“Freddy P” Update"
Freddy flies high in Australia.
Freddy Patacchia Jr. exploded onto the 2005 WCT by winning
his very first heat ever at Snapper Rocks beating the likes of Amien Hobgood and
Raoni Monteiro in round one. He went on to advance again in round #3 by beating
Luke Egan. With his eventual ninth place over all finish at Snapper Rocks, the
next venue was scheduled for Bells Beach but was moved to Prince Phillip Island
where Freddy again advanced to round # 2 beating Tim Curren but eventually went
down in the 3rd round to Jake Paterson 16.57 to 15.46. After two of the
first twelve events our guy Freddy sits tied in 17th place but easily within
striking distance of the top ten if he does well in event #3 at Teaupoo on the
With Fred's third place finish at Sunset Beach in the O'Neal World Cup of Surfing (12.04.04) he finished eighth overall in the 2004 WQS and has advanced to the 2005 World Championship Tour. Way to go Freddy! Good luck from Team Kahuna.
Freddy P. finishes 17th on the WCT 2006
Frederick Patacchia’s sophomore season on the World Championship Tour was an up and down rollercoaster ride that landed him in the end at 17th place. The 2005 WCT Rookie of the Year had a slow start in Australia finishing 33rd at Snapper Rocks and 17th at Bells, but rebounded at the famed Teehoopoo taking a 2nd place to his good friend and the 2006 WCT Rookie of the year, Bobby Martinez.
With under a minute to go in the final, Freddy needed an 8.31 and he scorched an unbelievable tube ride followed by several hacks off the top and finished by busting an air over basically dry reef, but his 8.10 on the wave came up short. However, Freddy looked great in his first final on the big tour.
Then a combination of tough luck and tougher draws led Freddy to two 17’s and two 33rd’s in the next 4 events leaving him pretty low on the totem pole and in danger of not re-qualifying for 2007. But, a 5th place finish in France and a clutch 3rd place in Brazil brought him back up to a very respectable 17th place to end his 2006 campaign. Good luck to Freddy P. In 2007!
P.S. CHECK OUT THE NEW FREDDY VIDEO JUST RELEASED CALLED ‘INTERROGATION’
INTERVIEW WITH FREDDY PATACCHIA
As team captain of ‘TEAM KAHUNA” Freddy gave these words of wisdom to the rest of the team during a recent interview.
Q. How does your competition strategy vary from when you were a Menehune vs. junior high, NSSA, high school and now PRO?
A. As a Menehune I had no strategy. All I wanted to do was have fun surfing with my friends. Once I got a little taste of victory I started to use certain strategies in order to better my chances of winning. Those strategies I used then are much different then the ones I use now. The reason why is the change in the number of top waves scored. Back then it was the top 3, now is top 2. Sunny Garcia once told me, ‘why catch more then 2 waves when that’s all you need to win.” He is right. Now I wait for what I feel at the time is the right wave. It doesn’t have to be the biggest best wave out there, it has to be the wave you tell yourself, and ‘I can rip to shreds”. Confidence is your best friend.
Q. What are some of the valuable lessons you have learned through competition concerning the checking waves before your heats?
A. I always like to be at the competition area at least an hour and a half before my heat. Watching the waves and what the other competitors are doing in order to get better then average scores. My definition of better than average is a 7.0 or above.
Q. Do you surf the competition area before the event?
A. Always get as much practice in at the competition area as possible. Don’t over kill and wear yourself out. Just surf enough to where you feel your performing your best in the conditions given to you.
Q. Deciding on which board to ride, does this change often?
A. Try to have a board that you feel confident in and only ride it in your heat or free surfing through out the event. Good boards are sometimes hard to come by, so when you find one take care of it. I personally don’t change boards during an event unless the waves drastically drop or come up.
Q. Do you listen to music to help you amp up or mellow out before or after your competitions? If so, what are some of your choices of music right now?
