“A Windsurfer´s Dream” – New video

«A Windsurfer´s Dream»

Thanks to Tom Deburchgrave for the filming and editing. It was great doing this together in Cape Town during a few sessions on the water.

The video is about my journey from a life of playing handball, studying and living in Norway, to becoming a professional windsurfer traveling the world searching for wind!

As this video goes online now, I really want to thank a few special people who made this life possible, and guided me to follow my heart to live a different life! It started with a motivation speech from Karina Hollekim – one of the most badass women (in a good way) on the planet. Base jumping from the top of mountains and just being awesome traveling the world. After that day I wanted to do something similar. Not jump from cliffs, but to take my windsurfing to the next level and discover the world!

I got really motivated by Martin Haglev who had a windsurfing shop in Oslo. He said: «GO compete Oda, here is the gear you need!» And from there on I have been very lucky to get sponsors from my local area. Stian Vedal in VEMA has been one of the main reasons I can still do what I do! Also a big thanks to Svein Rasmussen and Starboard Windsurfing. It´s great riding for a brand that really appreciates having girls on the team, so thank you giving me the chance to work with you! Thanks to my local distributor Karl Aksel Aubert at skiogsurf.no, who always helps delivering gear at a high level! Thanks to Timm-Daniel Köpke in Maui Ultra Fins for the support through all the years. This was my first sponsor and still riding for you! Thanks to Severne Sails for having me in the team and making the best sails! Also a big thank you to Luca and Pousada WindJeri, O’Neill and my sister Line Therese Strøm Vikene for all the support and endless wetsuits! So excited to be with Maxim Norge for this season as well, and amazing to have Rune Kransberg with me on the team this season! I can´t wait to start the 2018 competition season! 10 days left until the 1st World Cup in Morocco!
A huge thanks to my love Håkon Skorge for sharing the passion. He is probably the only one in the world who really knows what I´m doing! And to my family, all my 3 parents: Thor Stokstad, Hege Brødholt and Rigmor Fagerheim. My brothers and sisters, mini Klara and grandparents! Big love!

I would also like to thank all the 180 people who took part in our 2017 Windsurf Clinics. I´m really excited for our new 2018 clinics:) We are ready to help you take your windsurfing to the next level with our company, Norway Sports Adventures!

Okey, that´s enough… Go watch the video=)

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Cape Town, South Africa – What a Place!

For a change this year I booked a 4 week trip to Cape Town, South Africa. I teamed up with my boyfriend Håkon and went to the airport in Oslo. After one of the hardest check-in´s in my windsurf career, we manage to get five 2.5 meter bags with us on the plane. Hundreds of dollars less we were on the plane pretty happy that the adventure was about to start. Last time we were in Cape Town was in 2012, when I first started to really train freestyle. That year we were not lucky with the wind, but this year was a different story!

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I really wanted to go to Cape Town to improve my jumping on port tack (left hand in front). I have only sailed this tack a few days in Denmark last year, so I knew it would be a big challenge. We all know Cape Town can be rough and brutal at some days. The month I spent in Norway before flying to South Africa I did a few free diving sessions, and it was really cool! That training gave me more confidence if I would get into trouble.  Added with a lot of physical training I felt ready to hit the sharky water…

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Arriving in beautiful Cape Town the wind was already howling. I normally went to the gym around 8am to match my gym skills against Sarah-Quita Offringa…pfff! Together we had some great workout sessions. A few hours later the wind normally kicked in at the lake. We went there for some challenging windy, gusty and choppy freestyle. I really enjoyed sailing here now. Nothing is better than getting those burners and skopus powered up on my Severne Freek 4.0 and Starboard Flare 93. After the freestyle session we went sailing at the ocean side. Most of the days the size of the waves were okey to improve in. Some days (more south) were more tricky, and left me, and many other sailors on the beach with mast high+ waves and super light wind. One day… one day… I will be out there enjoying these conditions also… Really inspiring watching the R E A L wave sailors ripping!

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One of my favorite conditions in Cape Town were the days with head high ramps where I could freestyle between and off the waves. I was happy to land backloops that tack. Still a lot of training before they will look the way they look in my dreams though…

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Out of 4 weeks I will say the first 3 weeks were really good, and we could sail almost every day. If the weather was bad in Cape Town (in Table View were we lived), we went for a 1,5 hour drive to a magical lake named Brandvlei. What a place! With no wind in Cape Town, we could sail small sails in strong wind there! I learned that there is always a big chance of finding wind somewhere within 2 hours of driving.

In a few days a new video from Cape Town will be online. I did a fun short video project with the documentary filmer Tom Deburchgrave. Follow my Instagram and Facebook page to watch the video soon.

