Interview to Ricardo Perez Barcenas
Thu 15 Sep 2011 Yarobis Garcias 4 Comments
The "Riky" as all everyone say is one of the inspirations of the young climbers of the Cuban capital. Pocito # 124 between Santiago and Gonzalez Marquez. Centro Habana, with flooded streets and facades corroded by time, that give a nostalgic and romantic, were Ricardo Perez Barcenas grew. 25 years old, born on January 8, 1986, who has become one of the best climbers in Cuba.
Third-difficulty-in Competition Climbing National Viñales 2009, first place in the National Climbing Competition Viñales 2010. In his list of stringing a series of interwoven history 7th grade as a fan of the rock. Viñales is the main vertical stage but has explored other areas of the island, like Matanzas and Santiago de Cuba to make blocks. But in the Almendares this their own school.
EC(Cuba Climbing). Living in the heart of Havana, How you discover your passion for climbing?
R(Riky). From little boy I always liked the "encaramadera" in the bushes, walls or any structure to put meters between the floor and I, but it was not until February 2004 at the Morro, which I first see someone climbing and asked let me try, at which point I started to go, whenever i could to the Morro. I met with anyone with computer and took every opportunity to climb, I began to learn little by little people and with the help of many friends and got some equipment so I went poking in the world of rock climbing.
EC. I think your vertical started was at the "El Morro and Bulder" When you go to Viñales for the first time, what happened?
R. Viñales is the most amazing place I've ever had the opportunity to climb. It is impossible to forget the silly face I put on my first time in the Cave of the Cow Head. The height, the diversity of the rock, the difficulty, the people, the landscape is mixed things, creates the perfect place for Cuban climbers, without a doubt the best place in Cuba for climbing and the good thing is that every time you discover new goals and every day you can try something different, something you can not do in Havana.
EC. Steel spirit to keep practicing in the "Bulder". Do you consider this place as the climbers school to Havana?
R. The "Bulder" despite being a small place is the place where they have gone most of the climbers of Havana, where they are formed. Although many began to climb in the Morro has been the "Bulder" for easy access for all, by the requirement of its collapse and the variety of difficulties, the most preferred place for people of Havana. Furthermore it is the place where we not only scale, but has become a place to talk and discuss different topics.
EC. Given the limitations of areas for training. How do you get into shape for competitions?
R. I can't really tell you about a particular program or follow the guide me, this is essentially go to the boulder, try to sweat a lot and get as fit as possible.
EC. In 2009 you took third in difficulty, but in 2010 the trend was clear what motivated you to strive their best to agenciarte these positions?
R. By nature I must admit that "I am very competitive," so each race is almost a personal challenge, but not in a bad way. It's a way to prove yourself the measures of their abilities and skills. Also in each contest exchanges with other climbers and that's one way to see the level of others and try your own. I guess I have only tried to do my best to make every effort.
EC. Sector Dopico, long wait, impatiently, but everyone cheered when you start in the super final, and how. What feels at times like these?
R. Actually that was a very strange time: I was so nervous that I nearly fell, but was also the most exciting moment of the entire competition.
EC. Boulder Competition. When everyone thought impossible to solve the problems, you showed up again with your strategies.
R. I always liked Boulder but I think I was lucky. I, like everyone wanted to win, but I never do.
EC. Viewing your results in recent years. Do you consider yourself a climber for competitions?
R. I do not know if I am climbing skills or not, but I feel them very well. I think that the competitions "get the better of me."
EC. You have no 8th in the bag. They come this year?
R. I wish, but if they come or not, do not know. I have to wait and see what happens.
EC. The next competition will be in Jaruco Nacional Havana. What do you intend?
R. I intend to do their best as always. Otherwise, competition will tell.
EC. I think you've become an engine of the escalation in Havana. How can you accept this?
R. In Havana there are many people doing much climbing and between all try to do everything possible to help each other and people starting new.
EC. Finally. What do you suggest to the new ones arrive?
R. Well first I suggest that "learn how not to kill oneself" and then to be made to grades. And you enjoy climbing as they like.