DAY 1 : GOLDEN SUNSHINE AND AN EVENING OF INSANE TOW IN ACTION.
The opening day of the Surf World Cup was blessed with scorching sunshine and a gentle refreshing breeze, as temperatures hit 30 degrees. Sailors spent the morning registering for the upcoming competition, whilst the afternoon proved to be a relaxing affair, as sailors and spectators both took the opportunity to soak up some rays.
Although no heats could be sailed today, the atmosphere surrounding the event was buzzing with excitement. With plenty on offer to keep everyone on the event site entertained, from Stand Up Paddle boarding to windsurfing clinics with Colin Dixon and Marco Wedele, or simply just enjoying a glass of champagne in the sunshine.
With ample time on standby and the fantastic weather all day long, we went out and about to catch up with a few people. First up we talked to the radical Davy Scheffers (Tabou / Gaastra);
PWA: You performed extremely well here last year, finishing third, are you happy to be back and are you feeling confident going into the new season?
Davy Scheffers: “Of course I’m happy to be back, last year was an amazing event, i totally didn’t expect to finish where I did. I feel really confident but everyone else is also training, so no-one stands still. Some of the guys are ripping really hard on the water, it’s going to be interesting to see the new level of everyone. As I said last year was unexpected, and hopefully this year will be the same or even better. All the doors are open right now.”
PWA : Where did you go for your winter training in the close season?
Davy Scheffers: “First of all I went to Egypt, then France and Brazil, where we tested the new boards. For Christmas and New Year I stayed at home and that was pretty cool. Afterwards I went to South Africa, Cape Town, for training. Here I had some amazing times and I sailed in the waves. I then returned to Egypt, which is good but not so special. The last 3 weeks at home were the best.”
PWA: Today’s been quite a relaxed day, what have you been up to?
Davy Scheffers: ‘Today we’ve been filming for Chasing The Dream. We will bring out our first broadcast video tonight. We’ve also been hanging out on the beach, watching the amazing lifestyle, there’s so many chicks now, I like it. I love it here because there’s always something to do, it feels like home.”