Victor Fernandez current World Champion in Waves got nominated for the 2011 Laureus World Sports Awards. He will join the award ceremony held in Abu Dhabi on the 7th of February. Victor will join the most elite sportsmen and woman from around the world – such as: Rafa Nadel, Sebastian Vettel, Kobe Bryant, Kelly Slater, Lionel Messi and many more. We could still ask Victor a few question before he left to Cape Town:
Q: What exactly you did the last 2 month since you became World Champion?
A: I´ve been at home almost 2 month and right now I just left to Cape Town for 3 weeks. I did a lot of things at home, a lot of celebrations with my family, friends. Also a lot of interviews for the spanish media as newspaper, tv, magazines etc... I also was lucky having some really nice conditions at home for windsurfing with all my windsurf friends,they were so happy for me!
Q: Has life changed?
A: Life has not change so much, only more celebrations than usual but I´m still the same Victor as before I won the title, happy, loving what I do and keep on doing the same things as I did before the title.
Q: We hear that you are nominated for the Laureus Sports Awards. That’s the Oscars for Sportsmen and woman. How does it feel to be recognized as a true champion inside the sports world?
A: I was so surprised when I got the mail of Laureus saying that I´m nominated for such a great event! I knew this nomination from years before where I saw the best sportmans of the world in many disciplines, it´s a great present for me to be nominated and invited for this event in ABU DHABI. I´m also really happy to go in this big event representing Windsurfing and it´s an honour and the best present for me after winning a World Title.
Q: Do you have any names from other nominees?
A: Yes, I´ve got the names of the other nominees; Kelly Slater (Surf), Shaun White (Half Pipe Snowboard), Jamie Bestwick (BMX), Stephanie Gilmore (Surf) and Levi Sherwood (Freestyle Motocross).
Q: Will you be a Sport SuperStar on the event or will you also be a fan and catch maybe yourself a signature?
A: I love sports so I would like to get some pictures together with other nominees as Kelly Slater, Shaun White, Rafa Nadal, Spain Soccer Team, Kobe Bryan, Sebastian Vettel, Lionel Messi, Valentino Rossi between many more, It is a dream!
Q: We hear that you are right now in CapeTown. What are doing there?
A: Yes, I arrived in Cape Town 2 days ago. I came with the Fanatic Team to test some new boards, training and getting some video footage and pictures. This is a great season to come here and we already had some good sailing with a nice swell. There are some big swells coming for the end of the week!
Q: What follows after CapeTown?
A: Second Life! February is the month to travel with the second life team. We want to go back to Cape Verde to score big conditions and also to Morocco. March is Maui time also for the movie and photoshoot time with Fanatic/North Sails.
We are really happy to have a windsurfer representing our sport at the award ceremonies. Show them what Windsurfing is about! - the second life team