I really enjoyed the racing in Portugal, we had big winds in Korea and now even stronger at this event. Nobody was expecting this wind and the wavy conditions. I think all the racers were pleased to compete here in this wind with 5.6m and 6.4m on our small boards. We had the course right in the waves one of the days, which was spectacular with 35-knot plus winds. I wanted more of that, but the tide came in and the waves calmed down. Unfortunately I crashed with Bruno Martini at the first gybe when we had waves. It is like this; that is racing! I love slalom when it’s blowing 30-40 knots! There is no discussion if the wind is there or not. The wind is there and that is it. I don’t think Matteo is amazingly fast this year, but he is super consistent. You need consistency to be in first place. Pierre is also there, but I think he is a bit behind our level and I see Pascal Toselli as well as a possible contender with very good speed.
“ I love slalom when it’s blowing 30-40 knots! There is no discussion if the wind is there or not. ”