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LIVE Chat: Sarah-Quita Offringa Tonight 7pm

18:03 18th September 2012 by Amy Carter
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LIVE Chat with Sarah-Quita Offringa – Tuesday 18th September 7:00pm (UK time).

The chat with multiple freestyle, and 2011 slalom, world champion will take place right here this coming Tuesday. Simply type your questions for Sarah-Quita at the bottom of this post…

Sarah-Quita

Sarah-Quita takes the win. Image credit PWA/JC.

Name: Sarah-Quita Offringa

Sail number: ARU91

Country: Aruba

Residence: Utrecht, Netherlands

Disciplines: freestyle, slalom

Results: 5x freestyle world champion 2008-2012. 1x slalom world champion 2011.

Sponsors: Starboard, Gaastra, Chris Benz, Maui Ultra Fins, Mystic.

 

  1. Amy Carter - Editor

    Thanks for all the questions, and thank you very much to Sarah-Quita of course/ This live chat is now finished, look forward to seeing you all at the next one.

  2. Windriders

    What do you think is more important at the top, good equipment or good racking skils?

    1. Sarah-Quita Offringa

      In freestyle it’s definitely skills. You can still compete and win on 5 year old equipment… i think. In slalom the equipment plays a bigger role. But even so if you don’t have the technique or skills then even the best equipment wouldn’t be of use..

      1. Sarah-Quita Offringa

        oh ! for the top guys in slalom for example.. I would say tuning the equipment is the most important though… they definitely have te skills and experience

  3. Tom

    Whats you favourite freestyle move to do and why?

    1. Sarah-Quita Offringa

      Shaka’s are awesome ! because you float through the air. and kono’s are amazing because you completely lose your sens of gravity untill you land again.

  4. Mystery man

    I hear theres an EFPT event in the UK on the 3rd november, someone asked earlier if hou would enter one and you said maybe, if you couold with uni. Could we be seeing you in the UK for that event? It would be great to have you over!

    1. Sarah-Quita Offringa

      I will look into that ! my last exam for this emester is on the 4th of november tho…

  5. "I just can´t stop loving you"

    So, what´s about that special aura that surrounds you? Where that comes from? What inspires you? Any people to look up to? You´re always smiling…Are there any global problem that affects you in particular? We know you´re a “windsurfing machine” but also a great Human Being…Thanks for bringing the Magic back to the Beach!!! ;-)

    1. Sarah-Quita Offringa

      Oh ! Thanks for the nice comments !
      I think the main thing is just that I have a lot of love for the sport and the people in it. I can definitely say that being on tour and windsurfing has brought me a lot of things to be happy about and i wouldn’t trade all of those experiences for anything in the world….You automatically smile all day then hahaha

  6. Amy Carter - Editor

    10 more minutes in the chat guys, last opportunity to get questions in for Sarah

  7. Fearless

    Are you happy with all your gear? Anything you would change? What sails do you use?

    1. Sarah-Quita Offringa

      Happy !? I LOVE my freestyle sails. I think the pure’s are hands down the best sails for freestyle sails. And the slalom sails are clearly working well after winning in Turkey ;-)

  8. Fred

    You said you play tennis too, do you compete in this? Are we going to lose you to tennis now you are in holland and now by the sea?

    1. Sarah-Quita Offringa

      Nooo.. I don’t compete in tennis… but it’s definitely one of my favorite pass times.

  9. James P

    Who are the toughest competition in the slalom? You seem to have really great board speed comepared to the other girls? Any secrets?

    1. Sarah-Quita Offringa

      KArin jaggi and valeri have the most experience and are therefore the toughest competitors! but the french girls and the turkish ladies like lena and cagla are pushing as well… Slalom is very technical so tuning your equipment is very important and helps speedwise.. besides that.. I think it’s technique

  10. Time and tide

    How did you celebrate winning the world title this year?

