DAIDA ABOUT HERSELF:
My real name is Daida Ruano Moreno. People are getting used to calling us the Moreno twins, but the truth is Ruano Moreno twins.
We were born First of December in 1977 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. I used to do a lot of other sports like surfing, skating, basketball, biking apart from windsurfing of course. I am studying business administration at Las Palmas university, and next year I want to have a look at the possibility of changing to a distance-university because of all my travelling during the year.
My favourites books are economics books, and I like to listen to a lot of music (Lenny Kravitz and pop/rock music and soundground also). The last interesting film that I saw was "Matrix". I'm starting to travel now. I've been in Germany, Italy, France, Spain, and Hawaii. Of course I know most of the seven Canary Islands For now I like it much better at home (Pozo Izquierdo) and Hawaii
I've got two brothers (Jose Antonio and Echedey) and two sisters (Iballa and Sabina). My parents (Jose and Elvira) helped us a lot to introduce us on the tour (two years ago they payed for our first set of wave sails), and a lot of friends (Juan, Jonas, Daniel Basco, ). I want to give a special thanks to our friend and manager Xavier Bigorda (without you we wouldn't be here). Thanks to all our sponsors that support us right now (Mistral, North Sails, Quiksilver-Roxy, Volkswagen, Oakley) and supported us before.
Right now I'm concentrating with my sister on the PWA World Tour, but we are going to do some other competitions (I hope King of the Lake, spanish contests in August and Production Boards Championship in Galicia/Spain). We will be doing a lot of promotional trips (most of them for Roxy and Mistral-North Saills) around the world.
We have been on Maui for nearly two months now and we are leaving to Gran Canaria next week. We couldn't do the Da Kine contest because we were ten days doing a photoshooting for Mistral and North (in between the contest) and we will go now for a couple of days to Oahu with Robby Naish, Scott Carvill and Ryan Rawson looking for waves and wind for more pictures.
Daida Ruano Moreno about new aims and old models, boyfriends and her
studies. An exclusive windgirls-interview. By
? You have learned windsurfing in Pozo. Quite an unusual place for beginners?
? Which windsurfing-spots do you prefer besides Pozo?
? What are the biggest difficulties a tour-rookie has to deal with?
? Is it sometimes hard for you to be in the men's shade? Do you have the impression that the girls performance is not given proper attention?
? Some people don't believe that the girl's windsurfing provides radical action. What do you answer such people?
? And if you were the best woman windsurfer once, which new aims would you follow then?
? You are a student and a professional windsurfer. How do you manage to cope with these two different ways of life?
? Daida, which move is at the moment the biggest challenge for you?
? What does Windsurfing/love/live mean to you?
? One of your biggest competitors is your twin sister. Can you describe this special form of rivalry?
? What are really the differences to Iballa?
? Do you have any models in Windsurfing, in life in general?
? A new windsurfing-generation is coming up. What is the main difference to the generations before?
? Freestyle seems to be the most dynamic discipline at the moment. Is freestyle the future of windsurfing?
|? Since your victory at the first trial-event in
Fuerteventura you had no chance to "freestyle" on the tour. This year there may
be the second chance at Sotaveno. Do you train all the new moves like air tacks, volcanos,
heli jibes and so on?
? Which move do you consider to be more difficult? A pushloop in Pozo or a "Spock" on flat water?
? More beautiful than Jenna, better than Jessica, more professional than Jutta (SURF-headline May 98). What is the headline of your dreams?
? Do you think your look helps you to get along with all kinds of machos? ;-)
? Well, I'm sure your look attracts many groupies. Is it something you are happy, perhaps proud of or is it rather a pest to you?
? There's something, many peole would like to know: Daida, are you single or already taken?
? Which are your best friends/comrades at the tour?
? What can you do to bring more women into our sport?
! I can just tell my story: I didn't really know that I was coming so fast to these kinds of competitions. I was just sailing and learning. Asking everything to everybody about things that I could't do, looking at films, mags
Our friends helped us a lot and without them we couldn't make being on the tour a reality enjoying the different conditions, countries, friends, wind and waves That's why I want to be friends with all the girls who want to learn and teach them things that other people taught me as well. Another really important thing is NOT TO BE AFRAID OF ANYTHING and ask, ask, and ask
GO FOR IT AND THINK THAT YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH TO LEARN AND TO BECOME A PROFESSIONAL WINDSURFER!!!
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|text: Andy Aichinger, photos: PWA/Carter/SSM, Roxy/Quiksilver; © windgirls 1999