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After Cape Town I went home for 4 days before flying to Bonaire in the Caribbean. Here I´ve been 3 weeks already. The two first weeks had lack of wind, so I spent my time well in the gym and had some nice slalom and foil sessions. For the last week I´ve been sailing freestyle on my 4.4 every day! Can´t complain about that! Check out a short clip from the gym:

 

Also the new dates for our 2018 Windsurf Clinics in Norway and Brazil are online now: (more info e-mail odajohanne@hotmail.com)

2018 KURS

 

 

 

 

2018 WINDSURF KURS!

Nye kurs i windsurfing for 2018 er nå satt opp! Felles for damer, menn, gutter og jenter! Påmelding: odajohanne@hotmail.com
Håper å se mange av dere på vannet!

Det blir også satt opp spontan kurs i loop når det er meldt bra vind!

Bli med til Brasil på kurs i oktober. 4 dagers kurs for å lære hopp, jibb og loop.

Mer info om 2018 “Oda Johanne’s Windsurf Festival” kommer senere! Sarah-Quita Offringa kommer også i år!

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Workout Video!

Something completely different from what I normally post, still such a big part of my life = workout! Yes, I do not only windsurf… In collaboration with Maxim Norge and Alex Mertens we made this workout video. For sure a bit of strength makes windsurfing easier and more fun. Follow my Instagram for daily updates from all around the world! Thanks to HFC Bonaire and Flamingo TV Bonaire for their support! Watch in HD.

BRAZIL, VAN, SKIING AND NORWAY!

It´s been a long time since I wrote here, as I´ve mainly used this page to put out my videos. But here is a short update of what´s been going on!

Before Christmas I spend 2,5 months in Brazil. It was, as always, many great memories and sessions on the water with friends. New moves were landed and my 2017 LOOP CLINIC with 5 brave Norwegians were held! Was great to also see PWA freestyle girls Maaike Huvermann and Sarah-Quita Offringa joining the Brazil training for this year. Normally Arrianne Aukes and I are the girls who always seem to end up going back to Jeri year after year. I guess the same is going to happen with Maaike and Sarah-Quita from now on… Because the place is ON FIRE every day! A mix of freestyle, SUP, surfing and wave/jumping is just what you want to spend your time doing.

If you missed it, check out my last video from Brazil here: DEFYING GRAVITY. It´s a video special dedicated to my sponsor Maxim Norge. I´m happy to cooperate more with them for this year. For more info check out their webpage here: https://www.maximsport.no

After Brazil I spend one month in Norway. It was a special time as I just became an aunt. My brother and his girlfriend got a girl called Klara Johanne. She is cool and has a strong personality already! So welcome to the world little girl!

The time in Norway was incredible. During New Year´s we went to my cabin in the mountains for cross country skiing and randonee skiing. If you don´t know what that is, it´s a sport where you hike up a mountain on skis and on top you take off the grip on the skis and ride POWDER (on a good day) downhill. It´s magical, and I just got some brand new skis so I can enjoy the powder even more. Thanks to Tendenzer! I also went to another trip to Hemsedal with my good old handball girls and their boyfriends. All of them have these randonee skis now. We scored some great days in the mountains!

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I´ve to say that the stay in Norway also gave more excitement to future plans! We just upgraded our car park with this beauty: Volkswagen Crafter 2012. Okey okey… Normal people will not call this a beauty, but it will become one. We will build it inside dedicated to travel around Norway from the south to north and around in Europe. It will have features like a bed, windsurf/bike/ski storage, kitchen, heater, couch and a hot water shower. Maybe we will also make a cinema in there?! Having a car like this will make it easier to discover the world more and find new spots to train windsurfing, give windsurf clinics (with my company Norway Sports Adventures AS) and film action videos in epic landscapes. So expect to see Håkon and me ROOOOOOLLIN` in the future!

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Keep following my blog and read about my latest trip to Cape Town that I will put online in a few days!

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#Overdramatic – NEW VIDEO ONLINE!

Info about the video: Oda, Maaike and Sarah Quita all planned their winter training in Brazil this year.
They spent quite some time together sailing at Jeri and at the lagoons.
After watching this funny video about a horse being the definition of overdramatic we quickly developed this joke that they shouldn’t be so dramatic. Watch that clip here: overdramatic horse
On these little trips to the lagoon and when out of the water there was always a bit of drama going on.
Oda was sure she was almost attacked by a crocodile (There are only small fish in the lagoon), While camping in the dunes Sarah-Quita made up her boardbag bed as high as possible because she’s terrified of toads. And Maaike.. well actually Maaike is the least dramatic of them all. Until she gets on the water of course. She has the most exaggerated crashes and her dramatic moment was when she almost knocked herself out and had this huge bump develop on her forehead. Maaike is dramatically hardcore.
All drama on the beach aside, the girls have pushed each other hard on the water and produced this little #overdramatic freestyle clip featuring mad forwards, pushloops, kono’s skopu’s and more.

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Music: Sleepwalker (Feat. London Thor) [DROELOE Remix]