Andre driving with Gollito and Sumsi to Lake Garda
C7: How is the Minds Wide Open production running so far?
Andre: We got some amazing footage already and we were pretty lucky everywhere. With Kauli we scored a perfect day on Cape Verde for example. Marcilio showed some incredible performance on Maui and with Gollito we catched some good winds in Egypt. After the Canary Tour Ricardo, Kauli and Victor went to Indo. I already checked all the footage and there is some nice footage from there. Besides we are already editing, working on music and everything else. It feels really unfortunate to not be able to travel and film myself but our team is doing a great job and I am sure that the end result will be again a great movie, which inspires people who like sports.
C7: What does Minds Wide Open mean for you?
Andre: I think these 3 words describe any windsurfer around the world or at least should do. I think this is a major part of our boardsport community. That it offers us to travel and to see different places. Every place is different. Different people, religion, social situation, health situation and it opens your mind to see and experience all of that. And that will help you back in your 2 million home town to enjoy life more.
C7: What is your personal goal with Minds Wide Open?
Andre: Good question. To be honest back in February, I was thinking to stop the project. I got the information that the cancer returned and I felt like this is all going wrong now. But then I thought NO. The guys would be really unhappy, if I would cancel the project, even if they would understand it. But my idea was to give them what they deserve. We are talking of 5 World Champions and 1 who will be World Champion really soon. And most of them had not a full on movie yet. In no other sport a situation like this exists. They are my heroes and they are also heroes for many others, so I thought: We make that movie. We do need to build new icons of windsurfing and this is one step forward.
Me personally I just want to have fun with it. I won´t appear inside the movie and I won´t appear on pictures much so it is fun once the movie is done. You know competing is also lots of fun. You do something, you might win, people admire you, it is all good for your ego a little. But to produce something which makes people happy, which makes people learn something or which makes the winter run quicker, is cool too.
C7: You think the movie will be ready to have its premier show during the PWA event on Sylt?
Andre: Mhm also good question. Well my health problem really set us back full force. I was planed to go to each trip while Sebastian is editing. In February I got to know to end up in hospital till August and plans changed drastically. My plan is to run the movie on Sylt. BUT if we might have not the entire movie ready we will make a sneak preview. We are on a difficult situation, we have so amazing footage that we could do something amazing but that takes time. We also could force it a bit and have it ready for Sylt. But I don´t know. Maybe it is the last time that I have to opportunity to work on a production of this size, together with such amazing new talents. So I prefer to get everything out of our footage. But sure is, the DVD is in your hands beginning of November!
C7: Did you learn something in this past years?
Andre: Being more patient. Don’t take yourself as important. That complaints about unimportant facts like judges, conditions and all that are totally stupid. Doing body checks every half year from now. Don’t look after contracts or financial success too much. Handle the fact of health and the opportunity to do our nice natural sport carefully and enjoy every second.
Thanks for the interview!