“The Podium” is the tenth episode of #Windsurflife by Polish pro windsurfer Maciek Rutkowski, who dives right into his PWA World Cup podium fight. Maciek became the first ever Polish racer to get into the top 3 of a Slalom World Cup and won an elimination. It’s very hard to make it into a final, but it’s even harder to win an elimination. Maciek gives a recap on his career highlight. But what’s more important in these days of the Corona virus crisis is, that Maciek made it back home to Poland in time.

Hope everyone is safe and home. I personally managed to escape the Canaries with the last available flight to Poland and have been put in quarantine in Warsaw, Poland. Like policemen checking on me everyday and stuff. Crazy times! So I managed to organize everything. Yeah lets see how the situation unfolds. I have a feeling windsurfing might not be people’s top priority in the coming time… Hope im wrong!! But I spent the last 3 days very usefully and created this mini documentary about my 3rd place in PWA Denmark last year. Its quite emotional and has a lot of ups and downs – I’m quite proud of how it came out actually!

The back end of last year was amazing for me. After a few years of competing full time on the PWA tour I’ve come really close many times to get some great results. But, there was always a “but”. A little detail here a big meltdown there, a piece of trash in Korea, whatever it was there was always something in the way, even if at times I felt like I had the skill to compete with the best. That didn’t change but I managed to work out the “buts” and finally get some strong results in the bag in 2019. The cherry on top of that cake? PWA Denmark. But as you will see in my new video, it was still a hell of a rollercoaster with a ton of stress and big emotions. But I guess that’s what I live for, that thrill of competing and no matter the result it always feels good to battle the best in the world. Hope you enjoy the video and hope everybody stays safe in this uncertain time! Maciek Rutkowski 

THE PODIUM – WINDSURFLIFE Episode 10 (special) by Polish pro windsurfer Maciek Rutkowski