She worked hard for her dream. This year, the 10 years of
sailing in waves in Japan and Hawaii finally culminated in winning the Hawaii Pro, the
most challenging wave event on the PWA tour 2004, taking place at Hookipa Beach on Maui. Motoko
Sato (J-0), who had already won the Aloha Classic in Hookipa before, beat Karin Jaggi
(Z-14) from Switzerland in the finals. On the Iles de la Madeleine in the province of
Quebec, Canada, Motoko started in her first international freestyle event. Can we expect
her on the tour next year? What did the victory in Hookipa mean to her? In the following
interview with Claudia Vogt, Motoko Sato reveals this and a bit more.
was it like to win the PWA event in Hookipa?
- A dream
coming true, I sailed 10 years in Omazaki, in my eyes the best wave spot in Japan, and
also in Hookipa, Maui, which for me is the best wave spot worldwide. It was hard work, but
I fulfilled my dream.
you do any more competitions after Hawaii and now Canada?
- If I get
a chance, yes, but my husband wants a baby (laughing). But Iīll do the Aloha Classic in
november for sure.
heard of your seasonal job. Itīs teapicking! Thatīs a special way to afford
- I work a
lot to save money for Maui, because I canīt live off windsurfing only
But I do get
money for a top3 ranking in international events, yes.
can you tell us about Japan when it comes to windsurfing? Itīs said it is the biggest
market for the windsurfing industry worldwide?
market is so big because people buy top equipment, and now the scene is changing from
racing to wavesailing.
was the PWA freestyle event in Canada for you?
because it was a women only event, and the trip was paid from Montreal onwards
and therefore affordable! It is good to see the other girlīs level, sure an inspiration,
and we had good freestyle conditions! The roadtrip was some stress, but I met girls from
other countries and saw Canada, so
or freestyle? Which do you like better?
- I like
both wave and freestyle and have trained latter for 2 years now, that was when I tried my
first vulcans. Spock, Grubby or Flaka are fun to learn and also help my wavesailing!
models in waveriding?
Siver, his wavesailing is very stylish, and not that powerful.
was your first time in Hookipa? Do you remember?
- It was a
day with small waves, but I was scared of the shorebreak and the rocks...
we see you, letīs say, in Pozo next year?
- I should
say yes... but rather no, sorry
(laughing). I have respect for the Moreno twins for
sailing on both tacks in all conditions, freestyle and waves, but
no, not for me.
- date of birth:
- profession: Windsurfer
- sponsors: Ezzy
Sails, Burleigh Heads custom boards, Dakine, Chinook, Garcia Marquez Shop, Iwamoto, Smith,
Reef, Freestyle, 910r
- When AND where did you learn how to
windsurf? 19 years old, university windsurfing
- favorite move: radical and speedy bottomturn and ripping
what do you train right now: aerial off the lip, flaka
- favorite windsurfing spot:
beautiful girls, Jack Johnson
- best music:
- last book youīve read:
- best film: Life is beautiful
- best food: Sushi
- best drink: Tea
Levi Siver, Keith Taboul
- Who are your models in windsurfing?
- What causes you fear? big waves, sharks
- What makes you laugh? a baby
- With whom would you like to spend an
evening? my husband
- Windsurfing - better than sex? I like sex.
- The famous 3 things you choose to take with
you to a lonely island?
- boyfriend, two best friends
- Three tips for GIRLS who want to
- 1) push
- 2) friends
- 3) time
- What does windsurfing mean to you? my life