Hawaii, Bonaire and Norway

The last weeks I spent on Bonaire were great. We got a few really windy days during our last week which made our stay there complete. Bonaire was the perfect training ground with a lot of world cup sailors to freestyle with after Christmas.

While staying on Bonaire I flew to Maui (Hawaii) to take part of the Starboard photo shoot. What a great experience! I flew there together with Kiri Thode. Due to a delayed flight it took us three days to get there with four different flights. But we had a great time in Curacao, Miami and LA. Thanks to Kiri and Qirin for showing me around in Curacao.

Finally arriving on Maui, my good friend and ‘sister’ from Peru, Carolina Butrich Schwartzmann, picked me up at the airport. Arriving on Maui I felt the ALOHA straight away! On my first day we went to the beach for a small SUP session. During the shoot with Starboard we also had some time to do other stuff and see a bit of the island. Maui is beautiful! We went to watch the sunrise on top of Haleakala (3055 meters) and the waterfalls named Twin Falls. The jungle with the waterfalls is really impressive. This island has it all with the volcanoes, jungle and the ocean. Looks like a pretty nice place to live with funny and friendly people.

The shoot with Starboard was a lot of fun. Not every day you have a helicopter chasing you on the water. I met all the other team riders of freestyle, wave, slalom and SUP. It is a big team with passionate riders from all over the world. It was great to meet the crew from Starboard who I never met before as they are working in Thailand. Since I’m over the average interested in windsurfing gear I enjoyed trying all the new boards in slalom, freestyle, wave and freeride. I can tell you there is some good stuff coming out for the 2016 boards! Check out some photos below. No action photos as I can’t show the new boards yet!

Arriving back in Norway after Hawaii and Bonaire I went sailing the next day. But this time slalom sailing. My new Starboard iSonic 2015 110 liter and a Severne Reflex6 7.8 had arrived, so it was time for some testing! Sailing slalom is way more fun than expected! Racing with my friends is cool, but racing with my boyfriend is just hilarious. The first time we were laughing more than actually focusing on the speed. I really see how excited Håkon gets when he is on that slalom board thinking he is one of the fastest in the world=)

Slalom is a good combination with freestyle. When I am driving to sail freestyle and the wind is not as strong as predicted I can always go for a slalom session and get more time on the water. Pretty awesome how light the wind can be and still get good speed with a slalom set-up. Check out a 1 min clip sailing slalom:

Last weekend was the first event of the Norwegian Freestyle Cup. We were 10 riders competing and we managed to sail a whole single and double elimination. It was a mix with men and women competing together. Two girls and eight men/boys. It was a lot of fun and great heat training on a pretty cold day. I won the single elimination sailing against Håkon Skorge in the final. In the double elimination we met each other again in the final, and then he won. So we had to sail again in a super final. It was a close race, but I was lucky and won in the end.

The Norwegian TV channel NRK joined me the day before the competition to have a closer look on windsurfing. Check out this reportage they sent on the TV a few days ago. It starts at 8min 35 sec.

LINK: http://tv.nrk.no/serie/distriktsnyheter-oestfold/DKOS99042815/28-04-2015

Some news from Smaalenenes Avis:

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Back on Bonaire!

Last month I flew back to the crystal clear water paradise Bonaire. For the first time in two years here in the Caribbean, I arrived to no wind! I kept myself busy going to the gym and running on these “exciting roads”. The gym on Bonaire, HFC Bonaire, is pretty awesome with all the equipment you need. In the evenings it’s almost like a discoparty – great music, lights, sweaty people and a good vibe!

Finally after a week of waiting, the wind kicked in non-stop for two weeks! Was great to sail again, and I spent my time on the water as good as possible. When the wind got lighter I went for some slalom sessions for the first time in my life. With a 7,8 meter sail and the iSonic 110 I could get good speed with this gear in super light wind. Thanks to Kiri for lending me some gear and rigging! Pretty excited to try out my own slalom gear when I get back to Norway in April. I definitely have to work a lot on my slalom style… Check out some photos taken by Marc van Swoll, Younieq Experiences. 10969035_10205335821702598_1034734918_o

Another highlight besides the windsurfing is to stay at the Sorobon Beach Resort, which is located right where we are sailing. It is a beautiful place, epic food and a really friendly crew working there. The resort is also arranging the famous Sorobon Master competition that last year was full of top PWA riders. This year the competition will take place in May.

