In one of the most hotly contested PWA World Tour’s in history, the
final event of the wave tour took place at the infamous Hookipa Beach
Park on Maui’s North Shore. Pristine waves and tropical blue waters
graced the Pacific with steady tradewinds that propelled windsurfers to
the most dramatic climax in recent history!
It was anybody’s game for the number one spot on the podium- The
riders in contention had some heavy weights sitting on their shoulders.
One of those riders was Gaastra/Tabou’s Alex Mussolini (AM) who hit the
podium last year in 3rd place with one goal in mind for 2013- WIN!
After a long year of competing, Alex focused his efforts to the Maui
event and was ready for battle-
Here following are some of his inner thoughts behind the prep,
the hard times and the heat of the moment that led him to take 2nd place
overall on the 2013 PWA World Wave Tour.
Interview by Matt Pritchard (MP)
MP: Alex, congrats on a great finish this year! Tell us about the highs and lows of the tour this year.
Guess, i can only say that i had a great year, no matter what. I had 2
podiums and i was able to sail well in all the events, so i really didnt
have any lows.
MP: You have been training in Tenerife a lot where it is port tack and onshore- how do you prepare for an event like Hookipa?
I cant prepare for Hookipa, so i guess that it all came from my heart, i
use to live here and so everything i did during the contest was part of
my experience here. Its true that i am sailing a lot in portack, but i
have been sailing starboard tack for many years now, so i dont mind
where the wind comes from.
Coming into the last event what were your expectations? You don’t get
to sail Hookipa that much although you did have some years here when you
were in school, tell us about that and your involvement with the Siver
AM: I try not to have too many expectations, so
if i have a bad reasult i am not too angry about it. For me this 2nd
place in the final result is also a win for the Maui Ocean Academy, i
sailed a lot when i was in school and if it wasnt for the Siver family
non of this would be possible. I learned how to windsurf in Hookipa when
i was 14 years old, so i have not forgotten how to windsurf there.
I have always been impressed by your sailing but it seems like the past
2 years you have really stepped up to the top level- Would you say this
comes from maturity or more motivation or family or where is this
AM: Thanks :) I guess i have now more
experience than in the past, the family gives me a lot of motivation and
also feeling important inside the brand ( Gaastra/ Tabou) is also good.
I guess that in the past i was young and didnt feel like this was my
job, as you get older you change your mind and believe that this is your
What about your gear? How key is it to have the right boards, sails and
masts? Is this something that you really focus on? I know a lot of guys
have issues with their equipment right before an event like Hookipa and
they freak out mentally- how do you approach these situations?
We came down to Hookipa with boards that we trust, we know that the
boards will be good, its always important to think that you have the
right gear. I used the Manic 4,7 and for boards i had the Da Curve 75,
it was perfect for me, so basically its super important to have the
right gear depending on the conditions.
first heat you had Robby Naish in your bracket- have you ever competed
against him before? Were you nervous to be sailing with such an
experienced competitor? What was your strategy?
it was a very important moment for me, it was the first time i had him
on competition, i sailed against Bjorn but never Robby. The thing was
that the heats were 4 guys sailing 2 went through, so i didnt have one
strategy to beat him, but to beat the 3 other guys, i just sailed as
good as i could.
Is there anything you would have done differently this year or was
there something that you regret? A certain heat or something like that
you would like to do over?
AM: Yes, but i its part of the
learning game, to make mistakes so they will never happen again, or if
you come up with the same problem, you know how to react. I think that
the heat that hurt me the most was against Philip in Denmark, i beat him
for 3 points on the waves, but i was not able to get 1 really good
jump, he had 1 double with 10 points so i was not able to match his
MP: Who are the guys that you are training with and is there anyone special out there you want to give a shout out to?
I try to train with the best of the best, that is why i like to travel
to Pozo, Maui etc... to always sail with the best riders. I like to
train and travel with Thomas because we are always working on our gear
and on the new moves, we both train hard to be always on top.
Well congrats on 2nd Overall- that is awesome…… Last year you were 3rd,
this year 2nd, i guess we all know the plans for 2014?
:) Like John Skye said, he sees a pattern there, but, i take things
like every year, heat by heat and just try to be on the top 10.