Update about the PWA world cup in Bonaire and the time in Lanzarote and Fuerteventura

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).

Some local media links from the event:

http://www.moss-avis.no/sport/oda-snuste-pa-en-pallplass-i-karibia-1.8490928

http://www.smaalenene.no/sport/article7446093.ece

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.

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.

 

New video from the west coast of Norway!

 

Some pics from the roadtrip.

New video and windsurfing in Norway

I arrived back home from Bonaire 3-4 weeks ago. My last weeks there were so good, with a lot of sailing in strong wind. Happy to land all the moves I planned to learn on this trip. I just uploaded a clip from my last sessions there. Mainly filmed by KUMA movie – thanks!

Soon the 2nd episode of our “Journals of an Endless Summer” with Arrianne Aukes, Maeli Cherel and me will be online. Maeli Cherel is the one who is editing the 2nd episode, so pretty excited to see it soon. If you missed the first one, watch it here:

Back home I have to say that life in Norway isn’t like life in Bonaire. At home I actually have to wear a watch to not miss out on things. No time to just live after the sun anymore. A week after I arrived back home I had a 15 minutes performance on the stage in Askim Culture House to talk about my adventures with windsurfing. It was for youth and a bit older people. Even my grandmother came. Maybe she got inspired to start with freestyle too?

Last weeks I’ve been working as much as possible and at the same time trying to windsurf as much as possible. It hasn’t been as windy as I was hoping for, but when it’s been wind I’ve been there. Fortunately I have some really cool and spontaneous friends. One of them is Ruben. One day we decided to drive all the way to to the south, Lista. In total we spent 12 hours driving for a 4 hour evening session. Perfect conditions for our Freek 4.8. And at the end we could have been on 4.0, but as lazy as I am (Ruben as well), we stayed with 4.8 and we were flying around having such a fun time. When it became darker and full moon we drove back towards Oslo during night. At 6 in the morning we were almost back home. On our way I spoke with my friend Dag, who where on his way to a spot called Bliksenkilen. So Ruben dropped me off along the road and Dag picked me up with all my gear, and there we were already on our way for a new session. I was a bit tired after driving the whole night, but woke up as soon as I got the cold water in my face. Have a look at the pics from Lista:

Even on the 17th of May (the Norwegian National day) we had some wind. I jumped out of my “bunad” (Norwegian National suit)  into my new O’neill Psycho wetsuit. Thanks to O’neill for helping me out with new wetsuit after someone stole all my old ones while I was in Bonaire.

Last weeks it looks like the media has been interested in windsurfing. Even Afterposten, which is the biggest newspaper in Norway, put a double page up with windsurfing. See the photos here and links below:

Link Aftenposten: http://www.aftenposten.no/100Sport/Eliteseriespiller-i-handball-ble-brettseiler-i-verdenstoppen-435697_1.snd#.U3O0oygUOF

Link Moss Avis:http://www.moss-avis.no/sport/oda-25-kjemper-i-verdenstoppen-i-brettseiling-1.8441322

Link Smaalenenes Avis:http://www.smaalenene.no/sport/article7271684.ece

New web episode is online: “Journals of an Endless Summer”

After my first two weeks on Bonaire I got company of my good windsurfing friends Arrianne Aukes and Maeli Cherel. We were such a dreamteam living and spending 24 hours everyday together. Was really sad when they left after one month. It should be illegal to have so much fun as we had on and off the water. We were lucky with the wind as we could sail almost everyday, driving scooters and pretty much enjoying the Carribbean life. We filmed for our new web episodes called “Journals of an Endless Summer”. Hope you will like it! Watch the first episode now on the link below!

 

 

 

 

B O N A I R E!

Finally back in the Carribbean! Already spent more than a week here. Scored some nice 5.2 sessions and three very good 4.8 days. Sailing here is the best as learning new moves is easier with the flatwater and nice chop at Sorobon beach. Also a great feeling sailing in crystal clear water.

Really nice to be back and see friends from last year. And rumour has it that my windsurfingfriends Arrianne Aukes and Maeli are on their way to this windy island in a few days. Going to be alot of fun with more girls freestyling, and the forcast looks good.

A few days ago there was a “best trick” competition. Girls and boys all mixed. It got filmed, and will be put online so people can vote for the winner. Was such a nice time and everybody was on fire. Of course I don’t have a chance against the best guys like world champion Kiri Thode and all those guys, but managed to land a lot of moves I’ve been training last days. At least it was good training and everybody had so much fun.

Check out a short clip from a morning session:

Gallery from last days. Photos taken by Dieter van der Eyken.

Back on the water!

After spending seven weeks off the water here in Norway, the wind and the warm temperatures (4 degrees) were finally back! I was getting crazy not sailing for such a long time. Doesn’t make it easier when a big amount of my windsurfing friends constantly uploaded photos sailing in South Africa, Australia, Bonaire and Venezuela…

Sunday was pretty cool. I drove to my homespot Ørekroken, which is the best spot in the world. I was sailing my brand new Starboard Flare 91 liter and the Severne Freek 4.4. Together with a 5/3 wetsuit I was actually sweating in the 4 degrees. The wind was strong and I got some nice small waves/chop who helped me to land my first proper shaka!

MVI_0961.MOV_snapshot_11.56_[2014.01.01_13.15.01] A photo from Ørekroken 7 weeks ago. 1622000_10153872621750094_1254256435_n

In a few hours I’m flying to Bonaire for a new two month trip. Hopefully the windseason there will be as good as last year.

IMG_5268 Bonaire last year 310313_D3_9034_msPhoto by Markus Seidel