Fuerte Wave Classic 2010: Female Competitors To Compete Alongside the Guys
FWC proudly presents the latest addition to the FWC concept, top pro riders Daida Moreno, Iballa Moreno and Nayra Alonso, together with local rider Nicole Boronat. The four teams will now consist of 4 guys and 1 girl. Girls and guys alike, will be competing against each other under the same conditions in this radically modern, coed contest.
The participation of female competitors in the Fuerte Wave Classic 2010 windsurfing event has been a goal of the organization for a long time. Now that it has finally been made a reality, it will not only enrich the spectrum of professional wind surfers taking part, but also emphasize the importance of female riders in a minority sport, such as windsurfing. Hear what the girls have to say about their revolutionary inclusion in this competition:
FWC: Hi guys, what do you think of your participation in the FWC?
Iballa: I think it's good to be part of an event like this. For me, it's not just a competition, but a good promotion for the sport. It goes beyond a normal comp. For sure, adding women gives them a perfect look and a very complete event. I am happy to be one of the chosen women and participate in a place like Fuerteventura, a second home for me.
Daida: I wanted to take part in the event last year in Fuerteventura, and luckily this year we have a great opportunity to enjoy an event totally different from anything else we are used to. To compete in a team with great team members will be a challenge. The idea is great, I think it is an idea that breaks off from the path that everybody else follows, so it will give an exotic air to the event. Overall, the conditions of Fuerteventura, the organisation and the idea of the event will be a success. We hope to be able to really enjoy, have fun and push more people to join our “windsurfing world”.
Nayra: I am super happy and honoured to take part in the Fuerte Wave Classic 2010. I thank Orlando a lot for inviting the girls to take part in the event. I think this is the way these special events should have always been, not discriminating women.
Nicole: A long time ago I left the PWA with Stephane, my longtime boyfriend. Free from depending on the tour, we show the lifestyle largely through photo trips, articles for magazines or webpages, video, and by helping our sponsors in festivals or special day promos. For me it's a honour to be invited and to be in the water with the twins. Those girls are now part of windsurfing history--and Nayra she is the 3rd best girl in the PWA World tour, what else can I say...??
FWC: You are all familiar with the north shore here, what do you expect in terms of windsurfing conditions?
Daida: Because of the waiting period we have, I think that we will have good conditions one way or another. We will have waves and we will have to move to get the ideal wind/wave combination, but that will be the fun part of the event. For sure, Fuerteventura won't let us down.
Iballa: Fuerteventura north shore has a great potential in waves and I spend a lot of time there whenever I can. I cannot expect anything but great winds and perfect waves!
Nayra: I hope we get some really good conditions to compete and that we can have a good time in the water. It will be a new experience and it is always good to do new things!
Nicole: Some good windsurfing with friends, it's what I like.
FWC: In this new format with men and women in the same group, do you think it is positive for the sport?
Iballa: Including women into this format is something new, or at least I've never taken part in anything like this, so in my personal opinion, it's a great format and something more than just positive for the sport! It shows respect. I'm glad to be here and to be a part of this new experience.
Daida: I think it is something super positive! It is not a PWA event where you are fighting for a world title. It is an event organized by people with practically no budget at all, doing it for the love of the sport, mixing male and female riders in a draw the day before the event. The important thing here is to enjoy and have fun with your team mates during the competition. Individual actions are not as valuable as the team performance in general.
Nayra: For sure!! I think it is really good! Every day we surf together in the same conditions and it is good to show this “officially” in a competition. I am sure it will be a great experience. It is a big step for the women's side of the sport and I really hope this will set a standard for all the events to come. I am sure it will be a great event!!
Nicole: Everything is good for windsurfing, the world tour, the special events like this one. The more you show different angles of windsurfing, the better...right? An athlete from the French national rugby team who also windsurfs once told me "Nicole, in a matter of years it will be the women who are going to make an impact in this sport...just wait and see!"
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