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Interview with Chi
Now we have a quick chat with Chi, the only Vietnamese female competitor in the Fun Cup this year. Chi “officially” started windsurfing only 3.5 months ago but has progressed amazingly.
Q: How did you start windsurfing?
A: Well, I did practice windsurfing 4 or 5 years ago. I could stand on board then but couldn't move so fast. I love windsurfing since then but only started 3.5 months ago.
Q: Why didn't you start earlier?
A: Ah, I lived in Saigon back to that time, came to Phan Thiet not very often and my parents didn't encourage me much, they were so afraid of too much sunshine (laughing). But luckily I got a job here and moved here. So, plenty of time to do my favorite thing.
Q: ...relocated for windsurfing?
A: You could say that
Q: Who taught you windsurfing, officially?
A: A friend of mine, in 2 weeks
Q: in 2 weeks? Unbelievable! What's your greatest achievement so far?
A: I won an encouragement prize in the Competition “Surf for you” a month ago and got a nice harness. I was the only female competitor among more than 20 men.
Q: Wow! Congratulations! Such a great start! So, how do you feel about windsurfing? What keeps you sailing?
A: It's exciting, thrilling and challenging.
Q: What's about water sports? Like kite surfing?
A: Windsurfing is more difficult. It requires more techniques, more challenges and I practice to improve, to speed faster day by day.
Q: How often do you do windsurfing?
A: 3 hours everyday, from 1pm till 4pm, when the wind is strongest
Q: Great. Thank you for your sharing and wish you success in the Fun Cup this time.
Interview with Tu
Tu is a 24-year-old guy from Binh Thuan and this Fun Cup is his third-time.
Q: How long have you been windsurfing?
A: 3 years ago
Q: What brought you to windsurfing?
A: I worked at Jibes and Big Boy (* nickname of the club manager) taught me windsurfing
Q: Was it difficult the beginning?
A: It is but after 2 weeks, things got easier. I could master the techniques & moves
Q: As this sport is not very popular with Vietnamese, were you a bit scare to try at the first time?
A: No, not at all. I'm a coastal guy so I'm into all water sports
Q: Is it necessary to know swimming before taking up windsurfing?
A: No. The sailor will have support & protection from all security equipment, life jacket, harness, etc.
Q: What do you expect from the Fun Cup today? Any goal to achieve?
A: Just a fun sailing and a nice get-together with all other competitors all around the world.
Interview with Deborah
Deborah began windsurfing along East Coast in Singapore since 1993. It just happened spontaneously when one day, she decided to take the board, take the sail and went out to the sea. And as Deborah said, it takes her forever to come back.
She loves the freedom that windsurfing brings, nobody around, peace at heart. Yet at the same time, the sport is very challenging and a good physical exercise. She came to Mui Ne first time in 2005 and came back every year since then. Each time, Deborah stays for about 3 months, spends most of her time windsurfing and enjoying the relaxing Mui Ne. She usually stays at Full Moon, does a lot of swimming, exploring the delicious dishes and chit-chatting with friends from all around the world. Her favorite restaurant is 385 (specializing in goat meat hotpot). She also finds the local BBQ super yummy and enjoys much the Vietnamese meals prepared by the owner of Full Moon.
Every time in Mui Ne, she always starts windsurfing from Jibe´s, heads to Sailing Club and comes back. She loves Jibe´s for its nice atmosphere, good & helpful beach boys and its sufficient, good-quality equipment. What she loves about Mui Ne is the sailing condition is never the same. It keeps changing, big waves this day, strong wind the other day, which makes windsurfing so exciting and thrilling.
Deborah enjoys the Fun Cup much and as she shares, she will work hard today to achieve her no.3.