    1. Sarah-Quita Offringa

      I have not… yet. I am planning on celebrating it soon tho !!

  11. Rob

    Are you nervous before you race or have a heat? How do you keep calm?

    1. Sarah-Quita Offringa

      Yes I do get nervous… but it’s more like being excited to get on the water and do what I do best! I talk to myself a lot during competion to motivate myself( guess it looks like I’m mumbling when I’m walking on the beach)

  12. Spindoctor

    Where would you love there to be more freesle stops on the tour?

    1. Sarah-Quita Offringa

      hmmmm…… in the caribbean for sure :-) OR DAHAB !!

  13. Alain

    Every time i try spock540 i always fall at the last bit, any tips?

    1. Sarah-Quita Offringa

      I think you need to lean on your back foot… so towards the direction you’re supposed to go in the end

  14. JLZ

    Aruba and bonaire always seems to have awesome young kids coming up, why do you think there are so many? And who is ripping over there now?

    1. Sarah-Quita Offringa

      it’s warm, windy pretty much all year long and the water is shallow. In Bonaire windsurfing is pretty much the national sport and guys like taty, tonky and kiri are hero’sthere so it attracts a lot of kids.. In Aruba we have some youngster doing really well in both slalom and freestyle, ethan westera, mathias verploeg, mack ennick van den eermebeemt etc. in bonaire, amado, youp, chepi and more ! keep looking out for them !

      1. Sarah-Quita Offringa

        oohhh and steven max offcourse!

  15. Maaike

    What will be a good place for freestyling in the winter? christmas holidays and voorjaarvakantie(february)

    1. Sarah

      and end of october/november

      1. Sarah-Quita Offringa

        ??

        1. Amy Carter - Editor

          I think Maaike was asking where is good for holidays, and then Sarah had the same question but would also like to know good spots for october and november? Am I correct?

    2. Sarah-Quita Offringa

      jericoacoara is windy everyday from august till december. ( kind of crowded though and sometimes hard to learn new moves..) Then from January on the caribbean starts getting good. To be very honest to learn new moves bonaire wouldbe the best. but Aruba and El yaque will be windy as well… I don’t know much about the spots in Europe

      1. Sarah-Quita Offringa

        Hopefully it answers both your quetsions then !

    3. Sarah-Quita Offringa

      Jericoacoara is windy everyday from august till december. ( kind of crowded though and sometimes hard to learn new moves..) Then from January on the caribbean starts getting good. To be very honest to learn new moves bonaire wouldbe the best. but Aruba and El yaque will be windy as well… I don’t know much about the spots in Europe

      1. Sarah

        thank you

  16. JLZ

    How long is it since you have been beaten in freestyle? Do you think one of the other girls could beat you soon? If so who?

    1. Sarah-Quita Offringa

      It’s been 5 years now ! In competition..anybody can win.. you have a good day you win. bad day you lose… Laure is riipiin though, yoli has all the switch moves down and arrianne aukes is making so much progress. so I’m definitely lookin out for them

  17. Tim

    How do you think we get more girls to do freestyle competitions? And get the level of womens freestyle higher across the board?

    1. Sarah-Quita Offringa

      pff…. I have the idea that women see freestyling as a huge obstacle or barrier…I think I’m lucky I grew up with it and learnt while having fun with my friends on the water…. that’s the way to go as well… go out and have fun. practice with somebody else. It’ll motivate you. Organizing womens camps or just events for women where we can motivate each other seems to me a good way to go ?

  18. Quincy Offringa

    What up What up sista :P . I don’t have any questions for you, just passing by to say HELLO!!!

    1. Sarah-Quita Offringa

      Aw0o0o0o0ooraaaaaaaaa

  19. 720

    Who did you learn how to slalom sail from? And how are you still sailing so well if you are rarely on the water?!?!

