It´s lunch time at Jinha for Pierre and Antoine (Pic: Carter/PWA).
C7: A last question! What is your favourite tourstop on the PWA racing circuit?
Pierre: It´s definitely Sotavento at Fuerteventura.
Antoine: To me it´s Westerland on Sylt!
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The PWA press officer Andrew Buchanan made as well an interview with both of them on the same day. Read the interview below.
PWA: Pierre, you won the second race elimination here in Korea, did you expect to do so well in these conditions?
PM: I really like the conditions we get here in Korea. In the race final I had my 7.8m and 111cm board, so my medium board and sail combination. They worked really well in the conditions we had; the water state is pretty flat here. In the race I was lucky to get a really good start, and I had good speed down the first leg, and when I saw I Icould move up the fleet into first place at mark one, I managed to do a really good gybe to put me into the lead on the second leg. It was then I realised that it was going to be possible to win my first race final. It was a great feeling!
PWA: Now you’ve seen that you can beat guys like Antione Albeau and Björn Dunkerbeck, do you think it will give you more confidence racing, and potentially lead to more race wins?
PM: I think so, and I certainly hope so, but it is really difficult to beat these guys. They have so much experience, and amazing board speed. But since last year, I have been sailing in more and more winner’s finals, and gaining more experience. Last year I got a third place in one of the race eliminations in Fuerte, and now I have arrived here and won a race. I know it is my first, but hopefully it won´t be the last, as things are moving in the right direction now.
PWA: Over to you Antoine, you had a great second race here as well, finishing in third. Did you train specifically for these conditions before coming out here?
AQ: I really like the conditions we get here at Jinha Beach. They are really similar to the conditions I get back in Brittany, so it was really easy for me to prepare for coming out here by just sailing at home. On the second day we had really good conditions for racing, so I could put all my practice into action in my heats. It was really good to have it pay off by coming third in the elimination.
PWA: Do you think you’ll be able to post more podium finishes out here if conditions stay the same?
AQ: That depends. The start is so important out here. My speed around the course is ok, so it all depends on if I can get a good start. If I can take a good start and enter the first gybe in a good position, then I think I stand a chance of posting more podium results. So for me, the start and first mark are where things are decided. I can´t rely on my board speed alone, there is more to it than that.
PWA: Do you have a favorite event on the World Tour?
AQ: That´s a tough question, but if i had to pick one it would be Sylt. It´s a bit cold there, but I love the atmosphere. There are so many people watching from the beach, and there are so much energy surrounding the event. I really like it.
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