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From hot to cold Russia Dahab, This is the fortune of windsurfistica Kostya Smirnov, classroom 1998, young freestylers interviewed by RIWmag in this episode and of which most likely will feel’ speak again.
Kostya ha partecipato all’ EfpKids Tour 2013 of Marseille finishing third.
Name: Kostya Smirnov
Date of birth: 11.03.1998
Where do you live: I live in Dahab in Egypt for much of the year, but I spend four months a year in Russia.
What is your favourite discipline: Freestyle and slalom sometimes.
What are your best maneuvers: Airflaka, Ponch, SW Kono, Toad.
That the table uses: JP freestyle 89L Pro and Tabou Twinster 80.
What are your sails: Neilpryde 4.0 Combat and am about to take the Neilpryde Wizard 4.5.
RIW: You said you live in Dahab , How old were you when you moved in Egypt?
K.S.: I moved with my family when I was 5 years (in 2003). My parents wanted to take a vacation and the trip to go to Dahab was not expensive. Then, After arriving they realized that we would be staying to live for longer. It all started like this .... My father got a job and I started going to school.
RIW: So go often in Russia. What do you like about that country?
K.S.: Usually I spend my summer in Russia (3-4 months) and sometimes I go during the winter to do your exams. The Russia I like around, except for the cold water. In summer in Russia I love visiting places that Dahab has. I also like its vegetation and nature (forests and grasslands). These things are missing in Egypt.
RIW: How did you start windsurfing?
K.S.: When I was seven years old I watched the first windsurfers in Dahab. I told myself that I should try it, then I liked it and I started to get interested in this sport. Fortunately in the sports center when I went they had equipment for children and instructors to learn from.
RIW: Tell us about your local spot and. .... How is this famous blue lagoon?
K.S.: Dahab became famous after the 2000, and began to attract not only for windsurfers, but kite surfers, divers etc. My spots are here: the Lagoon itself where I spend the most time in the water; The Kamikaze zones where you can find waves, plus some other spots around the city like El Assalah and Light house. I like my spot because everything is close; We use only 15 minutes to reach it.
The famous blue lagoon? – Sounds like a legend, but I have been there once and I know his condition. There the wind is stronger than in Dahab and not gusty; the water is flat as a mirror. What to say – heavenly conditions. . However, the blue lagoon is identical to Dahab but shallower waters and presents a best wind. Also the place is still pretty wild, still little frequented by man, which gives a special atmosphere.
RIW: Dahab is visited by many famous pro riders, What are those you meet more often in your spot?
K.S.: You, The pro riders come here sometimes, especially in winter. I often see Yegor Popretinskiy (RUS 11), sometimes even Steven Van Broeckhoven win (B-72) come to visit us; Andy "Bubble" Chambers (K-540) is every year. Even Gollito Estredo (V-01) came here to shoot the film Four dimensions. Are all among the top 15. Windsurfing with them is fun and also very useful.
RIW: Who inspired you in windsurfing?
K.S.: My life, the water, the wind, nature. All those who surfed better than me. The sport itself is very funny, If not the funniest of all. TU, with sailing and table, gliding into the sea far off, making beautiful high jumps and maneuvers. It is not enough to be inspired?
RIW: How do you manage to organize studies and workouts?
K.S.: It is difficult but I can get organized. I'm learning Russian and Arabic alphabet at the same time. Here in Egypt there are Russian schools, but there are private tutors, so there is no need for a school. With tutors you can better organize your days, in order to have time to train.
For example, every day during the evening study for 4 hours + 2,5 hours of homework and one hour of English class. In everything they do seven hours per day. Surely then I can find 2 hours a day for surfing.
Every semester I academic tests both in Russia than in Egypt.
RIW: Where would you like to go surfing?
K.S.: The Hawaiian Islands for the famous wind and wave conditions. In Viet Nam for climate and economic life. In South Africa for the huge waves and radical conditions that attract people with wind. Tenerife to improve. And then around the world looking for new places for windsurfing.
RIW: We're getting lots of good wishes for the future and hope to see you soon at the forefront in the race.
K.S.: Thank you, I would like to thank my parents who give me all the support I need, Egor Popretinskiy windsurfing my coaches and Vladimir Morozov, my sponsors Dakine and Five Squares surf center and those who believe in me: Victor e Karpovskiy Bobrovnikov Boris.
Interview and Photographs: Michele Tagliafico – www.RIWmag.com
Photo Courtesy: Kostya Smirnov
Name: Kostya Smirnov
Date of bird: 11.03.1998
Where do you live: I live in Dahab (Egypt) for most of the year, but also 4 months I spend in Russia.
What is your favorite discipline: Freestyle, and sometimes slalom.
What are your best moves: Airflaka, Ponch, SW Kono, Toad.
