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French-Canadian Anick Violette is one of the big talents in the sport, improving every day. In our word wrap she explains what "beer o'clock" means and why the sport needs machoism.

date of birth: ?

nationality: Canadian

profession: photographer

sponsors: AHD, Naish Sails Hawaii, Rip Curl, Da Kine

windsurfing since: I learned how to sail 6 years ago in the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon.

best results so far: ––

favorite discipline: wavesailing

favorite move: I like'em all!

favorite windsurfing spot: Ho'okipa

best music: anything with soul, specially blues.

last book you have read: "She's Come Undone" by Wally Lamb

best film: Chocolat

best food: mango and chocolate

best drink: coffee

Who are your models in windsurfing?
Jennifer Henderson for her strength and grace as a wavesailor, Keith Teboul for his radical style at Hookipa.

What causes you fear? sharks and the dark when I'm alone

What makes you laugh? the TV comedy "Friends"

Windsurfing – better than sex? What's sex? I still don't know what that is. Almost!

With whom would you like to spend an evening?
I like to spend an evening with my friends overlooking Hookipa at sunset, having a beer.
"We call it beer o'clock."
Is the sport of windsurfing a macho-sport?
Definitly, yes. This sport is all about machoism. The men are macho and the women too – at least the ones I sail with everyday. I think it takes a certain amount of machoism to excel in any sport.
What do you think about the PWA-tour?
I think the situation is a little scary for the future of the sport at the moment and not encouraging for other girls to get into this sport professionally.
What do you like about the "windgirls"-mag?
I like that it is all about girls making it in such a male dominated sport and not just about girls in bikinis with skinny arms and pretty smiles.
Three tips for GIRLS who want to learn windsurfing:
patience, perseverance and most inportant to have fun!

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 photos: Jono Knight, AHD; windgirls 2001