The PWA event in Poland was really crazy. On Saturday, we sailed in front of 30.000 people inside the national footballstadium in Warsaw. To sail freestyle in the pool was really hard. I need more experience sailing indoor. But anyway, it was a very nice time in Poland with all the other riders and my whole family and friends who came all the way from Norway.
Before I went to Bonaire and Fuerteventura to compete in the world cup I had a cooperation with the norwegian magazine Fri Flyt. They wanted short online episodes of how to learn different moves and basic skills in windsurfing. So if you want to learn windsurfing or improve your skills, have a look at the episodes below on http://www.friflyt.no.
The last world cup for the ladies just finished here in Fuerteventura. It was a great event, and we had some really windy days. We finished one single and one double elimination. I ended up on 3rd place for this event, and I’m very happy with that. In all my heats I was sailing Severne Freek 4.0 or 4.4 with my 91 liter Starboard Flare. For me this was perfect, as strong wind is my favorite condition. I also got some extra adrenaline in my heat for the 3rd place in the single elimination as a 2,5 meter long shark was seen in the competition area right before the start of this heat.
As this is the last event for the girls this season, my overall result in the freestyle world cup 2014 is 2nd place! Pretty crazy and stoked about that! Big thanks for the support from my family, Håkon and my sponsors. Congrats to all the other riders for great results. I’m hoping to be able to continue competing in the freestyle world cup for the next years.
Check out some photos in the gallery! And this video from the event:
In June, PWA arranged the first freestyle world cup of the year in Bonaire, in the Caribbean. The first day of the competition there was no wind, so everybody was preparing their gear and relaxed. After this day we sailed four days in a row. We managed to sail through two single and two double eliminations. For me this was my best result ever ending up on an overall 4th place. The best day for me was in the last single elimination, when I managed to advance against the very experienced sailor, Yoli de Brendt from Venezuela, and later on Maaike Huverman, who was ending up on a very impressive 2nd place. Even though we had great wind during the whole competition, this day was the only day with really strong wind, which is my favorite condition. I had some heats on 4.4 and some on 4.8. I was enjoying this day and was happy with ending the single elimination on a 3rd place. The next day we had the last double elimination and the wind was not that strong sailing with 5.2 during my heats. I had problems landing shakas and sw.konos which I knew I had to land to have a chance against Maaike. We had a very good and close heat, but I lost and Maaike went further and ended up a well-deserved 2nd place, after advancing against Arrianne Aukes again. On the first place, the Queen of Freestyle, is still Sara-Quita Offringa, from Aruba. She did shove-it spocks, culos, burners, shaka-flakas. So no one could take her title away.
I will say thanks to everybody who made this event happen and congrats to all the riders for great results. Also big thanks to my sponsors for all the help! (Check the photos).
Now, I’m already in Fuerteventura with Håkon. We drove all the way from Norway to Spain, and took the ferry over to Lanzarote. We had three days of sailing in Lanzarote. One of the days the swell was big, and I did some of my highest shakas, including a lot of hard crashes.
First day sailing in Lanzarote
Håkon and me
In Fuerteventura we have had wind every day with 4.8, 4.4. and 4.0. It’s nice to be back here in Fuerte, sailing great evening sessions with friends. Let’s hope the wind stays for the next PWA world cup that will be here end of the month.