A DAY IN THE LIFE: LUIS DIAZ

BE­HIND THE SCENES WITH GRAN CA­NARIA'S LUIS DIAZ VIS­IT­ING CORN­WALL TO COM­PETE AT BOARDMASTERS.

Carve - - CONTENTS - WORDS BY JOEL GRAY

A glimpse into the weird world of the trav­el­ling WQS cam­paigner life with the Ca­naries Luis Diaz.

My rou­tine for the day started su­per early be­cause I was ac­tu­ally stay­ing in Woola­combe! Which is like two hours away from Newquay. I was stay­ing with my good friend Alex Bau­dain, who’s also from the Ca­naries, and our friend Han­nah who lives in Woola­combe - that’s why we stayed there re­ally. Ev­ery day I’d get up and drive the two and half hours down to Newquay. Go for a morn­ing free surf and then spend the day at the site. As soon as I fin­ished a heat, I tried to get away from the beach and chill.

The con­test so was much bet­ter than other events. The set up is big­ger than other QS 1000 events around the world. I guess it’s be­cause of the fes­ti­val. There are so many peo­ple around, it was crazy busy. But it was re­ally cool be­cause there were so many peo­ple watch­ing us surf and ask­ing for au­to­graphs and stuff on the beach.

Apart from surf, I didn’t do much. I was ac­tu­ally su­per fo­cussed on the event. I didn’t go to the fes­ti­val or party at all. I was stick­ing to my goals in the event which was to do re­ally well. I felt re­ally good in the con­test. I ended up in fifth place. The waves were pretty tricky with a cou­ple of small days and then some big­ger days with some wind. I ended up los­ing in the quar­ter­fi­nals. I had one re­ally good wave, but I just didn’t get the op­por­tu­nity to get that sec­ond solid score. I still felt I could have gone fur­ther and won the con­test. But a fifth place is ok, it’s good to have some good heats and build some con­fi­dence and take that on to the next one.

Food wise I pretty much just tried to eat sim­ple stuff around the con­test. Noth­ing too crazy, a few piz­zas and things but I just don’t like fish and chips like you English folks…

The set up is big­ger than other QS 1000 events around the world.

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