For a while it looked as though the wind would kick in but despite teasing the competitors for most of the late morning and afternoon it never properly filled in.
So with the lack of wind we thought it would be a great idea to catch up with Steve Allen for a quick interview about his NEW Air InSide (hollow) Patrick Slalom boards.
Also Chris Yates caught up with Finian Maynard (99NoveNove / Gun Sails), for a really interesting interview. Finn is obviously a multiple-time speed world champion as well as being one of the old guard of the world’s top 10. In recent years he has struggled somewhat in the lighter airs, but over the winter he has taken a radical approach, which has seen him drop 10 kilos in order to try and make himself competitive again in the lighter winds.
Over the winter you switched up your diet – why did you choose to mix things up and what does your new diet consist of?
On the basis of this in La Torche, France, last year I decided to compete for another season, but I also decided that I wanted to lose 10 kilos…
Did you also make some changes to your training routine?
No, I just changed up my diet and kept my normal routine of sailing, running etc.
Do you have a figure in mind that you think is the optimum weight for a slalom sailor right now?
It depends on your body type, but for my body type I would guess about 100kg. I would say for the taller, skinnier guys then around 93-94kg or something like that.
With your change in weight have you changed any of your equipment choices compared to last year?
No I didn’t make any changes actually, so I hope that’s the right choice (laughs). It’s something that I really considered, but I got a little gun shy at the end… I was thinking about taking 9.6m as my biggest, but Gun Sails have a 10m registered and I used that quite a bit last year, so I just angled towards keeping my stuff the same as last year and hope for the best.
So, what board and sail sizes are you running again for the coming season?
Boards wise – 99l, 119l and 139l
Sails wise – 6.3m, 7.1m, 7.8m, 8.6m, 9.6m and 10m
How was your winter training in Tarifa?
Yeah, it was good. We had a really, really windy winter, which is a bit different to the situation we currently have here in Korea.
Have you got any specific aims for the season?
I want to have fun, but I also want to try and realise my potential to get back to the top.