    1. Sarah-Quita Offringa

      Slaaalom… Has been a lot of in put from sooo many people ! From rigging my sail to positioning my boom and footstraps, what fins to use to learning the proper slalom stance… and off course competing has accelerated the learning proces! I take all the info I can get and try it out. I have asked myself the same question…. Been windsurfing for 10 years now… so I guess the technique never leaves..

  20. Sofia Pl

    I am windsurfing a lot but have not tried freestyle, what should i do first? I can gybe at the moment but thats it. I want to try the vulcan but it looks like it hurts when it goes wrong!

    1. Sarah-Quita Offringa

      Hi Sofia ! in my experience vulcan doesn’t hurt much… but I guess you should start with body drags and duckjibes ? if you reallyw ant to do the aerial moves though then first start learning to chop hop and then you’ll become more and more confident to try vulcans. Good luck

      1. Sarah-Quita Offringa

        aerial jibes is also an option ! ( semi willyskipper)

  21. Leoni

    Do you know why there was only fuerte on the womens tour this year? Will there be more next year? It is such a shame there is only one!

    1. Sarah-Quita Offringa

      Yeah I think so too.. I think some events got cancelled due to lack of funding. We had a great tour last year! I’m hoping next year we;ll see some more events again :)

  22. Wannabe Freestyler

    How hard did you find the Flaka to learn? I find it the most frustrating move ever! How long does it take you to learn a new move?

    1. Sarah-Quita Offringa

      IT IS a hard move !! I remember using a 60l flare which made it so much easier to learn ( i was on 80l usually). I learnt it in 2 days with that board… but it was quite hard to get them consistently with the bigger board. KEEP PRACTICING! it’s worth it

    2. Sarah-Quita Offringa

      Often learning the move isn’t hard… but landing them consistently takes a while

  23. Big Dave

    Do you think there should be an overall world title again? Who do you think could win it in the mens and womens fleets?

    1. Sarah-Quita Offringa

      I wasn’t on tour yet when they had that…. but I could imagine it’s not feasible nowadays (money wise). Definitely good to promote all disciplines.. but I think it’s impossible for 1 rider to give 100% for all 3 disciplines.. the level is too high

  24. Looper

    Are you sailing in waves too? Have you thought about entering a wave competition?

    1. Sarah-Quita Offringa

      I don’t practice in the waves much. But during the starboard photoshoot I would go wavesailing about 2 weeks every year in maui. and it’s soo much fun ! definitely looking into wavesailing… just need to get some more experience before I go and compete

  25. Simon

    Will you do more of the slalom tour next year?

    1. Sarah-Quita Offringa

      It depends on when and where the events takes place. right now uni is a bit more important for me.

  26. Maaike

    Hi, I saw a lot of people not making their moves in fuerte, where the conditions more difficult this year?? :)

    1. Sarah-Quita Offringa

      Nopes… Just a hard spot to sail ! I did have one terrible heat where I landed about 4 moves out of 10. I think that had to do with me being tired and nervous.. when you get used to fuete it’s an amazing spot !

  27. lp

    What board are you using now for freestyle? And what fins? Do you change your set up much?

    1. Sarah-Quita Offringa

      Flare 91 and 16 cm taty style mauiultra fins. I don’t change my board set up much or at all actually. Whatever the conditions.. I’ll adapt to it

  28. Stu

    Where do you windsurf now that you are in Holland? Do you still get as much time on the water?

    1. Sarah-Quita Offringa

      Most of the time I will go to “strand horst”.. but I’ve been to Wijk aan zee en Texel once for some wavesailing. No I barely sail. last year I sailed about once every six weeks..

  29. Summer surf

    What are you studying? What are your plans for the future after you finish your studies? Do you want to windsurf full time or will you do something else?

    1. Sarah-Quita Offringa

      Science and innovation management ( i have a hard time explaining what the fancy name actually means !) going for that bachelor and then I’ll probably pursue a master…. we’ll see after that. I tend not to look to far in the future. I’m pretty sure windsurfing will be involved for quite some time tho ;-)

  30. Katie

    You are such a great sports woman, who do you look up to from female sport? Windsurfing or non windsurfing?

