FD Team: Andre where are you at the moment?
Andre Paskowski: I am right now sitting in my apartment in Alacati. I just came from Crete were we had the last EFPT Event.
FD Team: How did the Event go for you?
Andre Paskowski: It was a really hard Event for every sailor. We made 2 doubles in 2.5 days. Thats a record. We also found in Palekastro really testing conditions. We had wind from 12 knots on the first day up to over 40 knots on the finals of the last day. I am quite happy with a 2nd place. I could prove that i am still up there with all the boys. For a little moment i had maybe the chance to even look for the top spot but 2nd is ok.
FD Team: Tell us what you did the last couple of months and what you will do upcoming months.
Andre Paskowski: Thats a long list. I trained in Brasil and El Yaque during winter. I went then to Maui to film for our new DVD project. I came back in April to start a trip around Europe with 3 Brazilian Riders. We first went to Sardinia to train then to Austria to compete, and then straight to Dahab for filming, training and photo shoot. At the end of Mai we came back and had a little visit on the Surf Festival and after we again went to Sardinia to train and compete on the first real EFPT Event (i came 3rd). From there I went to Lefkada for the 2nd Event (again 3rd Place) then straight to Crete (2nd place) and straight on to Alacati. All this with a Car – i made around 11000 Kilometres since 16 of April!!!
I go back to Hamburg the 23 of June then I go to Canary Islands for 2 Freestyle World Cups and filming. After that I go to Brasil to film our last freestyle part. Then we have 2 more EFPT Events, World Cup Sylt, the final Production of the DVD and some realise parties. It is all a bit crazy this year 😉
FD Team: Tell us something about the DVD Project. What we can expect?
Andre Paskowski: Well we actually just thought about a really perfect Online Movie in the beginning of the brainstorming. Then we went on and on and the project went bigger and bigger. Now it is a full scale movie production. It is great fun to work with a young team. The riders (Brawzinho, Victor & Gollito) are super motivated, and push on the water every time we film. Also working with film directors like Peter Svensson and Sebastian Dörr will push the quality of the movie alot. We did invest quite a lot of money and time to really make sure to make a HIGH class movie. We invested in Cameras, Helicopters, Diving Hours, Camera Crans, Dolly Systems, etc.
I dont want to tell to much but i am sure that we will see exceptional action, conditions, editing and filming.
FD Team: Why do you invest time and money into a new product when everybody else is stopping investments because of selling problems and global finacial problems?
Andre Paskowski: Mhm… Maybe i should thought about that. No. We want to present a new movie on a top high level. To present a good product, the time is always right! I think it is a big risk that people stop their investments. If i watch Snowboarding or Surfing then i see lots of Image Movies on high level with hugh costs. Windsurfing is a great sport which offers lots of action and nice images… So we need movies and ideas which present Windsurfing in a nice, high class and professional way!
FD Team: What your sponsors say about your “on land” work. Would they not like to see you on position number one instead of behind the PC?
Andre Paskowski: Well… I think about this topic alot of times and i try to find the right mix. Actually… In the Beginning of the year i am thinking of what really gives a perfect feedback to my sponsors. Of course results count big time and i am still up there with a 2nd place. But i think that my “on Land” work is almost more important to each of my Sponsors. Anyway i dont want to say what is worth more or not. I like to do all and try to do that the best i can.
FD Team: Andre Sponsors: Fanatic, North, Ion, Oxbow, Powerbar, Smith, Windjeri Pousada