Francisco Goya is not only a legend of windsurfing, but heads up two of the most iconic brands in windsurfing. Francisco shares his passion for wavesailing in the current issue of Boards; the Autumn Winter Wave Annual and now we’ve spotted him reading through the rest of the mag too!
Francisco loves the new magazine, saying it really brings everything to do with wavesailing together and looks fantastic. If you’ve yet to purchase the Autumn Winter Wave Annual check out Francisco’s ‘Welcome to Wavesailing’ introduction piece below. There’s a lot more in the magazine too from the likes of Philip Koster, Thomas Traversa, Bernd Roediger, Levi Siver, Klaas Voget, etc full full details of what’s in the magazine and how to purchase head here.
“Wavesailing! I feel energy coming out of my skin as I say that word. The truth is that I’m still as passionate as ever about it; from gliding across a small wave to riding at Ho’okipa, this is my way of seeing the world.
Windsurfing involves so many elements: wind, water, gravity, the board and the sail, plus a little rubber to bring it all together. And of course You, the rider, attempting to take control with every part of your body. Everything moves and changes, the conditions, angles, wind direction and consistency, making wavesailing one of the most continually challenging sports around.
Ever wonder why people that have been windsurfing their whole life still fall on their gybes? Our environment is not fixed, just because you manage to pull off a move once doesn’t necessarily mean you will be able to do it again. This complexity or “simplicity when you are in the zone” is what I believe captivates us and leaves us wanting more.
There is something magical about being propelled by something you can’t see. I still find it hard to wrap my mind around it all. How we can hit ramps full speed, ride the biggest waves, all with just a board and thin membrane called a sail – it’s crazy!
It took me a while to develop and understand my style. Growing up, style was one word that I didn’t understand – I don’t care as much about what is or isn’t cool, but more about the essence of things. However, later I came to understand this word in a different way; style being the state of mind or what you get as you watch somebody ride. Everybody is telling a story when they ride: their past, present and future, basically our lives. I call this philosophy in action. That to me is what defines style.
It is too hard for me to name one sailor I have looked up to; someone whose style I follow, as everybody brings something different. What I do know is that style is always evolving. You can’t stop that…..”
For the full article from Francisco and many more click here to buy the Autumn Winter Wave Annual!