At only 18 years old, the young and talented Amado Vrieswijk became the 2013 PWA Freestyle Youth World Champion in Sylt, Germany after only three years on Tour. Being mentally strong, physically gifted and coached by Bonaire's "crème de la crème", Amado has been climbing up the rankings very quickly and has a very promising future ahead of him. In this short interview, we sat down with Amado to discuss his plans for 2014 and beyond. Enjoy!
Starboard: Hi Amado! A little bird told us you were ripping in Bonaire. What new moves have you been trying and landing?
Amado: “At the moment, I'm training to perform my moves perfectly from both sides. My favorite move, the Kabikuchi, is already a success from both sides but it took a while...! Now working hard on the others!"
Starboard: Which events do you hope to attend in 2014?
Amado: “Unfortunately the PWA event in El Yaque, Venezuela is postponed and the one in Podersdorf is canceled, but that gives me the opportunity to attend 2 new events outside the PWA agenda. So I will attend the EFPT event in Podersdorf in April and the IFCA Slalom Worlds, in the beginning of May on the Azores.”
Starboard: Which event are you looking forward to most, and why?
Amado: “I really look forward to the PWA event here on Bonaire. It's nice to travel to different places to compete but after 3 years, it's more than great to have a PWA event back here on Bonaire, on the perfect waters of Sorobon, my hometown!”
Starboard: Which trick is proving difficulty at the moment?
Amado: "The "Bulado" (a spock into air bob into culo) is a challenge for me right now to perform constantly. But I won't give up, just give me a few more windy days!”
Starboard: Who are you training with and are they helping you improve your level ?
Amado: “I always train with all the guys from Bonaire: Kiri (Thode), Taty (Frans), Bjorn (Saragoza) etc. For slalom, I train with young rider Aron Etmon. At the moment a lot of PWA riders are on the island, so we are challenging each other to the max, learning from each other and giving feedback to improve ourselves.”
Starboard: So you also enjoy some slalom sessions? And what about waves?
Amado: “Yes, I love slalom. I'm preparing for the IFCA Worlds right now. I was completely focused on freestyle these past 3 years, but love the speed in slalom racing. The new iSonics, together with the Severne Reflex V sails are speed-machines! When the waves at Lac Bay or on the south-coast are good, a small group of sailors meet and go out into the waves. It's epic to go high!”
Starboard: What other non-windsurfing activities do you do to help you get fit for the season ahead?
Amado: “I study Sports and Movements, so most of my time is spent in school and studying all kinds of sports. Besides that I'm visiting the gym regularly to keep fit and minimize muscle injuries. I love to ride a quad off-road on non windy days.”
Starboard: Who do you look up to in freestyle, and why?
Amado: "For a long time already I admire my friend and World Champion Kiri Thode's smooth style. My goal is to become as good as he is very soon."
Starboard: Which Flare is your favorite and why?
Amado: "The 2014 Flare 91 is a prefect board for me. Although the rails are soft up front, the board accelerates very quickly, with good speed. The pop is amazing. Can't imagine a better board."
Starboard: Hopes and aspirations for 2014?
Amado: "I hope to climb a few steps in the PWA Freestyle ranking this year and improve myself as much as possible as an athlete."
Starboard: Thanks Amado and see you soon in Podersdorf!