A. I like to listen to Linkin Park and other rock groups before my heats in order to get me in the zone. It also helps to keep distractions to a minimal.
Q. Are you superstitious about any certain number of a heat or a certain color of a jersey during your competitions?
A. Jersey color, heat number, surf trunk color superstitions are all in your head. You can win no matter what.
Q. Do you have any rituals of what to eat on competition days/or during the course of that day? What are some of your favorite game day foods?
A. Eating a good healthy dinner and getting a good night sleep before the event is very important. You’re going to need that fuel and rest to get you through the day. On the event day I have a light breakfast. I go for a quick surf before the events starts, then I sit in a shaded area and watch until its time for me to surf my heat. If I have to surf more than one heat I usually like to get a 15-20 min. free surf just to loosen up. I don’t like to eat too much. Water, Gatorade and about 3 power bars or some sort of energy bar usually gets me through an event day.
Q. Do you check out the heat sheets after watching some heats to see firsthand what the judges are scoring the highest or lowest?
A. Looking at your scores and your opponent’s scores after a heat is a good idea win or lose.
Q. Have you ever been psyched out by seeing whom you had to surf against in your heat, or your next heat?
A. Surfing against harder competitors only makes you stronger so don’t get psyched out. Always try to learn from your competitors.
Q. When you are paddling back out do you check out the other competitors in your heat to see if you are doing well enough to advance?
A. Don’t watch your competitor’s waves. In most heats, 2 better than average scores of 7.0 or better will get you through the heat. Don’t worry about them, let them worry about you!
Q. If the spot you have chosen to catch waves at shuts down during your heat and the other peaks are firing off high point rides for your competitors, when do you bail on your preheat strategy and scramble to join them?
A. Have a strategy before your heat starts. Know where you want to sit, know whether you are going to work the lefts or rights. Know whether you are going for the sets or the mid sized waves. I never change my strategy for that day. I live by it, I die by it. But, that’s just me. Everyone has their own winning formulas.
Q. Is it better to start your heat with a high scoring ride or to finish with one?
A. It’s always important to open up with a high scoring ride. It builds your confidence and intimidates your competitors.
Q. What do you do if another competitor starts hassling you during your heat?
A. If someone starts to hassle you during the heat, hassle them right back. You don’t want to be a push over, but you don’t want to throw the heat at the same time. It’s best to stay away from hassling, but sometimes it’s necessary. There’s 2 minutes to go and your opponent needs a score you want to sit on him and keep him or her from getting the score they need. It’s not cheating, so don’t feel bad if you have to hassle. No one said competition was easy.
Q. Have you ever had anyone mislead you into going on a wave so they could take off behind you so you would triangle?
A. I feel that if you lose to someone due to them constantly hassling you, you should never take it out on them on the beach. If surfing is your profession or your future profession, act like a professional. Just remember their face and the next time you draw that person in a heat you do everything in your power to beat them!
Q. Is he still your friend and did you have words about it?
A. “Friends on land, enemies in the water?” That’s what every professional competition surfer lives by.
Q. After the European leg of the 2004 WQS you are in 11th place and in serious contention to move up to the Big Show. How exciting is this?
A. At present, I sit 11th on the WQS ratings. In my mind, I feel I still have a long way to go. I have 3 six star events left and anything could happen… I don’t want to start counting chickens just yet.
Q. In the QS you keep only your top 7 scores to make up your points total for the season. How many points was your 7th event?
A. At the beginning of the year I set a goal for myself and that was to average 1000 points in my top 7 counting the WQS event. With three events left, I have a low score of 880 points in my top 7 events. I am looking to replace that with a score of at least 1000 in order to achieve the goal I have set for myself. I try not to let the pressure of the event or event locations get to me. I only let the pressure of not achieving my personal goals get to me.
Q. Who are your sponsors?
A. My sponsors are Quicksilver, Reef, Bud Light.