Your Boards: JP freestyle 89L Pro and Tabou Twinster 80L.
Your sails: Neilpryde 4.0 Combat, going to get the Neilpryde Wizard 4.5.
RIW: You told that you are living in Dahab, how old were you when you moved to Egypt?
K.S.: I moved here with my family when I was 5 years old (in 2003). My parents wanted to have a vacation; unfortunately, Dahab was not so expensive to come. Then after they came here, they realized that we could try to live here for a longer period. Like this, it all started… My dad got a work here. I started to go to school.
RIW: Do you go often to Russia? What do you like about that country?
K.S.: Normally I spend my summer in Russia (3 -4 month) and sometimes I go there in winter to do my exams. Russia is good in all, except the cold weather. In summer, I like to visit some places, which Dahab does not have. In addition, I love its vegetation and nature (green forests, grasslands) and Egypt lacks of those.
RIW: How did you get into windsurfing?
K.S.: When I was seven, I watched the first windsurfers in Dahab. I said I will try it, but then I loved it and I was interested in this activity. Thanks to my sports center, they had the gear for kids and instructors to learn from.
RIW: Tell me about your local spot. What about the famous blue lagoon?
K.S.: Dahab became famous after 2000, which attracted not only windsurfers, and kite surfers, divers, free divers, etc.. My spots are here: Lagoon itself, where I spend most of my time on water, The Kamikaze zone (for some waves session) and some more around the city like El Assalah and light house. I like my spot because everything is near; takes me 15 minutes to get there.
The famous blue lagoon? – Sounds like a legend, but I have been there one time and I know its conditions. The wind there is stronger than Dahabs, not gusty; Water is flat like a mirror. What to say – heavenly conditions. However, the blue lagoon is identical to Dahabs, but it has shallow waters and better wind. Also the place is still quite wild, still unharmed by humans, overall which makes it soulful.
RIW: Dahab is visited by famous athletes, which are the ones you see most often in the spot?
K.S.: Yes, pro riders come here sometimes, especially in winter. Often I see Yegor Popretinskiy (RUS 11), sometimes Steven Van Broeckhoven (B-72) visits us, Andy "Bubble" Chambers (K-540) comes here every year. Even I remember Jose Golito Estredo (V-01) came here to film the four dimensions movie. Everybody are in top 15 above, surfing with them is fun and insightful.
RIW: Who has inspired you in windsurfing?
K.S.: My life, water, wind, nature. Everybody who windsurfs better than I do. The sport itself is very entertaining if not the most entertaining. You, with your sail & board, cruising very away in the sea, jumping high, making tricks. Isn’t that enough to be inspired?
RIW: How do you manage to keep up with studies and training?
K.S.: It is hard, but I managed it. I am learning the Russian and Arabic syllabus in one time. Here in Egypt there is no Russian schools, but there are private teachers, which give knowledge not worth than a school. You can plan your daytime better, with private teachers, and that gives you some time to train on water.
For example, every day in the evening I am having 4 hours of studying, + 2, 5 hours homework, and a English lesson for an hour. All in sum takes about 7 hours a day. For sure, I am able to find 2 hours daily on windsurfing.
Every semester I am doing a test in Russia and here too.
RIW: Which are your strong and weak points in the water?
K.S.: First – Not doing many tricks on the same side. Second, some elements I make are not consistent.
RIW: What is your life out of the water?
K.S.: Well, having school in the evening always. In non-windy days going swimming, fishing or wakeboarding. Sometimes I go out wandering in the mountains.
RIW: What is the best spot where you surfed?
K.S.: Blue Lagoon, El Tur. Also I like surfing in Assalah, Dahab when the wind is strong and high tided water (Side shore waves braking on corals).
RIW: Where you would go for windsurfing?
K.S.: -The Hawaii islands – very famous waves conditions + consistent wind. – Vietnam – nice weather and cheap life. -Cape Town, South Africa – Huge waves and hardcore conditions attract every wind-related human. -Tenerife Island, Spain – Not very hard conditions, where you can learn to go big. – And travel around the world, exploring & finding new spots to windsurf.
RIW: How do you see your future in windsurfing?
K.S.: I am still thinking about it: May be to open my own surf center, may be to make a new brand for it. The only thing I know is that it will be with me forever.
RIW: Best wishes for your future and we hope to see you soon at the forefront in the next competitions.
K.S.: Thanks, I would like to thank my parents, for all time supporting me what I need, my trainers for windsurfing Egor Popretinskiy and Vladimir Morozov and my sponsors: Dakine and Five Squares surf center. To those, who believe in me: Karpovskiy Victor and Bobrovnikov Boris.
Interview and Photo: Michele Tagliafico – www.RIWmag.com
Photo Courtesy: Kostya Smirnov
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