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Clever and Smart. Passion and politics.

"Often itīs still about men doing the radical stuff and bikini-babes watching them. But I am sure there are girls out there who will change that." Claudia Vogt, one of our editors, is going to take the challenge. Austrian born and having spent much time on the windy shores of Gran Canary, Claudia wants to concentrate on the wave discipline next year. She names three models in windsurfing: "Karin Jaggi for her ambitious attitude and challenging the twins, Jennifer Henderson for her wavesailing and my mum, who still sails at 52 years!"

email: claudia.gc@gmx.net
date of birth: 23-04-1980
nationality: Austrian
profession: student (Spanish, political science)
sailnumber: AUT 23
sponsors: HotSails Maui, Chiemsee, Sport Schneider
When AND where did you learn how to windsurf?
At Lake Neusiedl, when I was 17 or 18, with a group of friends. It took a while, since we didnīt have anyone to teach us…
best results so far: 1998: 1st super 8 (national champion, austria) 2003: 12th pwa freestyle fuerteventura
favorite discipline: wavesailing for the adrenaline (not the easiest to find a wave spot in austria), freestyle for the fun with friends favorite move: aerials off the lip
favorite windsurfing spot: Pozo and Vargas on Gran Canary īcause itīs like being home and you get to know what flying is like with up to 55 knots, Bonaire for the perfect freestyle conditions, Al Pra at Lake Garda for the lush surroundings
best music: Tonic, Matchbox 20, Morcheeba and lots of other stuff depending on my mood
last book youīve read:
from Cuban exile writer Zoe Valdés, canīt remember the title of the book - but it was a wonderful story about present Cuba
best film: American History X, Amélie, Vanilla Sky…
best food: hard to tell - considering that I canīt think of anything I donīt like!
best drink: I donīt drink beer usually, but when watching the sunset and listening to the ocean, a cool Coronita with a piece of lemon is just about the best!
Who are your models in windsurfing?
Karin Jaggi for her ambitious attitude and challenging the twins, Jennifer Henderson for her wavesailing and my mum, who still sails at 52 years!!!
What causes you fear?
Dislocating my shoulder again…and knowing it takes a while to recover. And probably mast-high waves breaking over a sharp coral reef :-)
What makes you laugh?
The pretty funny, typical "subway situation" where people try hard to not look each other in the eye, or sitting down as far away as possible from each other... Just an example of the absurdity of everydayīs life.
With whom would you like to spend an evening?
It may sound melodramatic but I guess with my granny who passed away a few years ago.
Windsurfing - better than sex? Why?
An average windsurfing day is always worth all the trouble before, but average sex sometimes isnīt…
Is the sport of windsurfing a macho-sport?
Often itīs still about men doing the radical stuff and bikini-babes watching them… But Iīm sure there are girls out there whoīll change that!
If you already know it - what do you like about the "windgirls"-mag?
Itīs the first magazine I know that is really dedicated to us. It makes the female side of the sport more visible and shows that "windgirls" arenīt only radical, or only sexy, but are individuals who share one big love: windsurfing!
What are your proposals to make it even better?
It should work together with brands like Starboard or Hotsails, who are into women windsurfing, too. Maybe one day it will even be possible to organise a big Windgirls-meeting, where you can get to know role models or give advice to beginners, on Lake Garda for instance. To get everyone involved…
What do you think about the PWA-tour?
From my point of view we should support it. The PWA is undergoing some changes to make the tour more attractive again - like the new SuperX-discipline. Since itīs still the only organization that can get enough sponsors to make the events happen, we would only hurt our sport by not contributing to it. Iīm definetely not fond of what happened to the Austrian PWA qualifier - for me, itīs important to prevent a situation like the one with two snowboard federations. As far as it concerns the girlsī tour, I am glad to see that more female sailors want to compete again. Itīs good to have Karin and the twins pushing the limits on the tour, but itīs also vital to give newcomers the sign that itīs not impossible to start from another level than the top sailors!
Three tips for GIRLS who want to learn windsurfing:
1. The beginning might seem hard, but youīll have lots of compensation very soon!
2. Either learn together with friends or get to know people who share your passion. Itīs always more fun if youīre not on your own (and sometimes a helping hand is really useful).
3. Donīt underestimate the "equipment-factor". Light and easy-to-rig stuff enhances your abilities and reduces the trouble before getting on the water!


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