A Day In The Life Of A Pro – Nicholas Reynes
It’s easy to imagine that all pro windsurfers are paid large salaries to travel the world and sail in locations that most windsurfers only dream about, and to some extent that’s true, but it doesn’t apply to everyone. There are also a significant amount of part-timers on tour, from students to those who just do a regular job to pay their way and fuel their competitive thirst for windsurfing. Frenchman Nicholas Reynes (F-456 Tabou / Gaastra) is a prime example of a pro who’s life off-tour involves hard work and making the most of his spare time to train as hard as possible. Reynes, 26, is from the Catalan region near Perpignan in the South of France, and finished an impressive 9th overall in Super-X in 2006, well ahead of many full-timers! ‘Nico’ took the time to tell us a little about his routine and approach to competition.
‘I’m always up pretty late as I work nights as a Bell Captain at a 4 Star hotel near where I live. But basically if it’s windy when I get off duty I’ll go directly onto the water and train. If there’s no wind I’ll do extra fitness training and spend time with my girlfriend and just try to enjoy life a little! One constant in my preparation is a daily stretching session of at least 20 minutes, and I also keep a diary of that and the rest of my trainings progress.
During events it’s a bit different as I can be ready earlier and take time to have a good breakfast, check the forecasts, and get amongst the race crew as they set the course, and note all the angles and other tactical observations relevant to that days racing. I’ll also watch the other heats, take notes of who did well and why, and make sure I’ve eaten well and am correctly hydrated. Its just concentration really.
I obviously use all my vacation time to devote to windsurfing too, whether its competitions or trips. For example this winter I’ll go to South Africa and also make my first trip to Maui this month! Otherwise I don’t travel too much and just sail in front of my house!
Competing is everything to me, and its just living a dream because all the time I spend working and training is focused purely on competing. I love sailing with the other pros and enjoy the spirit amongst all the competitors, and above all of course the feeling you get when you register a good result!
I’m lucky my sponsors contribute towards some competition costs, but it is expensive to do the tour and so I rely on the income from my outside work, and must be responsible for controlling all my own budgets.
But it’s all worthwhile when you experience the highs from seeing a gap in a race or a perfect days conditions and a big sailing day – just as satisfying as when my boss says ‘Good work Nico!’
© PWA / Brian McDowell