Gaastra/Tabou just announced the recent signing of top wave Pro rider Dario Ojeda (E-211)! Dario, who lives at Maspalomas, Gran Canaria is constantly pushing the envelope to go bigger and raise the bar. Dario finished 6th Place on the PWA Wave Tour in 2011 and looks to only improve for 2012. He finished the 2011 PWA wave event at his home spot Pozo Izquierdo in excellent 3rd position overall. And he is well known as rider, who takes a lot of risk and rides waves really close to the bunker.


Dario goes for a cutback in the bay of Pozo Izquierdo, Gran Canaria (Pic: Gaastra/Tabou 2012).


Here below is an interview to get more infos about him. Soon he will leave Gran Canaria and travel to the neighboured island of Fuerteventura, where the Fuerte Wave Classic will be started on the 17th of March. Dario is the best ranked PWA sailor on the starting list.


Congrats on a solid finish in 2011- were you expecting this result or what were your goals?

Dario Ojeda: Thanks! I worked hard during the beginnig of the year. So this was the result of it.


When you look back on the year, are there any moments that stand out?

Dario Ojeda: Definitively was at Pozo PWA, where I got 3rd place beating big names like Robby Swift, Marcilio Browne, Kauli Seadi and Ricardo Campello.


How about one move that you might have pulled off to make a difference on your overall ranking- where was it and what was it?

Dario Ojeda: I think the moves that gave me those points to win those heats were the doubles Forwards and the 360´s front and backsides.


Dario while an extremely tweaked Pushloop rotation at Pozo (Pic: Gaastra/Tabou 2012).



Of all the places you have been in the world, what location stands out as your favorite sailing spot?

Dario Ojeda: I can’t name one, because there are too many unreal places in the world to choose one. Anyone, where are good waves with wind, is a great spot.


Where are you going to be in the offseason?

Dario Ojeda: Searching for good waves!


What is your favorite board/sail combo and why?

Dario Ojeda:  IQ and 85 Da curve. I use the Iq, because it is a really compact and light sail, really easy to ride. The Da Curve is a board, which turns really good and is incredible easy for tricks in the waves.


Goals for 2012?

Dario Ojeda: Having a lot of fun sailing in spots with good waves and try to do some good results in the events.


© Gaastra/Tabou 2012, Dario Ojeda, 2012