Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (ARG-3) just won the Formula Experience World Championships (a Formula one design class) title in Brazil and the South American Formula Championships in his home country Argentina. The Argentinian is known as one of the most experienced Slalom and Formula racers and he finished the 2013 PWA Slalom tour in 6th place and made it in second place at the Formula Worlds in Viganj, Croatia.
Tecno 293, RS:X, RS:ONE, Formula Experience, Kona, Phantom, Windsurfer Class. The recipient might be confused. Even the windsurfers are confused. We hooked up with “Gonzo”, who made a short trip into the one design world, to find out more about “one design” classes. Is one design fairer, is it comparable to Slalom and what’s about the fun and adrenaline?
Continentseven: Congratulations, to the Formula Experience World Championships. Did you expect to win?
Gonzalo Costa Hoevel: Thanks, I am really happy to have won. It was a super nice event, a perfect location and great atmosphere! I expected to do well but off course I had expectations to win. I knew that there were some riders like Paulo dos Reis from Brazil who has been doing some events in FE so he had more knowledge than me so it was a bit uncertain if I could go for a win or not. It was super easy to adapt to the FE equipment. After 30 minutes of sailing I felt super used to the gear and actually was impressed how nice it was.
Continentseven: How much value has this world champion title for you?
Gonzalo Costa Hoevel: It is always nice to become a world champion! I won last year (2012) the IFCA slalom World Championships and even if there was not super high level it was nice. I made some podiums in Formula worlds, too like this year with a second in Viganj, Croatia. But second is not first!!!
Continentseven: Did you ever train on the FE gear before or did you know the spot?
Gonzalo Costa Hoevel: No, I arrived the day before the event started. So I had one day of training and getting used to it, but as I said it took me 20 minutes to adapt to it at the most.