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Billbong Pipemasters 2013

It’s been a couple of days now and much has been discussed and debated but after all the reflecting on the Pipemasters’ results is said and done, no one can argue that it wasn’t an epic final day that kept us all on the edge of our seats as we watched with anticipation as to who was going to draw breath coming out of the barrels and who was going to score big or go home. Competitors got to surf a Pipeline that met up to all the expectations predicted by the swell gurus and spectators were treated to a show that exceeded all those expectations. These photos relive some of those moments from Saturday’s unforgettable Billabong Pipemasters 2013.

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Victor Fernández : E42

Look Victor up on the internet and you’ll find scores upon scores of websites featuring him and little wonder as he’s one of the best windsurfers in the industry at this time. PWA Wave World Champion in 2010 as well as many other career results, Victor hasn’t just sat back on his laurels but pushes himself throughout the year sailing all over the world bringing his level higher and higher. Currently in Maui doing the yearly photo-shoots with his sponsors, he’s also been involved in some mesmerizing windsurfing movies such as Minds Wide Open, Rail to Rail & Four Dimensions. Having spent an evening with Victor over a great sushi dinner, we found him to be most humble and friendly despite his great achievements in his career. Wishing him the very best for this year!

If you can read Spanish check out Victor’s website http://www.victore42.com or his blog is mostly translated into English http://www.victore42.com/m-blog/

The Basics:
Name: Víctor Fernández
Age: 27
Nationality: Spain
Status: In a relationship
Where are you currently based? Almería (Spain)
Sponsors: Fanatic/North Sails/Quiksilver
Why are you so passionate about windsurfing? It´s my life.I haven´t found any other sport with this elements.I love it
Most visited website? (Other than Facebook!) www.victore42.com
Three words you believe describe you: Calm,friendly,fun
Three words that others might use to describe you: quiet,lucky,positive
A phrase or motto you live by: Carpediem

Shallow Waters
What was for breakfast this morning? Orange Juice,Coffee latte,jamon Serrano with fresh tomato & olive oil
If you were a superhero, which power would you want to have? The power of wind/waves, to make perfect waves everywhere I want so I can choose right or left,big or small,etc…
You’re going on a windsurfing trip to a desert island, other than your windsurf gear, what 3 things do you take with you? Food,my girlfriend,water
Favorite movie? Favorite song? Avatar,right now LMFAO Party Rock
What one thing can you not live without (non-windsurfing related!) My Iphone
Favorite place to eat. Home
When you travel what don’t you leave home without? Computer
If your life story was being made into a movie, who would play your role? And who would be your leading lady? Angelina Jolie
Who would you like to sit next to on a long haul flight? I would like to sit on first class next to my girlfriend
You have four dinner guests, what’s on the menu? Gazpacho-salad-barbacue beef-ice cream
What poster did you have on your wall growing up? Robby Naish,Jason Polakow,Francisco Goya posters
Favorite or most used app? twitter
Money is no object and you have one of those awesome transporter pods from Star Trek so how would you spend your fantasy 24 hours? Look for empty waves around the planet or different planets
If you were invisible for a day what would you get up to? I would visit mysterious places
What song reminds you of summertime? Everybody goes surfing
Do you do any other sports? Yes,Surf,SUP,Tennis,Golf,Beach Volley,Basketball
What would you do if you won the lottery? I´d do the same
If I take a look inside your refrigerator what would I find? not so much right now cause I´m at home just for a week ☺,some drinks as water, ice tea, milk ,turkey, yogurts, vegetables.
If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be? VF story

