In Tenerife I had a problem getting speed, my new boards were not really made for these sort of waves. Luckily I brought my Maui board, I did not think it would work here but it actually does. It has a lot of curve. It is tough to create speed here because the wind is kind of onshore and there is no power in the wave. It is tough. You also need a bigger sail. I always take a size bigger sail than normal here. You really need that power in the sail. I try to stay high on the wave, if you know a good gust is coming you can go lower and have more drive but it is tricky. I use quads, all my boards are quads, I am not into thrusters. My Ho’okipa board is a bit small at 82 litres but it works fine when the wind is there. At this competition some of the heats were sailed in very marginal conditions. Brawzinho and Philip were on 5.5m and 5.7m and neither of them could plane. Philip nailed a double on the first ramp but after that the wind died. It is what it is!
“ I always take a size bigger sail than normal.”