- Ferrari windsurfing
"I like going fast and my favorite move is the power
jibe." 26 year old Verena Fauster loves the big boards, big sails and the challenge
of racing. Interview by Tanja Emig.
- date of birth: 15-08-1978
- nationality: Italy, resident at Kaltern
- sponsors: F2, Deboichet, Gaastra, Circolo
- best results: Italian champion Formula
Windsurfing 2000/2001/2002/2003; PWA World Cup Formula Race 2003: 2nd; FW Woman Cup 2002
& 2003: 3rd overall
- When and why did you start
- I started windsurfing when I was nine years old on lake
Kaltern (where I live). First my dad started windsurfing. Then Thomas, my brother, and my
mom learned it, too. Therefore I wanted to follow them on the water. My parents bought a
3 m2 sail and shortened a mast and a boom. So I had a quite light rig
nothing to compare with the kids rigs from now and then they taught me
windsurfing. I had a lot of fun with my small sail.
- Did you like windsurfing from the
beginning on, was it easy or hard to learn for you?
- Yes, I liked it from the beginning. I cannot say if it was
easy to learn or not, I dont remember. But I dont think so. If not I
wouldnt had continued. I only remember that in the beginning I went in and out on
water every 10 minutes and my poor mom had to carry the board, a Windsurfer, which
weighted about 20 kilos.
- When did you do your first race?
- There was a small race on the lake Kaltern. We were a group
of about 6 kids surfing and we wanted to participate at the race. At the end I was the
only one finishing the race, with the big ones. The boys all retired. I was so proud that
I still keep the cup, which I got there.
- But the first real race at which I participated, was the
Coppa Primavela (Italian championship for guys under 14) in 1990. At this time the race
was sailed on the One Design with a 4,5 m2 sail. We went there for a
misunderstanding. My parents thought it was a camp. And being there I participated and won
by the girls. Therefore I entered immediately the national team and the federation sent me
to international races. At the beginning my mom was not really happy that I started
racing. But she had allowed it to Thomas and therefore she couldnt forbid it to me.
- Your best result so far?
- Second at PWA racing the last year. But there were many results where the
satisfaction was nearly bigger, like winning the Italian Funboard championship as Youth,
winning the One Hour on the lake Garda with my brother, winning the Super 8 and so
- Isnt it hard for a girl to do
Formula Windsurfing? I mean, the sail is so heavy and the board so big to take it to the
- No, I dont think so. You only have to accustom. If you
pass immediately from a 6 sail to a 11 it will be hard. But if you try more slowly you
will get used to bigger sails then. The same is true for guys, not only for girls. I
admit, sometimes for pulling out the 11 from the water I need quite a lot of time, but
when you are on the plane you dont feel the sail anymore. And with formula you plane
immediately and it is also funny with stronger winds. Also for taking the gear to the
water you get used to it. At the end considering the sizes both board and rig are
extremely light. The problem only exists if there is high shore break. Some guys lift the
whole gear over their head and pass the breaking waves. I fear I will never learn this.
Anyway if it werent for a race in such conditions I would not go out with formula
- What is your favorite windsurfing
- My favoured spot is lake Garda, which in the meantime got my
second home. From the places, which I know it is the one of those with most likely winds.
In the last years I have been there from April/March to September, except the periods of
races, and I could sail almost every day. Only this year in April and March it was so cold
that sometimes I refused to go on water.
- What do you think about wave or
- Sometimes I like watching the good sailors, but its
nothing for me and I dont understand anything about it. Occasionally I go out with
small gear and try some small jumps and perhaps some little moves. But Im not really
able to jump and to try moves I get bored soon, perhaps because when I go surfing I
dont want to stay a lot in water - its funnier on water. And as soon as I see
somebody going fast I follow him and try to pass him forgetting that I wanted to learn a
move. I like going fast and my favorite move is the power jibe.
- What about your future plans in
- I will try to do races as long as possible, because I really
like to compete with others.
- What are you doing when you are not
- Im studying. In spring I took my degree in
microbiology and there are only a few exams missing to finish my second study. In autumn I
should start working, I want to become a teacher.
- Can you give 3 tips for girls who
want to learn windsurfing?
- 1. Start windsurfing on beginners gear, not on your
boyfriends small board, use a small, light sail. Start windsurfing in apt conditions,
light wind and flat water.
- 2. Look for a teacher, who learned how to teach. In order to
learn it right, fast and with less fatigue.
- 3. Have fun! Dont force anything.