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RIWmag.com interview with Mattijs Lasore, a young talent from Belgium.
Name: Mattijs Lasore
Date of birth: 14/10/1998
Where do you live: I live in Deinze, in Belgium, a small town near the city of Gent.
Favorite discipline: Freestyle
Favorite maneuvers: Shaka and switch stance kono.
Table: Flare 81 l
Sails: Severne Freek 3.6, 4.0, 4.4, 4.8
RIW: Hi Mattijs, Let's start with the talk about your first approach to windsurfing. How did you start?
M.L.: My first experience dates back to the summer of 2008. I followed a local surf club camp of Deinze. I had just raised the sails and already I was in love with this sport, the feeling of freedom and the sound of the wind! This is what I want to do for a lifetime!!
RIW: What are your references in windsurfing?
M.L.: A lot of people actually … but my idol is especially Dieter Van Der Eyken! I really like her style! Everyone knows that water is a really good surfer, But even out of water is a super guy!
RIW: Tell us a little bit of the spot in which you train and why do you like.
M.L.: My home is in Holland Brouwersdam beach spots. I really like it because you can choose from the pool (with flat water) and the chop where are the ondine to refine and make firmer closing manoeuvres. What I prefer is to try a maneuver in flat water and, After that I can do it with confidence, move in the chop to improve still, also because I do not know of any race that takes place in flat water.
RIW: Browersdam in the Netherlands is a very popular spot for windsurfing, attended by a large number of strong pro riders, do you think it's important to practice with them?
M.L.: I like a lot to train with them, anytime I ask for suggestions for just about anything. In this way I learn new maneuvers with a lot more ease!
RIW: What are your strengths and weaknesses in water?
M.L.: I think one of my strengths is that I can surf in many different conditions: the chop and the dish, I like both! My weakness is that I'm pretty small and light so I don't have enough strength for powermoves.... We hope to change
RIW: Although you're very young participate in freestyle competitions for several years. How much do you think it's important the result compared to the pure fun?
M.L.: I think the fun is the most important thing, because without fun you can't get a good result! Once I was surfing a heat and I'm unnerved because I couldn't close any maneuver. Then I said to myself that I didn't have to stressarmi for the result, It was just fun ... and I won. Then never get nervous if there is day! Smile and have fun in the water
RIW: How can you combine studies with training?
M.L.: It is not so easy but my is a good school and if I club letter that says I have to train during the school period let me go smoothly.
RIW: How do you spend your time out of the water during the winter season?
M.L.: This winter I will probably travel to Sardinia, but normally I go snowboarding with friends to have fun.
RIW: What is the best spot where you've been?
M.L.: Pfft.... I think this is the hardest question of the entire interview ... I have three favorite spots, the first is Naxos in Greece where I really enjoyed it last summer. Is a nice place, beautiful people and the wind is super: Every day 20-25 nodes, still water, with chop and waves and onshore, simply amazing.
The second favorite is definitely Know bar in Sardinia. When there is no wind the spot is fantastic: flat water to the island and really a good chop in front of the windsurfing club Gigi (Maddeddu)!
The third is Bonaire! It is the perfect place for freestylers, the water is low and the pier and mangroves is super dish!! What I like also of Bonaire is that the wind is not too strong, generally 18-25 nodes, This makes it difficult to perform their powermoves, so you have to make them perfectly to be able to close! That's why it's so useful to train in those conditions!
RIW: What is the spot in the world that you'd like to go for windsurfing?
M.L.: Have already been in my dreamspot (Bonaire). But if there was another place where I would actually go would be the Western Australia. I saw some videos by Dieter (Van der Eyken) that surf in those places and looks really nice.
RIW: Try also to other sports interests?
M.L.: I love so much snowboarding! Mi piace anche giocare a calcio con gli amici e ogni tanto andare in skateboard.
RIW: Come vedi il tuo futuro nel windsurf?
M.L.: Il mio sogno è di competere nel PWA e classificarmi tra i primi cinque!
RIW: Grazie Mattijs e in bocca al lupo per il futuro.
