2022 Gran Canaria PWA World Cup
The start of the 2022 Gran PWA World Cup is now just two days away as the best wave sailors in the world prepare to compete at Pozo Izquierdo for the first time in 3 years. It promises to be a show you don't want to miss with some of the biggest and most radical jumps in the world about to be throwndown. Just before the start of the event we managed to briefly catch up with a few of the top sailors in between training sessions and you can read their thoughts now ahead of the start of the event:
Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / Duotone): "I am super happy to be back in Pozo and to have the PWA back here.
I feel well and very motivated for this event, gear is working very well and I love to windsurf here with all the great riders. The level is very high and I like to see everyone pushing as it makes me push myself too. I look forward to a good event and I hope to get some fun waves."
Ricardo Campello (Naish / Naish Sails): "I came to Pozo a bit more than a month ago to get used to the conditions again and test the small gear and update some of the moves as I see the level is higher than ever, especially on the wave tricks, everyone is sailing amazing!
We didn't have the best pozo conditions yet, but I feel that pozo is harder then ever to sail as the wind direction is quite shifted on the windy days and it makes it harder for jumping and there's so many people that the water is choppier than ever!
Unfortunately, one day I did a straight jump and kind of had a bad movement in my neck and got a little hurt, so on the best days of the forecast I had to take a rest and couldn't sail! Hopefully get well soon and get back on the water."
Lina Erpenstein (Severne / Severne Sails): "Pozo is one of my favourite places to windsurf and I have missed competing here so much! The adrenaline and thrill you get sailing at this place is unique.
In 2019 I wasn't able to compete here due to my studies and that’s why, after 4 years, I’m even more looking forward to putting on the jersey here again!"
Marcilio Browne (Goya Windsurfing): "Its so nice being back here and sailing with everybody. No doubt most guys have stepped up and the level is higher than ever. Its going to be a crazy contest hahaha.‘’
Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins): "Well all I can say is that I am highly motivated to compete again. And you know what, this is my favourite time of the year.
It’s been three years without a wave contest, so essentially I’m defending my wave world title. Starting off in Pozo though is a tough one!. While training here I have come off the water defeated often because the conditions are so tough, but also have had some golden moments where I managed to push my boundaries and go higher, and that’s just so rewarding. I personally love sailing and competing here. It makes me a better windsurfer.
I am definitely sailing better than I have ever before here in Pozo, so I can’t wait to put all of this together in a heat!
I’m aiming for the top spot, but I think above everything I am just amped to get out here again with the best women in the world and push our limits together."
Be sure to stay tuned to www.pwaworldtour.com from the 9th July to follow all of the incredible live from Pozo Izquierdo via the PWA live stream.