Kevin Pritchard tweaks an Aerial to the max (Pic: Jimmie Hepp)
Continentseven: Will you compete only or will you get out in the break with your water housing and camera as well to deliver sick videos?
Kevin Pritchard: I am going to be doing videos as well. I have a couple other guys helping me so hopefully they will be videoing a lot while I am on the water in the finals!!
Continentseven: How’s the wind and swell forecast for the event period?
Kevin Pritchard: From what I have heard it should be great. It has been so rainy here the last weeks, it is incredible. So I am not super confident in the weather but for the most part we have a good swell forecast so that is one thing that we can be very thankful for.
Continentseven: Are the Maui rippers on form in 016? Will we see locals win?
Kevin Pritchard: You know it is going to be hard to beat Levi or Morgan. Morgan is super consistent, he is the wave whisperer out there, just finding the best waves all the time and ripping them to pieces. Levi, well everyone knows what Levi can do on a wave. He has the experience now and is motivated to crush these guys. I would like to see Brawzinho win in Hawaii, cause the guy rips so damn hard it is crazy, he just needs to get the right waves. Graham would be fun to see do well here. He has been on tour all year long getting a little bit lost in the competitions, and needs to have a breakthrough event. He has a different approach to wave riding in general and is super focused on the mental side of thinking it all through.. that can be good and bad, you don’t really want to overthink it too much, just go out and do what you know how to do, and that is rip. You can never count out the Naish team, Bernd and Kai. They might not be getting too much hype, but they both rip so hard and are competing in the SUP which gains them competition knowledge. Bernd knows how to windsurf and compete and I could see him doing well.
Continentseven: Any news from the locals? Gear updates (fin setups, shorter boards, sponsor changes).
Kevin Pritchard: I haven’t seen any sponsor changes. The locals? hmmm.. I think they are going to have some fun out there. (e.n.: Canadian Ingrid Larouche switched from NorthSails to EzzySails and Josh Angulo tests S2Maui sails at the moment, Boujmaa Guilloul experiments with his single fin setup)
Continentseven: Who will win the PWA title? Fernandez or Mussolini?
Kevin Pritchard: I think Victor is going to win. He has what it takes, is super calm under pressure, he has been giving it his all coming here for the last few winters and pushing hard at Ho’okipa. It should be fun. You can never count out Musso though. He used to live here when he was young, knows the place and knows how to crush it at Ho’okipa.
(e.n.: Victor Fernandez already has one-hand on the world title heading into the final event of the year after no result was gained in La Torche, France. The Spaniard is guaranteed a minimum total of 6,201 points with the discard — meaning the only way Alex Mussolini can deny Fernandez a second world crown is by winning the NoveNove Aloha Classic and hoping that Fernandez finishes fourth or worse. In the event of a Mussolini victory and Fernandez finishing fourth, the two sailors would finish tied on 6,201 points, so if there are suitable conditions, the title race would then be decided with a nail-biting sail off.)