JP-Australia and NeilPryde team rider Ricardo Campello talks out about windsurfing’s famed high wind hot spot, Pozo Izquierdo.
Q: You are one of the stars of Pozo, how do you like sailing there?
RC: “Pozo is one of my favourite spots, the power of the wind is just amazing and very different from other spots. Jumping in Pozo is like a dream, it is like floating and for me this tack for jumping is my favourite so it’s great!”
Q: What are the best conditions for you in Pozo?
RC: “3.7 a bit powered up with lots of waves coming through.”
Q: The more wind, the better?
RC: “Well, this depends. When it’s super super windy it starts to get dangerous. You don’t really have control and it is very uncomfortable to sail. I like power in my sail but not extremely strong.”
Q: What equipment do you like best for Pozo?
RC: "My Firefly 3.7 and my small twin fin board."
Q: What was your best Pozo moment?
RC: "I think it was last year when I tried the triple. I was super happy and felt pretty good and just a few days before I got second on the wave event so that was good!"
Q: It seems you never really hurt yourself, how's that?
RC: “Well I guess I’ve been a bit lucky! I do hurt myself but just nothing serious yet, thank god!
Q: When doing doubles, you seem to have the perfect control. Do you know exactly what is going on?
RC: “Well, I really like to see myself sailing on videos and like that you learn a lot. I guess this helps. With the doubles before I used to go for it and just close my eyes but now I don’t know why I have good control. To be honest I don’t have an answer for that! It is just natural I guess and maybe by trying it a lot I got used to it!”
Q: You seemed to be on fire last year, were you just enjoying yourself more or were you more focused on doing well?
RC: “I don’t really know... I was super motivated and was enjoying myself on the water. I think once you are doing well on an event it makes things much easier!”
Q: Do you get more motivated knowing there's a lot of people watching from the arena?
RC: “Definitely! It really helps when there are people watching because you want to look good. But even more important is that you want to do well for yourself of course.”
Umi Pictures have pieced together a great movie clip of Campello putting his 3.7m through its paces at Pozo. Check it out HERE.