day?
The one that combines having a great time with the family, friends and a perfect windsurf session
11. Do you have any superstitions?
No. I’m not superstitious
12. Which living person do you most admire?
13. What is your greatest fear?
My greatest fear is that someday I won't be able to windsurf.
14. What is your most treasured possession?
15. If you weren’t a professional windsurfer, what would you like to be?
I would like to help people to learn and improve their skills. I would like to be a trainer, hahah exactly what I am!!
16. Where is the best place you’ve been?
Maui. I love it.
17. Where would you most like to go to that you haven’t been to yet?
Chile, I have wanted to go since 2016 but I haven't found the right moment…
18. Who would you most like to have as a dinner guest, dead or alive?
My family, especially with my Mum.
19. First App you open in the morning?
20. A phrase you live by?
Enjoy every single moment.
If you are in Pozo and want to take your sailing to the next level you can get in touch with Pons to be your coach - just visit http://www.ponstraining.com/ and send him a message. You can also see numerous testimonials, which vouch for Pons as not only a world class sailor, but also a world class coach.
You can see Pons’ latest video @ https://vimeo.com/397383179