Mazatlan.- Without a doubt, 2021 was an unforgettable year for the adapted surfer, Martín Díaz, who last December participated for the first time in an adapted World Surfing Championship, being among the best in the world; however, the young man’s dream is far from over, because by 2022 new dreams and adventures are on the horizon.
What is coming for you this 2022?
A very interesting year is coming for me, I am excited and happy, full of emotions and very nervous about what is to come. Martín continues to compete, in fact, this year 2022 we are going to travel to Hawaii to fulfill my dream of traveling to the island, since they have just professionalized an adapted surf league, and one of the first stops that the league manages is in the town Waikiki Hawaii on June 7.”
“Right now I’m working, planning how I can get to Hawaii, and the second important stop of the year will be what is part of the adapted professional tour, in September in Oceanside, California,” explained ‘Shutama’.
How would you describe 2021 for Martín Díaz?
2021 was a year of many challenges, of adventures; I went to California and competed in those tournaments that I used to see far away, and now that I can experience them from the inside I feel happy. Also within the community of surfers with disabilities, because Martín is becoming more relevant year after year, and I think that tomorrow, not too far away, we will be able to become world champions and achieve the top positions in adapted surfing tournaments, which It’s what we aspire to.”
How have you seen the growth of adapted Surfing in recent times?
The truth is that I am quite excited because in the next few years we are going to have a Paralympic where Surfing is going to be added, and it is something that excites me a lot to think that I am going to compete in my first Pan American Games”.
“Adapted Surfing seems to be going to have a little more relevance now in the subject of federated sport, and it is something very motivating, it is a dream for every Mexican to be able to enter such a high-level competition, and I see that as a long-term project, but meanwhile we are going to work to be within the ranking and be able to achieve a dream as big as the World Cup in December,” concluded the Mazatlan.
How are you preparing to continue in competitions?
Unfortunately in this winter season in Mazatlan we do not have many waves, because the waves are not in our favor, so what we do to be in good condition when there are no waves in Mazatlan is to travel to other places. The swells of the North favor us more like Nayarit, how is the State of Michoacán, so always in these seasons we are trying to travel, and if there is no possibility of going elsewhere we lock ourselves in the gym and try to be working the resistance or force.”
“These days I am almost always inside the gym if there are no waves, since I feel that surfing is one of the most jealous sports, because you can stop practicing for 10 days or a month and it seems that you stop for a year, then part of the discipline of a surfer is to be in constant evolution and training in the water or out of it,” he said.
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What do you expect, and how do you see yourself at the events at the door?
The truth is that when I just suffered the accident there was someone who told me that my life was going to change, that I should see it as a movie, a movie that is sometimes comedy, sometimes sadness and sometimes achievements, and I don’t know why that always It stuck in my head and now after 11 years of that event, I still have it very much in mind as my philosophy”.
“I visualize Martín being a world champion, traveling to Hawaii, meeting many people and places; knowing many very beautiful beaches and always dreaming of being a champion and giving my best,” said Díaz.
Martin will share his experience
Martín Díaz mentioned that in addition to his passion for the waves, there is now a new documentary project where he plans to show his life, his experiences and his adventures with the Mazatlan filmmaker Jesús Guerrero.
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I am working on a short film with a man from Mazatle named Jesús Guerrero, we are recording as a film by Martín Díaz, a long-term project that we have been recording for 2 years. It’s one of the things I’m also keeping an eye on, one of the biggest projects I have right now, working hard on a feature-length documentary of my life story.”
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