2011 PWA Tenerife World Cup, Planet Win 365 – Day five: The El Medano wind machine continues to blow the sailors minds and the PWA catch up with event organizer Dany Bruch.
El Medano served up another helping of epic conditions, allowing the sailors to enjoy the wind and waves outside of the competition environment. With so many outstanding sailors on the water the crowds on the beach were treated to an extravaganza of massive aerials and powerful wave rides.
The PWA managed to track down the busiest man in Tenerife for a brief interview, El Medano wave king and event organizer, Dany Bruch (Starboard / Severne / AL360).
PWA: Congratulations on a fantastic event Dany, what has been your favorite moment?
Bruch: “I was so happy when I saw the first heat running, it was amazing to see all the people on the beach and have perfect conditions, from that moment the event was a success for me. I felt quite emotional, I have been working for months to organize this event, so I am really happy everything came together.”
PWA: It’s a big challenge to take on, what was your initial motivation to organize the event?
Bruch: “I wanted to show everyone that Tenerife has some amazing windsurfing spots, the last time there was a competition here it was 15 years ago. In that time the number of windsurfers that come to the island has halved and the majority of the new generation of wave sailors haven’t sailed here. I think having the competition here will really bring people to the island to enjoy the conditions, hopefully I won’t regret it and it won’t get too busy.”
PWA: How have you balanced running the event and competing?
Bruch: “It took me a while to dial into the competition; I was all over the place on the first day trying to put the finishing touches onto the event site. Once all of that was done I was able to relax and really think about the competition.”
PWA: What kit have you been using?
Bruch: “I have been using my 5.0m in the finals and my 82 litre starboard quad, I am really happy with the set-up, it works really well.”
PWA: You finished second place overall and sailed an amazing set of heats to make it there, do you think it’s useful to have a bit of local knowledge?
Bruch: “It is really useful to know the spot, especially where the rocks are and how the wave forms. You could see a lot of the local riders doing really well, especially Alex Mussolini in the double elimination. I think a lot of the sailors will come here to train before the competition next year.”
PWA: Your in fifth place overall at the moment, what are you plans between here and the next wave contest in Denmark?
Bruch: “I need to recover first. The summer season has started here in Tenerife now, so there should be a lot of wind and waves until August. I will be training a lot and trying to keep fit. I haven’t been able to train much this year because of my knee injury, it is great to be back in the water and sailing.”
PWA: Which move will you be training the hardest?
Bruch: “I would like to train my double forward loops so they’re a little faster, hopefully the conditions will be good for them, I only need to do 100 or 200 more and they will be perfect.”
PWA: Congratulations again Dany, thank you for your time, any final words?
Bruch: “I am super happy with how everything went, the conditions were perfect and everyone is really pleased to have the PWA here, I can’t wait for next year already.”
This evening the sailors will be treated to a Japanese sushi feast at one of the local restaurants in El Medano town centre.
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