intervjuu UK Quatro sõitja Jamie Hancock’iga

kris kirjutas on Saturday May 23, 2009 rubriigis intervjuud võttis ühendust hetkel UKWA lainesõidutuuri juhtiva Jamie Hancock’iga. Iiri etapi võitja ning Rhosneigr’i võistlusel teiseks tulnud Jamie vastas hea meelega meie küsimustele. Hi Jamie, first of all congrats on your success at the UKWA tour! How did it feel to beat such guys like Skye, Horroks and Proffit in those epic conditions?
Jamie: Yea it was great, these guys sail all year round and compete on the world tour so to win it felt great! Despite generally ripping, they are also good competitors so to do well against them in competition is a mega bonus. What do you have to say about the conditions in Ireland and do you think the weather favored your riding style?
Jamie: I think so, I love sailing in ‘down the line’ conditions but I guess most of the guys do. I had fun sailing, despite it being during heats, which definitely helps cause if your not enjoying it then its likely to show during your heats.

My boards also help a lot as they totally rip. It gave me a massive advantage with the wave riding as they can turn a lot tighter which gave me full confidence throughout the event. What do you think, did the second place at Rhosneigr give you good chances to clinch the overall title?
Jamie: At the moment it leaves me 1st overall, so I guess I couldn’t be in a better position going into the final 2 events. But the others are close behind so there won’t be room for many mistakes. It will be close but I have everything crossed that I can win the title and I’ll be going to the events looking to win both. Which gear did you use in the two competitions?
Jamie: I competed throughout both events on my 3.3m and 3.7m Gun Steel along with my 65 litre twin Quatro. They were both pretty windy events which proved tricky at times with it reaching over 50 knots!! And finally, what is your view, are the twinfins here to stay?
Jamie: Yes. The twins are definitely helping people all round the world improve their wave sailing and I know that they have helped improve mine. But single fins are always going to have their place in a lot of conditions as it is most importantly about the shape of the board.

I know that the guys at Quatro are always looking to improve and provide better and better designs and shapes so I wouldn’t be surprised if ‘tri’ and ‘quad’ fins become a more common option. With guys like Levi and Keith constantly pushing the progression of board designs and styles, taking them from the shaping room to Hookipa, I’m sure we’ll see more and more new innovations. Whether they work better or not who knows. For now, I still have a lot to master with single and twin fins!!