Windsurfing
How long have you been windsurfing? 22 years
Where is your favourite windsurfing spot and why? Maui,quantity and quality of waves/wind
What equipment are you sailing on at this current time? Fanatic Boards and North Sails
If you have a number on your sails, what is the significance of the number you selected? E 42,I like 4&2 I think they are my lucky numbers ☺
Who was your inspiration when you started windsurfing and why? Francisco Goya and Jason Polakow.They both have an incredible style in their sailing,I watched their videos thousands of times being a kid,they both rip¡
What’s your preference? Multi-fin or single fin? Jumping or wave-riding? Right now multifin but I´m always trying different combinations.I have a bit more priority in waveriding but I miss jumping after 1 week of only riding.
What advice do you have for someone who’s starting out in windsurfing and would like to progress in the sport? Just have fun,go for it and enjoy your moment,windsurfing is unreal
Which move are you currently trying to master? I´m trying to make my first push forward but I work every move,every day the wind & waves are different so I just have fun trying different stuff
Windsurfing was a hugely popular sport in the 80s. Do you believe it will make a comeback and if so how can people help this along? I believe it can become more popular again,the sport is always there,the level is much higher
If you could do it all over again is there anything you would change about your windsurfing career? Not much¡I´m very fortunate of what I have.
What is your most vivid or favourite memory of a personal windsurfing moment? My first PWA victory at Pozo Izquierdo in 2007 and my PWA Wave World Title 2010
Where was your scariest ride? Tell us a little about the experience. I guess my first time at Jaws last year.We took a boat with Jason Prior from Maliko to Jaws passing that channel with double mast high waves in both sides.That was the scariest part. Riding the wave was the most fun part
If you weren’t a windsurfer, what would you be doing? It´s hard to know but when I was a child I would have liked to be a tennis player but most of the time when I was training it was windy so it was annoying for tennis and I was missing the windsurf¡
Which windsurfing move do you wish you had invented? Back loop and double forward
Do you have any lucky charms when you sail? I don´t
What has been your biggest windsurfing achievement to date? World Champion
What are you doing when you’re not windsurfing? Training at the gym,surfing,SUP,Tennis,watching movies,travelling with my girlfriend,having a coffee,etc…
If you could interview another windsurfer, what one question would you like to ask them? this is hard,we all get same questions all the time ☺
Do you enjoy the travelling that goes hand in hand with windsurfing and what tips do you have with traveling with windsurf gear? This is most of the time the worst part for us but it´s probably the hardest part of our work,checking and carrying so much gear but then is all more positive
What challenges have you encountered in your windsurfing career? And how did you overcome them and what lessons did you learn? I guess when you start in any sport is always hard.You have to put a lot of effort,energy and be positive even when you don´t have sponsors at the beginning and you have to share everything with other guys to travel around,car,food,accommodation,etc…but I think is worth it if you really love it.If you work hard results will come.
What kind of training do you do, be it physical or mental, to keep you in shape for windsurfing? I do train 4 to 5 days a week at the gym with Core,running,swimming,some weights when I´m home or in a place like Maui when we have no contest and I have time to prepare it but the most important thing to windsurf constantly to don´t loose the feeling in the water.
What are your favorite conditions to sail in? I guess side shore wind portak,4.5 sail and 81 lt board
What are the biggest misconceptions about being a pro? sometimes a miss home
As a pro, what have been your highlights as a windsurfer? And the low points? The evolution of the moves,equipment,new spots¡The low points maybe just a bit disappointed about the small wave tour we have.I miss a proper wave world tour with 8 or 10 wave contests.

Deep Waters
What is the kindest thing someone has ever done or said to you? You are an example for me,never change
What was the last book you read & what was the last movie you watched? La Sombra del Viento,Infierno Blanco
What is your favorite childhood memory? Weekends at the camping where I grew up as a child with family and friends
What do you see yourself doing in 10 years from now? Still a bit far away,many things can happen so I don´t know yet.
If you had to live your life over again what would you change about it? Nothing,I am a happy boy¡

And Finally…
I’m a big believer in….every day
Call me crazy but…. i´m not
My favorite place on earth is… at home
My parents are….the best¡
I could never….stop windsurfing
I’ve always wanted to….get better better Life is nothing without…. Joy
Today I will…. Go to the cinema 🙂
The internet is….crazy
If I had the power I would change…. things
I am…. Ready for action

