Andre Paskowski gets interviewed by EFPT.
The seeding system for EFPT races includes injury points. These injury points secure that a rider does not fall back behind an appropriate position on the starting list if he can not take part in events because of an injury. Andre Paskowski is the latest rider on whom we had to make use of injury points. On March 27th the news was posted that Andre has to get back in medical treatment as blood tests and CT showed abnormalities. The EFPT asked Andre about his current state of health, his movie project and this years freestyle events.
EFPT: The first thing we want to know, is, of course, how are doing?
Andre Paskowski: I am doing ok. I had a bigger operation 4 weeks ago and right now I start doing my 2nd full cycle of chemo therapy. It is all very strange. I really hoped that I can stay healthy for a bit. I got in good physical shape and were just about to start sailing again. Well this seems far away from me right now. The operation and chemo will again steal lots of energy.
EFPT: What´s on your schedule for the next days and weeks?
AP: Pretty simple schedule. 6 days non stop chemo with around 7 liters per day in hospital. After I rest in my house for 2 weeks then I start again. This I do 4 times.
EFPT: Your first major movie project was a big success and immediately led into your current project entitled „Minds Wide Open“. What got you into filming?
AP: Four Dimensions was by far not the first project I worked on. We did movies like Wet and Salty, Flashback plus many bigger online movies like 2forten, stacked etc.
The only difference by Four Dimensions was, that I was taking a much bigger risk financially like this improved our Budget a lot and from there getting a better result. I enjoy the work behind a camera. I have won a lot of contests and titles and it made me happy. But nobody profits from that just yourself, your sponsors and your ego. With movies it is different. I create a product. And when I get all the emails or comments like “he I saw Four Dimensions now 1000 times and it made the winter pass quick” then I am happy. Windsurfing is full of emotions. You scream after a good session, you cry when it is no wind, you talk to your friend about new moves… to capture this the right way and transfer it to many other viewer is a great job.
EFPT: Where did this success come from?
AP: As I said we started of with WetandSalty. That was a big success. And then we learned over the years. I invested in lots of camera gear. We took higher risks. We also got a bit older. In general we just created something we liked and others liked it too. When I watched the first 35minutes from Four Dimensions I sit back closed my room did not say anything and after 35minutes I turned of the mac and said. That’s it. If you travel to 7 spots with the 6 best riders – sure your movie will be good. But to make it special it needs this extra touch and Four Dimensions had it. I think a big reason for that was that we were just crazy. We did not step back from investments because they would not pay financially back, we also did not show any sponsor gear in close ups, we also did not say in interviews”he I am Gollito and I am the fucking best”. It all was natural, sort of understatement but progressive and new.
EFPT: „Four Dimensions“ focused very much on its characters/sailors. What´s the plot for „Minds Wide Open“?
AP: Minds Wide Open will focus more on destinations. We wont have particular Rider parts. A mix of riders travel to destinations as a group. I like to come back to this soul surfing style. Were you see the fundamental base of each windsurfer. Being in a group, seeing new places and people, enjoying perfect conditions, having fun with friends. I think every windsurfer has this pictures running trough his head every once in a while. And our film should create this “dream” then it was a good film.
EFPT: The pictures you and your fellows post on facebook show amazing wave spots. Is there room for freestyle windsurfing in the movie?
AP: For sure there is. We got Gollito. So I don’t really have to say much about the action level of freestyle. We will show every side of creative windsurfing. Jumping, Riding and Freestyle.
EFPT: This year´s freestyle season kicked off early with PWA´s Vietnam event where Kiri took an impressive win ahead of Gollito. The first regular EFPT events will pass off at the end of May. All in all, it looks as if freestyle got back on track this season. Both PWA and EFPT could fix more and new events than yesteryears. You grew up in freestyle events and vice versa. What do you think future will bring for freestyle windsurfing?
AP: Well, it has been always the way that the amount of events is shifting. Sometimes towards Slalom, then freestyle, then wave. So I would not indicate a bright future just by the amount of events.
More exciting for me is to see the fleet of sailors. We see very young guys. Again as well a group of strong European Riders which is good. The youth is the most important for our sport and we really need to treat them good. On the other hand I see many of my concurrents leaving the sport. Which makes me sad. There are some well known guys which just can not make a living out of it anymore. That’s really too bad as people also need persons and names they know. Heros. In waves you have that. You have guys being on top 5-10 years and then comes a change. Freestyle can be taff. 2-3-4 years and over.
But my biggest concern about the freestyle from today is the judging and moves. I watched the Vietnam World Cup live and some decisions felt wrong. I know that our rules agree with the results but a “normal” viewer mostly cant understand the results unless he is a freestyle specialist. But if we have Live Stream, we want that the result is understandable for ALL Windsurfers plus maybe even some people who just pass the website.
When I see all this new moves then I must say that most of them I don’t like from the look. And only 2 or 3 guys perform the moves nicely. The rest use power and push the moves without speed to the end. I don’t like this development. Sure we need an innovative format to see new moves but for me a 5meter Shaka still counts more then a culo. The style and beauty of a shaka is not to match. Look at surfing. There is all the backside 360s and so on. They get 8points or 8,5 but then comes a classic full rail cutback and it gets a 10 by one turn. Because classic beauty is not to match. Most of our new guys don’t even train the “simple” moves anymore. They go from beachstart straight to kono, culo, burner and skopu. Then they have their 4 moves for the contest and fine. Well in the end I think we need to score beauty and style more to make everything more understandable. Every move from Kiri looks easy – because he makes it look easy – because he is extremely good. But then a viewer can not say… ah he won because this was more difficult then that. It should be ah he won because this was more beautiful then that.!!!
EFPT: Thank you very much for this interview. The EFPT family is with you! Get well soon!