Continentseven: Are you scared out there and how do you cope with fear?
Sarah Hauser: Yes it’s very scary out there. When I pump to get myself into a wave, for half a second there is a part of me who wants to run away. I haven’t wiped out at Peahi yet. I don’t even know if my body can handle it. Davide Carrera says “once we accept the idea of death, we live better and deeper”. I think that’s how I cope with fear: by accepting that what I fear might happen. It doesn’t mean that I don’t care about my life, quite the opposite: until I die I want to enjoy life to the fullest and not miss things because of fear.
Continentseven: Did you already have any troubles out there at Jaws?
Sarah Hauser: On my first session the wind completely died. I missed a wave and had to dive under the next one. I was on the shoulder enough so that I didn’t get pounded. But my gear did. My carbon boom got sliced on each side, mast and sail got destroyed too.
"When I see her fall in the impact zone anywhere when it’s big I’m never exactly comfortable until I see her up and out of harm’s way." Casey Hauser
Continentseven: You are the only woman out there in these gigantic sets of waves, the home turf of the big watermen. Do you get enough respect?
Sarah Hauser: Well in 2013 Katie McAnena was out there too! And Vickey Abbott moved from Capo Verde to Maui last year and bought a jet ski, she’ll be getting sick rides at Peahi very soon! But generally when it’s big on Maui the guys are awesome. They give tips and cheer. Nobody tries to steal my waves or anything like that. There is a very good vibe on the water.
Continentseven: What are your future plans, maybe traveling with Jason Polakow around the globe hunting for the biggest waves?
I’d love too! Hahaha… It’s not easy being a female pro windsurfer. Every year it’s a fight to find the budget to train, travel, compete or just live. Hopefully the movie “Girl on Wave”
that I’ve been working on will help bring some more attention around our sport which is so beautiful.
I’m planning a trip to my home spots in New Caledonia this year. Then I will do the first 3 stops of the AWT in Oregon and California. Hopefully after that I will be able to make it to Europe and enter the PWA competitions in Pozo and Tenerife. Then I might be invited to an event in French Polynesia, then maybe a trip to Baja and then Maui!
Continentseven: Thanks for the interview and good luck for your next rides!