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Bernd Roediger

Hopefully I won’t embarrass Bernd too much when I say Paul & I remember him sailing Ho’okipa as a 9 year old when his dad, Norman, was still rigging his gear and helping him carry it down to the beach! We got to see Bernd do his first forward loop and remember him with a lot LESS hair!! Six years on and the progress he has made is amazing – he’s rigging his own gear and occasionally gets to de-rig his dad’s too! 😉 Joking aside, Bernd has fast become one of the top youths on the windsurfing & SUP circuit and is definitely a force to be reckoned with. He’s a regular fixture at Ho’okipa, training almost on a daily basis. His style and his sailing are both strong and consistent and it’s a rare occasion when Bernd isn’t out in the water windsurfing, SUP or surfing. Not only does he excel as a waterman but has a wise head on young shoulders and is a true credit to his parents….. Bernd writes a mean interview too!

Recently Bernd got sponsored by Quatro & Goya so although we have lots of awesome shots of Bernd only a couple of them are on his current gear so a big thanks to Norman Roediger for the first two windsurfing shots we’re featuring in this interview.

Bernd Roediger

THE BASICS

Name: Bernd Roediger

Age: 15

Nationality: USA

Status: Single

Where are you currently based? Hookipa, then I have to sleep at my house in Kahului! Haha

Sponsors: Quatro, Goya, Quiksilver, Powerex, Kaenon, and MFC.

Why are you so passionate about windsurfing? I’m passionate about windsurfing for a lot of reasons. But I think the most prominent reason is windsurfers. We are all diehard fans! Each and every one of us windsurfs because we love to windsurf! Windsurfing right now is a small sport, a really tight group of passionate “water people”, and we all share a common love for the wind and the waves. It’s really special to be part of a group like that!

Most visited website? (Other than Facebook!) Twitter… Haha! I would like to say its probably my Online School’s official website K12.com… But it’s probably more along the lines of the Hookipa Beach Cam!

Three words you believe describe you: Pretty, Cool, Dude

Three words that others might use to describe you: Lots, Of, Hair

A phrase or motto you live by: I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times. -Bruce Lee

Bernd Roediger

SHALLOW WATERS:

You’re going on a windsurfing trip to a desert island, other than your windsurf gear, what 3 things do you take with you? That’s tough; mainly because I already live on a pretty much deserted island. I think I would have to bring my stand up board obviously! My iPhone, how else would I tweet my epic sessions! And I think I’d bring my Dad…

What song reminds you of summertime? I don’t know… Summers here are quiet, lonely, and slow. A lot of the times the warm sun shines down on empty streets; devoid of the hustle and bustle of the wave season. Summer for me feels like a time of resting and reflecting… I think “Somebody That I Used to Know” is a good one…

You have four dinner guests, what’s on the menu? My Dad’s seared Ahi for appetizers, some Tempura: shrimp, carrots, onions, and sweet potato that my Mom makes; and maybe some Soba noodles on the side if my Mom is up to it…

Bernd Roediger

WINDSURFING:

Do you have any lucky charms when you sail? “My Knife!” Haha I don’t trust in trinkets or charms or anything like that… But I am very particular about my equipment, so much so that if my boom is too low or my mast base too far forward; I have to go in and change it or else I’ll be fussing over it for my whole session!

Where was your scariest ride? Tell us a little about the experience. My scariest ride by far was an air I did earlier this season. It was a scary big day, the kind that make you cringe way you first catch a glimpse of the break. The kind that make you fumble with simple tasks like rigging because your mind is elsewhere. The kind that make you not want to even think about airing! But today was different because I was mad. I had gotten burned by a bunch of pros that were out there that day, and with good reason! I was running scared out there, kicking out of good waves, taking bad ones, and generally messing things up for everyone out there. So I went in, sat on the beach, and tried to give myself a little pep talk. But my head wasn’t in the game that day, my brain as misty as the spray coming off of the monsters flaunting their power in front of me. I paced, swam, ate a snack. Nothing worked. So I tried the last resort, meditation. At no significant moment I took a deep breath, opened my eyes, felt the light beam down on me, and said to myself: “That did not do anything, moron.” So there I was, going out, my last chance, making it out through the break, seeing a set, bucking up, tacking, seeing Levi already on it, kicking out, falling, cursing as loud as I could underwater, and heading back out. Something had to change; something had to happen right now. So I took a set, my head ablaze with rage, and gunned down the line. I saw the lip, hit it with all of my built up passion, and aired, aired, aired! My stomach turned as I lifted into the sky. I looked down at the stampede of white beasts that churned in the whitewater below me, fearing the worst I braced for impact. My board drifted like a falling leaf on the way down, then impact. The first thing that happened was disastrous; my foot came clean out of the foot strap, my back leg dangling in the air! As the whitewater kicked me up and down like a piston, I struggled to find foot placement. I found the pad as a feeling of weightlessness hit me, the whitewater licked at my foot as it shot me in the air! My backhand ripped free of the boom, my head tossing forward into the sail, feet flying. I lost it, went under, got pounded by the wave. I came up smiling, happy, finally on top of my fears, at least for today.

Which windsurfing move do you wish you had invented? I wish I would have invented the Goiter. For me it’s the coolest move in windsurfing, by far the most satisfying to land, which for me doesn’t happen often! Haha Seriously though, there is something about how cool it is to see someone do it, and how it feels to do it, that is so edgy and radical, by far my favorite move.

Bernd Roediger by Amorphia Photography

DEEP WATER:

What accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction in your life? I measure my successes on the successes that I can recognize… You know, when I was eight I got my first little sponsorship with Starboard. They sent me a 49-liter Prokids Acid. Coolest kids board on the market back then, something any kid would die to have. That day my Dad put the foot straps on, screwed in the fin, and my Mom took our pictures. And you know what I did? I asked my Mom if I could go ride my bike. And you could imagine my Dad was so mad. Here’s a guy who loved windsurfing as a kid, worshipped it, and would give anything for a Mistral Diamond Head in his day. But I was stupid kid who had no idea what had been given to him, who wasn’t trying to be rude, but just didn’t realize how much of a big deal this was! And we see it all the time on TV; people who take for granted what others would give everything for. I’m glad that my Dad grounded me for the next week after that, I’m glad that I learned to at least try and understand how lucky I am. Lucky to live where I live, do what I do, and have the opportunities that I have right now.

What was the last book you read & what was the last movie you watched? I just got done reading the Hunger Games… And I was disappointed! Haha! But I watched Money Ball last night and thought that it was pretty epic. Really loved the story. I thought it was super inspiring, the kind of movie that you think about for hours after watching it!

If you find yourself getting burned out or are stuck in a rut, what do you do to revitalize yourself or snap out of it? I get stuck in ruts a lot. I’m the kind of person who surfs better than he’s ever surfed before, and then goes out the next day and blows it completely! When I was a kid I would get really frustrated, and I doubted myself a lot. You know, it’s hard because when you are struggling internally like that it seems like no one can help! That’s why I think that mental focus is the most difficult thing to master, some people have it, and some people have to work on it! I’m one of the people that really just has to work at it, but over time I have learned a lot about myself; the things that get me in the right state of mind, and the things that put me in a place that I don’t want to be! It takes a lot of time, but that inner struggle is something that I think defines me, and in that way I feel really lucky.

Bernd Roediger by Amorphia Photography

Please finish all these sentences:

I’m a big believer in…. Ramen Noodles, seriously they work wonders!

Call me crazy but…. If Ramen is bad, I don’t want to be right!

My favorite place on earth is…. Japan, where there are so many noodle shops!

My parents are…. Really trying to get me to stop eating noodles all the time.

I could never…. Give up those noodles, they are a miracle food!

I’ve always wanted to…. Eat Ramen for dinner but that will never happen in this house!

Life is nothing without…. A steamy bowl of noodles and CNN at 12:30 in the afternoon.

Today I will…. Eat a sandwich because we ran out of noodles, convenient for my parents!

The internet is…. A really good place to find noodles, I should get some…

If I had the power I would…. Get those noodles! But I would need a credit card.

I am…. Very grateful for this interview, thank you to the Fish Bowl Diaries! Give me some noodles…

Bernd Roediger by Amorphia Photography

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