3700 kilometers in Europe – once in a lifetime road trip!

Every windsurfer, surfer, mountain biker or kiter should at least once in their life go on a road trip and just do awesome things! Being on a road trip, camping around at different spots every day is a different kind of travelling. You have the opportunity to discover more places and spots that would be harder to find if you are flying to your destinations. Another good thing is that you don’t need to spend time convincing the airlines that your windsurf bags aren’t to heavy or have too big dimensions. You just pack your car and drive away!

The 16th of May I went on a road trip with my boyfriend Håkon. We packed his car, an old Volkswagen 1997, with freestyle and slalom gear. We had three weeks to drive wherever we wanted and the only thing that was our plan was to drive to the wind! Believe it or not, the car made it all the way without any problems.
Our home for 3 weeks Our home for three weeks

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On our first day we drove and scored a nice session in small waves in Varberg in Sweden. Not a bad day to celebrate the Norwegian national day the 17th of May! There were a lot of sailors on the water and a big amount of Norwegian friends sailing there too! It was cool to see Markus Rydberg, the local wave sailor, rip in the waves. A nice guy that is really serious with his training – I like that!
Varberg Some airtime in Sweden

Shaka in the wave Shaka in the wave

After a day in Sweden we drove straight to Amstelmeer in Holland and had a great time at the super flat spots around the area with our friend and local freestyler Danny Kater.
Holland

Holland
When we had sailed a whole day in Holland the forecast in Leucate (south of France), started to look extremely promising. It’s a far drive from Holland to the south of France, but we decided to go for it. And what a week!!! More than a week with wind between 25-60 knots! One day we couldn’t even sail as it was too windy! That feeling is almost worse than having no wind, since you feel like you’re wasting it! But it was so windy I almost thought the car was going to flip around at some times.
Man in war with the wind Remember to use protection =)

Normal style in the strong wind Man vs. 60 knots

A guy speedsailing in 60 knots Speed sailor

In France we sailed different spots every day, in the lakes and at the ocean. Luckily we have a French friend, Gerald, who always told us where we should sail every day to get the best conditions. My most used sails in France were overpowered Severne FREEK 3.6 and 4.0. I was mainly training burners there and it was really cool to sail out of half of my tries. It’s much easier there with the dead flat water and super strong wind! As soon as the wind drops or more chop, the move is suddenly way harder to land. So I need some more training on that.

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When we had spent a bit more than a week in France the wind was gone, so we drove back to Holland with a good forecast ahead. We got a whole week with wind there. So lucky with the good timing. The highlight of the trip were the days we spent in Brouwersdam. Here we sailed with the Starboard and Severne teammates Dieter van der Eyken and Maaike Huverman. The wind was really good for 4.4. I love this spot as the pool is really small so you get a lot of tries, which means the session gets really intense. The spot outside the pool is also fun with nice chop to do some tricks off. My plan is to go back there in October to participate in the EFPT (European Freestyle Pro Tour) in freestyle.
Kono, Brouwersdam

Sailing with Maaike. Her local spot Session with Maaike

Timed flied really fast after a week in Holland and soon it was about time to drive towards Norway. On our way we had a pit stop in Denmark and got a sweet slalom session close to the bridge between Denmark and Sweden. Here we randomly met some friends we had spent time with in Brazil two years ago, so that was a great reunion with Andreas Larsen and Karl-Søren!
Slalom in Denmark. Bonus session Denmark

Håkon getting ready for some racing. Always so happy! Håkon getting ready for some slalom!

Slalom in Denmark Starboard iSonic 110 and Severne Reflex 7.8

After this day we headed back to our homespot Ørekroken in Norway since the forecast was EPIC. It was so windy that day. Small jumping waves and 3.6 out of control! The next day we went to another homespot Larkollen and sailed the whole day. The parking lot was completely full of windsurfers and it was a good atmosphere at the beach. We sailed so many hours, so I was pretty tired on the last day of our road trip!

We`ll definitely do plenty more road trips in the future, as it was such an awesome time! We had wind every day, except the days we drove, so we are thankful to the wind gods!
Thanks to everybody we met and hope to see you again next year!
Maui Ultra fin smile!

In a few days I’m flying to Fuerteventura to train two weeks before the PWA Freestyle World Cup kicks off. Time for some action!

Slalom competition in Norway

What a fun weekend! Lost more than half of the heats in the Norwegian slalom competition this weekend because I had to work in the morning, but managed to sail a few races! This photo describes my preparation for the race.
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I arrived to the beach 5 minutes before start of the 3rd heat, changed to wetsuit in 10 seconds while my boyfriend rigged my sail and my mom and sister got my board to the beach. Thanks! A great event with 15 riders (two girls, rest men). We all raced in the same heats, so a big amount of 15 riders sailing around the marks. It was cool and I won three races and got disqualified in two – so much to learn, but I love the feeling of racing!
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After the PWA World Cup in freestyle in Fuerteventura, I will fly to Turkey in August, to participate in the PWA Slalom World Cup to learn more slalom and get my ass kicked. I think the PWA slalom girls are superfast! Hope it will be a good experience for the future!
Check out a super short slalom clip filmed after the competition at my athlete page on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Oda-Johanne-N-500/1606375879622238. I was sailing on my Starboard iSonic 110 and Severne Reflex6 7’8 all day. The wind was not so strong.

Something else that is really cool is my upcoming clinic! I am organizing a weekend for intermediate windsurfing girls who want to improve their level. So far there are 15 girls that will participate. There are a few spaces left, so if you want to join check out the poster for info and send me an e-mail: odajohanne@hotmail.com
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Max Matissek edit from our training in Jeri

A must watch video! Really cool to be part of my friend Max Matisseks new video from our trip to Jericoacoara, Brazil. Watch the clip and see action with riders like Marcilio Brown, Phil Soltysiak, Arrianne Aukes, Davy Sheffers and Antony Ruenes. When Max makes a new video it turns out better then an average windsurfclip, enjoy it!

Upcoming competitions and NEW VIDEO ONLINE! Oda Johanne – Freestyle in the Caribbean

Don’t miss my latest clip from Bonaire! I spent a lot of time there during winter and it was awesome! Remember to put on English subtitles if you don’t understand Norwegian.

Thanks to Sorobon Beach Resort and Jibe City for taking care of me while being on Bonaire!

Follow my new adventures at my athlete page on facebook: Oda Johanne N-500 and instagram: odajohanne_n500

My next competitions will be:

PWA World Cup Fuerteventura 24th of July

PWA World Cup Turkey Slalom 17th of August

EFPT Freestyle Holland October

Wind Jeri wave and freestyle competition November

Hope to see you there!

 

 

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!