Last weekend was amazing sailing waves on Saturday and slalom/freestyle on Sunday! Check out the photos taken from Lene, Adam and Håkon.
Thanks to all the cool 25 girls joining my windsurfing camp at Ørekroken last weekend! We had fantastic weather with sun and 20-25 knots on Saturday. Also a nice BBQ in the evening. Sunday a bit lighter wind which was perfect for some light wind training! It was amazing to see how much they all improved just after two days on the water training hard. Thanks to my dad for the BBQ and Håkon for teaching!
My next camp will be 19.-20. september in Norway around Larkollen/Ørekroken. Send me an e-mail to book: email@example.com
In November-December I will be in Jericoacoara in Brazil, so if you need some lessons you can book this also: firstname.lastname@example.org
From 15th of February-20th of April I will be on Bonaire – if you need some windsurfing lessons book early: email@example.com
After a great result getting 2nd in the PWA World Cup in freestyle last month, I wanted another challenge. I decided to fly to Alacati in Turkey to give the slalom discipline a try. I’ve never went to a competition with such a bad preparation before. In my life I’ve been sailing slalom twelve times. Trying to get used to cambers and gybes instead of spinning around shaka’s and flaka’s is a big difference. In freestyle you never do a gybe, but in slalom it’s only about speed, gybes and some tactical skills.
Five days before my flight, all my slalom gear arrived, just in time to go with me to Alacati. Packing this big gear was a challenge, as all my bags were too heavy according to the rules. But it worked!
Arriving in beautiful Alacati for the first time was nice. It’s a paradise for windsurfing and a very nice city. With 31 girls competing I knew it would be a battle on the water just to go through to the semi final to sail a winner’s or loser’s final. In total we sailed 4 eliminations. I went through the first round in all these eliminations and even made it into one winner’s final and won one loser’s final! Very happy about that! Being able to pass people that I look up to in slalom and be a bit faster in some heats gave me a big motivation to start to train more slalom. My biggest challenge was gybing around the marks with 8 people at the same time. Not one gybe is the same. You have to make sure you don’t get sandwiched between two or more sailors, and try to keep your speed as much as possible. I realized that gybing alone out on the ocean is a different story than gybing in a heat.
My big fear during this competition was to cross the start line too early and get disqualified, but luckily it never happened! It’s just so boring to miss out because of that, but at the same time you want to be right at the time to get a good start, which seems to be the key to win in slalom.
We sailed four eliminations and got one discard, so overall I ended up on 12th position in this event out of 31 girls! Can not be anything else than happy about that, having 8th as the best result!
Congrats to Sarah Offringa for winning the event with great sailing the last days! Very impressive! Congrats to rest of the girls for great action on the water with a high competition level.
A massive thanks to Steve Allen for all the help tuning my gear perfect and all the advice’s for racing. Thanks to Miriam for bringing some of my sails back home too!
Hope to be back next year! Time for more slalom training.
The PWA World Cup in Freestyle took place on Fuerteventura the 24th – 28th of July. As this was the only world cup in freestyle this year, it was also the world championship. It was the windiest event I have ever participated in. We sailed heats every day and managed to sail two full double eliminations and a single elimination on the last day.
There were 14 girls from all over the world competing. It was a battle on the water with the super strong wind up to 40 knots and chop from all directions. After five days of competing I managed to get the 2nd place and become Vice World Champion 2015! A dream came true!
Results from the competition:
First single elimination: 2nd place
First double elimination: 3rd place
2nd single elimination: 2nd place
2nd double elimination: 2nd place
3rd single elimination: 2nd place
Who would get the 2nd and 3rd, 4th and 5th place were still open before the last day. The day before when we sailed the 2nd double elimination, I won the heat against Maaike Huvermaan with a 2-1 decision only winning with 0,5 point. It was such a small margin that it was only luck.
Last day of competition I just wanted to sail better heats, as I the day before sometimes were missing one or two moves. I was really relaxed while sailing and started off by winning the first heat against Eva Chiochetti with 51 points on the score sheet! Pretty happy about that. In the next heat I was again sailing against Maaike. I sailed a solid heat, landing all 8 moves, and won with a good margin to secure the overall 2nd place.
For the 4th time I was facing the 8 x World Champion Sarah-Quitta Offringa in the final. Again she put on a great show with burners, culos, massive shaka 360’s. WELL deserved winning the event to the Queen of Freestyle Sarah Offringa! I did my best trying a burner, landing a shaka360, flaka off the wave, funnel and kono, but still it was not enough sailing against Sarah. Pretty sure she would kick ass competing with the men =)
It was a great World Cup and congrats to Sarah Offringa for first place, Maaike for 3rd place, Yoli Brendt for 4th and Arrianne Aukes for 5th place. I guess the level has never been as high as in this competition, and I’m hoping that we can come back here next year to compete again.
I want to say a big thanks to Håkon for all the help during the competition, and all the support from my family and sponsors: Starboard, Severne, MUF, O’neill, Askim og Spydeberg Sparebank, Glava and Smaalenene.
During the week I was watching a lot of the men’s heats. I was very impressed by Severne and Starboard rider Dieter van der Eyken who won the event sailing very smart and consistent. Congrats!!!
After the competition I spent two days sailing with Sarah Offringa at different spots on the island filming for her new movie. She is, together with filmer/producer Julian, making a movie about Sarah’s life as a windsurfer.
They have been filming all over the world: Australia, Island, Aruba, Pozo, Tenerife, Fuerteventura… The movie will be out in October (if I remember right) and if you are a windsurfer you have one thing to do: pre-order the movie and support their film project here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/cabeibusha-the-curly-gem#/story
It will be the next big windsurfing movie, and the first professional video about a female windsurfer that has won the world championships 8 times in a row! I am really excited to watch it.
Now I just arrived back home to Norway. I will be home for a few days before I’m flying to Turkey, Alacati to compete in the PWA Slalom World Cup. It’s going to be very interesting, as I don’t have much experience with slalom. I’m ready to get used to my smaller slalom gear for the first time during the competition. But no matter how this goes I’m going there to learn to sail faster. The list of women competing is long with 28 girls from all over the world, and I will be joined by other freestylers like Arrianne Aukes, Maaike Huvermaan and Sarah Offringa. Let’s hope they also bring a bag of freestyle gear so we can have some fun freestyling!
Three days left till the start of the 2015 PWA World Cup here on Fuerteventura! Check out my new clip from a trainingsession.