    1. Sarah-Quita Offringa

      Thank you very much ! I appreciate it :) uuuhhmm… If I have to be honest I can’t directly name a lady outside of windsurfing that I look up to. But take the olympics for example…all of the ladies there competing in swimming, track and field, gymnastics, sailing etc.. I have a sense of respect for all of those ladies out there training so hard to achieve their goals! in windsurfing I know most of the women personally and I must say I respect them all

  31. Pete B

    What do you like more slalom or freestyle? Is is really hard to do both? Surely its weird to get back on a freestyle board after being on slalom?

    1. Sarah-Quita Offringa

      It’s all windsurfing but you ge completely different feeling whether you’re on a freestyle or slalom set. For freesailing freestyle is my absolute favorite. slalom for me.. is no fun if you can’t compete against anybody. Competition wise…. slalom gives you the biggest rush ever ! and that I do like…
      yeah stepping on a freestyle board is the worst thing ever after slalom…. takes time to get used to for sure

  32. Adam Sims

    Hey SQ,

    Hope all is good?

    Two quick questions, now your spending a lot of time studying in Europe would you consider competing in the mens EFPT circuit if it was allowed (I don’t know the rules on that!?)?

    Also do you think it is time for a EFPT Womens Tour or at least a championships, thoughts on that?

    Well done in Turkey :)

    1. Sarah-Quita Offringa

      Thaanks Adam !

      Yeah I’ve been wanting to do the EFPT as an alternative to competing with the men in PWA… just haven’t found the time yet. I would love to join tho.

      I think events in Europe ( besides the canaries) would attract more ladies, yes.
      If uni allows I’d be more than happy t join in on the fun !

      1. Adam Sims

        Road trip!!! UK event on the 3-6th November…
        See you there :)

  33. Jack

    How old were you when you learnt to windsurf? and at what age did you start freestyling? What was the hardest move for you to learn? :)

    1. Sarah-Quita Offringa

      I started when I was nine. and basically started freestyling as soon as I could plane. For sure the vulcan was hard… but later on the move I’ve had the most difficulty learning was the shaka. Definitely one of my favorite moves now though!!

  34. Surfer1

    What moves are you working on now? Would you enter the guys fleet like daida did before? Where do you think you could come in the guys fleet?

    1. Sarah-Quita Offringa

      Practicing the big moves !!! been landing culo’s, burners and kono’s quite consistently now. Competing with the guys would be good to improve my competition sailing! uhmm… I would aim for a top 20 spot then I think…

  35. Sarah-Quita Offringa

    Hey Steve ! yeah definitely! I’m more motivated than ever actually! not necessarily for competing, but more as in that I really want to raise my level ! Whatever the guys are doing now. I want to do too !

  36. Esther & Lisette

    How do you manage to shuffle your time between windsurfing and your studies at University? And what do you consider the most important factor that enables you to do both so well…

    1. Sarah-Quita Offringa

      That’s hard. I don’t shuffle. It’s been full time studies for me for 2 years now.
      I think I’m lucky to have grown up in Aruba where I could windsurf so much… so that now I don’t completely fall behind when I haven’t practiced much. I think the study helps me mentally though which is good for competition. besides that I’mv ery motivated for both windsurfing and studies so I do my best in both

  37. Sarah

    How do you stay focused during events, and do you have a routine that you follow at every event?

    1. Sarah-Quita Offringa

      Hey Sarah.. well to be honest I don’t have a particular routine. It may sound weird… but I like competing.. so I just go out and have fun… most of the time :-) when I’m really focussing I just put in my music or go and sit by myself for a while

  38. Steve

    Hi Sarah! Congratulations on your win in the freestyle and slalom! Are you still motivated for freestyle now? After winning so many times?

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