The Cup final is lived among waves with Gisela Pulido and Garazi Sánchez

They are two cracks that are on the crest of the wave … literally. Gisela Pulido, a ten-time kitesurfing world champion, prepares to be an Olympian in Paris’24 with a new discipline, Formula Kite, and Garazi sanchez, Spanish champion of surfing, is in El Salvador with the Spanish team preparing the World Cup that will give places to go to the Olympic Games. from Tokyo this summer. Both share their love for the sea and for their soccer team, which leads them to rivalry in today’s Cup final.

The Catalan and culé has come to surf with her shield on the table and Garazi, who had played soccer as a child, does so with her Athletic shirt and table. His passion is so great that he has taken the jacket in his suitcase to El Salvador, to see the Cup final with it on the beach. They don’t know each other personally, but they admire each other and cross a bet if their respective teams win. “If Barça win I challenge GarazI’m going to parachute with me ”, he says Polished. The surfer accepts the challenge delighted, just like Gisela when Sanchez He proposes “if Athletic wins, we will do a manga in Palmar with the Athletic shirt”. And it is that the final of the Copa del Rey is also lived among waves. These are statements

Gisela Pulido, with her dog Fly, bets on a 1-2 for Barça from the beach of Tarifa
Gisela Pulido, with her dog Fly, bets on a 1-2 for Barça from the beach of Tarifa

GISELA PULIDO

1- Make your baton of the final Athletic-Barça?

1-2 with a goal from Iñaki Williams and Messi, both Barça

2- Where and with whom will you see the final?

I would like to see her with my grandfather, because he is a super fan of Barça, but since I am in Tarifa and he cannot be in Barcelona. I’ll see her at home with friends.

3- What footballer would you take to surf or kitesurf?

I would love to go surfing or kiting with Messi because he is a very shy person and has a lot in common with me, I am also very shy and we could have good conversations and it would be fun.

4- What athlete do you think could do well in his sport?

I think Marc Márquez because he is a very talented person. I would like to go surfing or kiting with him and let him know my world. I know his quite well because I have shared several events with him, motorcycle Grand Prix, I have seen him compete and I would like him to come to know my world.

5- What athlete is on the crest of the wave?

Kay Lenny. He surfs big waves, but he also foils, winds, kites, I think he is very complete, he does all sports. I love his passion for the sea and water sports and I think he is on the crest of the wave

6- What athlete / footballer would you like to meet?

I would like to meet Jordi Alba because I admire him a lot. He is an athlete who, in addition to being a good footballer, I believe that as a person he has good values ​​and I would like to meet him

7- What are your next sporting challenges?

My next challenges this year I would like to do the entire world and European Formula Kite circuit, which is the discipline that will be Olympic in four years. We have Europeans in Montpellier, the mixed European in Austria, we have championships in Denmark, in Holland. This year is full of competitions and my goal is to be in the top 3. I have been in this discipline for a year and a half, I think I am not bad at all although it has nothing to do with freestyle, which is more jumps and maneuvers and this is a sprint race. It has nothing to do with the material, or the physical preparation, or the technical preparation, but I really like this discipline and it shows.

8- What is the training schedule?

My plan is to train in Tarifa, then I have championships in Valencia and Castellón, I have a series of Spanish tests and a concentration with the federation and later compete in international tests

9- What do you think of Garazi Sánchez?

I don’t know Garazi personally but we have quite a few mutual friends who have spoken highly of her to me. I would love to meet her personally and enjoy a surf session with her. I follow her on social networks and I love her videos, I think she transmits very good energy and as a surfer she has an incredible style. Flows very well in water

Garazi Sánchez, from El Salvador, bets on his Athletic and his club is 2-1
Garazi Sánchez, from El Salvador, bets on his Athletic and his club is 2-1

GARAZI SÁNCHEZ

1- Make your baton of the Athletic-Barça final

2-1 with so many from Muniain and Villalibre and Messi, not to vary

2- Where and with whom will you see the final?

In El Salvador with my coach and with a juice on the beach, with the Athletic shirt on.

3- What footballer would you take to surf?

Many practice it when they retire … I would take Cristiano Ronaldo. Because it generates curiosity to me how it would develop in a field that does not dominate.

4- What athlete do you think could do well in his sport?

Ona Carbonell could be good, she is very aware of her body, masters the water and is very agile. I think Federer could be very good too. Technical, agile and intuitive.

5- What athlete is on the crest of the wave?

Rafa Nadal is always on the crest, spending so many years up there, for me he has all my admiration, he seems like a super-hero.

6- What athlete would you like to meet?

I already know him and that is why I admire her more. Teresa Perales for me is an example of what it means to be a ‘chapeu’ athlete as well as a reference as a woman.

7- What are the next sporting challenges?

Qualify for the Olympics and get the place to compete in the Grand Slam of this 2021.

8- What is your training schedule?

In surfing we have to adapt a lot to nature. We prioritize water hours and adapt physical work. Depending on the time it is more mobility, agility and functional. Or more strength and endurance.

9- What do you think of Gisela Pulido?

For me Gisela has put extreme sports on the map and more women. I think he has achieved it is incredible and his desire to reinvent himself is inspiring.