For my winter training this year I decided to travel back to one of my favourite places for windsurfing, Jericoacoara. To get here, from Norway, took me more than 50 hours, instead of 16 hours. Some delayed flights, flat tire on the flight, things falling apart inside the flight and so on… But finally I made it to Jericoacoara, in Brazil.
Jeri is really famous for the strong wind the months before Christmas. You can sail everyday with sails between 3.6 and 4.4. I have spent one week here now, and the two first days I was sailing on my Flare 91 and Freek 4.0. Landed some new moves like Shaka into Flaka and spin loop (which I’m not a big fan of…yet!) After a few days I had to rig my 3.6 as the wind increased more and more. One of the days, I left the water after just 40 minutes as the wind was too strong. I had so many hard crashes, but when you land your moves in this wind it’s a great feeling, as you can rotate the moves twice as fast. I haven’t sailed 3.6 once the last two years, so I tell you it was strong. After a week with many hours on the water, I got some problems with my foot, due to too much sailing. It is getting way better now, so tomorrow I will be back on the water again.
Jeri is a really special place for me as I spent so many months of my life here the past three years. The day I arrived I did everything that Jeri has to offer. I sailed, ate Acai, Miller’s cheesebread, Na Casa Dela with the girls here, and at the end some hours of Forro! A perfect start of my three months stay here.
In a few days there will be more sailors arriving here, including my boyfriend who is having his final exams soon! Looking forward to see more friends here the next days.
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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: