IBALLA ABOUT HERSELF:
I was born on december 1st 1977. My hobbies include surfing, biking, basket ball, running, watching TV, my friends, my family... I am studying sport at the university. And I am windsurfing. It is difficult to combine everything, because I am travelling so much.
|But I like to keep it busy and my mind active. I like
to read interesting books when I have time. I like fiction
I like all kinds of music depending on my mood. "Fat Boy Slim" and "Prodigy" before sailing, other kinds of music afterwards.
The best film I saw lately was "The Matrix". It was pretty good.
I don't care where I go as long as I am going out with friends and I am having fun.
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"We do need more women in the sport"
Iballa Ruano speaks of fear, models, groupies and the headline of her dreams. An exclusive windgirls-interview. By Andy Aichinger.
? More beautiful than Jenna, better than Jessica, more professional than Jutta (SURF-headline May 98). What is the headline of your dreams?
|? You have learned windsurfing in Pozo, have been
hurt several times.
! Every day is different and you always have to risk a lot if you
want to improve your sailing. I think we have to leave the fear aside and just go for it.
? What is your favourite windsurfing-spot besides Pozo?
! Well, I think that Maui is a very good place too. A combination of Maui and Pozo is perfect.
? Is it sometimes hard for you to be in the men's shade? Do you have the impression that the girl's performance is not given proper attention?
? Some people don't think that the girl's windsurfing provides radical action? What do you answer such people?
? What do you think of events like the Soulwave in Klitmoeller?
? Which move is at the moment the biggest challenge for you?
! At the moment I try to do all the moves, but the one I am trying
the most is the "Spock".
? Do you have any models?
! Everyone on the water that sails good. I look at all the people
and learn from them. But I also like to watch videos and magazines.
? A new generation is coming up. What is the main difference to the generations before?
! I think we are part of the new generation. And I think we are
coming with more motivation. We want to push the limits of women's sailing.
? Freestyle seems to be the most dynamic discipline at the moment. Is freestyle the future of windsurfing?
? Since 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, volcans, willy skippers and so on?
! Yes, I try all the moves. I like to do freestyle when there are no
waves. In freestyle you need to be with a lot of imagination.
? Which move do you consider to be more difficult? A pushloop in Pozo or a "Spock" on flat water?
! At the moment a spock is harder for me.
? I'm sure your look attracts many groupies. Can you imagine to "go for it" like some of the boys do?
! Yes, I think so... Of course I am a good girl. I was brought up
well and this is not my style!
? Which are your best friends/comrades at the tour?
! Daida, Tony Frey, Cecily Kitts, Nina Heiberg and many more.
? If you have the choice: Do you prefer Pozo or Maui?
! It is not bad rivalry but a good one. We push each other and both
want to be better but at the end of the day we are sisters and good friends. So there is
no bitterness about who is better than the other.
The main difference between my sister and me is our character. We look the same to most people, but we are really different.
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