About Me

I was born in Las Palmas on the Gran Canary Island on March 5th 1994. The house we are living in is located just 90 metres away from the beach, the only building on the beach of Vargas. I have a sister, who is three years older than me. She is also a really good windsurfer and an excellent runner.

 

Already at the age of eight it was crystal clear to me that I wanted to learn windsurfing. This is not so surprising at all, as I used to see all that windsurfing action going on right from my window while working over my homework for school. Water has been my favourite element ever since. Before becoming a professional windsurfer, I was champion of the Canaries in freestyle swimming.

 

From that time on everything went very fast: After my first try-outs I was given a wavebord on which I then trained for hours every day. When I was twelve I got my first wildcard for the PWA World Cup in Pozo. This was my first decent result, even though I was knocked out straight in the first heat. But this only encouraged me even more so that I spent every spare minute on the water.

 

Three years later in 2009 I won my first World Cup. 2011, at the age of just 17, I became world champion for the first time. In 2012 I was able to defend my title as men´s wave world champion. The year 2013 wasn’t easy because there were only three PWA wave events with wind, and at the last one on Maui I became sick and was in hospital. I could’t defend the title and became 6th overall. In 2014 I have won the World Cup Tenerife and finished 7th overall.

 

In 2015 I have reached my goal by winning the PWA wave men world title for the third time. 2016 again started well for me until I picked up a serious knee injury during a training session in Australia in September. The season was over for me due to the injury, I had to undergo a surgery and spent countless hours with rehab.

 

Since 2017, I have been back on the board after a long break. It was a perfect comeback: I could win all three Worldcups and am now four times world champion!

After performing well in 2019 I went as tour leader into the final event in Hawaii where I was able to defend my top ranking and achieve my 5th world title.

Career highlights

Sporting successes

2008 Champion Red Bull Big Days Germany

2009 Champion Wave Copa de España

2010 DWC Champion Wave

2010 Vice Champion Slalom, Canarian Championships
2010 Champion Slalom Gran Canaria

2011 Wave Champion DWC
2011 World Champion PWA Wave men

2011 Youth World Champion PWA Wave
2011 Supreme Big Days Champion
2012 World Champion PWA Wave men

2012 Youth World Champion PWA Wave

2013 Winner Supersession, PWA Gran Canaria

2013 PWA Youth World Champion

2014 Winner Lancelin Wave contest, Australia

2015 World Champion PWA Wave men

2017 World Champion PWA Wave men

2019 2nd place at Red Bull Storm Chase

2019 World Champion PWA Wave men

Nominations and awards:

2008 Rookie of the year, PWA
2009 Surfer of the Year, Surf Magazin
2010 Surfer of the Year, Surf Magazin
2010 Windsurfer of the Year, Extreme Sports Awards
2011 Nominated Laureus Award
2011 Men Of The Year, GQ
2011 Surfer of the Year, Surf Magazin
2012 Nominated German Sportspersonality of the Year
2012 Surfer of the year, Surf Magazin
2013 Surfer of the year, Surf Magazin
2015 Surfer of the year, Surf Magazin
2017 Surfer of the year, Surf Magazin
2018 Winner Lancelin wave , Australia
2019 Zweitplatzierter beim Red Bull Storm Chase
2019 World Champion PWA Wave men