Il blog di Mattijs Lasore: http://mattijsb160.blogspot.it/
Name: Mattijs Lasore
Date of birth: 14/10/1998
Where do you live: Deinze, a small city close to Ghent.
What is your favorite discipline: Freestyle
What are your best moves: Shaka and switch stance kono.
Your Board: Flare 81 l
Your sails: Severne Freek 3.6, 4.0, 4.4, 4.8
RIW: Hi Mattijs, we start talking about your firsts steps in windsurfing. How did you get into windsurfing?
M.L.: My first steps in windsurfing were in the summer of 2008. I followed a windsurfing camp here in the local surf club from Deinze. I just got the sail up and I already loved the sport, the feeling of being so free and the sound of the wind! For me this is the thing I want to do for the rest of my life!!
RIW: Who has inspired you in windsurfing?
M.L.: A lot of people actually... But most of all my idol Dieter Van Der Eyken! I like his style so much! And everybody knows that in the water he is a really good sailer! But out of the water he also is a super nice guy!
RIW: Tell us about the spots where you go to windsurf and why do you like them.(a short explanation of the wind and water conditions).
M.L.: My home spot is the Brouwersdam in Holland. I really like it there because you can choose between the pool (flat-water) and the chop where you have nice chops to get your moves consistent. What I like to do is train a move in the flat and when I can do it consistently there, I go in the chop and get it consistent there, because there is no single competition I know of, where you have flat water.
RIW: Browersdam in Holland is a very famous spot, frequented by many strong pro-windsurfers; how do you think it is important to train together with them?
M.L.: I really love to train with the pro-riders because I can always ask them tips for all sorts of moves. That really makes learning new moves much easier!
RIW: Which are your strong and weak points in the water?
M.L.: I think one of my strong points is that I can sail in a lot of conditions: the chop and the flat I like them both! My weak point is that I'm pretty small and light so I don't have so much power for the power moves... Hopefully that will change
RIW: Although you are still very young, you are attending the freestyle competitions since several years. How important is the result if you compare it with the pure fun?
M.L.: In my opinion fun is the most important, because without fun you can't get a good result! One time I was sailing a heat and I got so angry because I couldn't land any moves. After that I told myself don't stress yourself, it's just for fun and I won, so never get angry because it isn't your day! Just smile and have fun on the water
RIW: How do you manage to keep up with studies and training?
M.L.: It isn't so easy but I have a pretty good school and if I get a letter from my club that I need to go for training during schultz they will let me go.
RIW: How do you spend your time out of the water during the winter period?
M.L.: This winter I will probably go on a winter trip to Sardegna. But normally I go snowboarding with my friends and just have a good time .
RIW: What is the best spot where you have ever been?
M.L.: Pfft I think this is the hardest question of the whole interview... I have three favorite spots. The first one is Naxos, Greece. I really had a good time there last summer, it's such a lovely place, nice people, the wind is super good: every day 20-25 knots, flat water, choppy water and onshore waves, just awesome!
The second one is Sa Barra in Sardinia for sure, when it's windy there. The spot is super sick: flat water at the isolotto and real good chop in front of Giglio (Madeddu) station!
The third is Bonaire! Bonaire is the perfect place for freestyle, the water is shallow and at the pier and the mangroves it's super flat!! What I also like about Bonaire is that the wind isn't that strong 18-25 knots that makes it difficult for the powermoves so you must execute them perfect to land them! Thats why it's so good for training there!
RIW: What is the spot in the world where you would like to go for windsurfing ?
M.L.: I already went to my dreamspot (Bonaire). But if there was an other place were I would really like to go it would be West Australia. I saw some footage from Dieter (Van der Eyken) sailing there and it looked pretty sick.
RIW: Do you feel any interest towards other sports, which one?
M.L.: I really like snowboarding! I also like to play football with my friends. And now and then I like to do some skateboarding.
RIW: How do you see your future in windsurfing?
M.L.: My dream is to compete in the PWA and get in the top 5!
RIW: Thanks Mattijs and good luck for the future.
text: Michele Tagliafico 4 www.RIWmag.com
photo: Michele Tagliafico
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