I’m looking forward to be spending two more months on Bonaire. Fingers crossed for another windy season. During my stay here I will also fly out for a short 10 days trip to Maui, Hawaii. That will be a new adventure as I have never been there before. Looking forward to that and also the reunion with the Peruvian “sisters” Carolina and Alexandra!

Pics and update about Brazil

Right before Christmas I went back to Norway after three windy months in Brazil. It’s always sad to leave my favourite windsurfingspot and my friends there, but also time to go back home. The stay there was great with strong wind almost every day. Just look how much this dog was struggling against the wind!

IMG_4852 The battle: Dog vs. wind

From my stay in Brazil I made a short freestyle clip.

Some of the clips were filmed from our trip to Maceio. I love that place. We went with a big group of friends and camped with hammocks right on the beach for a few days. Everybody sailed so much and improved a lot. Jeri can be super crowded in November, and that’s why it was even better to go to such a nice spot where there were only a few friends on the water. Learning new moves were a lot easier as you didn’t have to worry about crashing with other sailors, which is never cool.

bilde  The bedsIMG_6394 Phil enjoying a normal sunset, Maceio

This year in Jeri there weren’t any windsurfing competitions, so just free-sailing. But we had one massive competition with 23 participants. The famous “Jeri cake competition 2014″. Congrats to Arrianne Aukes and Phil Soltysiak for the 1st place, Silmara for 2nd and Håkon and Kyro for 3rd place. My team with Carina and Alexandra got the boring 4th place with our really dry Brownie – that we even made it to the top 4 is still a mystery…

Big thanks to everybody in Jeri for making the time there so much fun and all the cool sessions together freestyling, sailing waves, jumping, dancing, surfing and SUPing.

Some links to different sites where you can watch my clip from Brazil:

PWA http://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=2972&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=81800f67124ca3831034ad450647db2b

Redbull http://www.redbull.com/no/no/surfing/stories/1331697900983/oda-johanne-stokstad-brodholt-brasil-windsurf

Continentseven http://www.continentseven.com/2015/01/06/oda-johanne-in-brazil-video/

Boardseeker http://www.boardseekermag.com/news/girls-gone-wild/#R4Q9yEEbGShGCBQr.97

Friflyt http://www.fftv.no/odas-nye-triks

SmaalenesAvis http://www.smaalenene.no/Oda_trener_i_alt_fra_Brasil_varme_til_Hvaler_kulde-5-38-9543.html

Severne sails http://severnesails.com/news/oda-johanne-vice-worldchampion-freestyle-woman-training-brazil

Starboard http://www.star-board-windsurfing.com/2015/news_events/video-oda-johannes-2014-in-brazil

New movie and fish attack!

Check out a new movie with an interview edited by Fri Flyt on the link below. Thanks to Fri Flyt and Red Bull Norway for the movie.

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http://www.redbull.com/no/no/surfing/stories/1331681744602/oda-johanne

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The last weeks in Brazil have been really windy. Between 35-50 knots. Sailing most on 4.0 and 3.6. After two weeks of sailing in Jeri I decided to change the spot for a few days.

Together with a German Crew, the polish sailor Kuba and Carina from Austria, I went to the famous flat water spot Camocim. We stayed for five days and sailed every day. Arrianne Aukes arrived to Camocim the same day as us from Holland. It was a nice reunion and fun sailing with everybody in Camocim again. All the locals improved so much since last year. There was a lot of action on the water, especially cool to see Hugo Sousa sailing in 40-50 knots at his home spot. He landed spock into kabi, air-skopu into burner, air-skopu into funnel funnel funnel funnel?!? Just unreal!

My friend Kuba visited Camocim for the first time of his life, and it was a bloody experience for him. He crashed a big move, and after the crash he climbed really fast (more like panic climbing) onto his board and trying to uphal the sail instead of water starting. He sailed back to the beach with a bloody arm. For a second I thought it was a small shark attack (after all the rumors about sharks in Camocim), but apparently he got bit by a fish named Snakehead… Check the photo, not exactly the type of fish you want to have close body contact with…

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After Camocim we went back to Jeri and sailed some nice waves. We had especially two really good days sailing only waves. You could do plenty of turns on each wave- just like a dream day in Jeri. With long distance between the waves, and waves rolling in the whole day, everybody was happy. Check out this photo of Edvan sailing a nice wave.

Waves Jeri

More photos:

Thanks to Jeri250 (Edvan and Aurora), Håkon and Kuba for the photos.