PWA World Cup in freestyle – podium!

The PWA World Cup in freestyle 2016 is over and I finished in 3rd place!

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It was a great event. We got strong wind some days with 40 knots and a few heats in very tricky and gusty conditions. I started the first single elimination with a 2nd place. Sailed some consistent heats and went all the way to the final against 9 times World Champion Sarah Offringa. Sarah was sailing amazing as always and won the heat.

In the double elimination, the talented dutch sailor Maaike Huvermann sailed her way back after a disappointing single elimination. She won heat after heat and finally we were sailing against each other. We sailed a very close heat. She won in the last 10 seconds with 1,5 points landing a great forward loop. It was very exciting sailing and a great heat where we both were landing 8 counting moves during a 8 minute heat. Eventhough I lost this heat, it was the most fun one. Intense and pretty nice conditions sailing with my Freek 4.0 powered up!

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The day after we started a new single elimination. I advanced my heat against the russian sailor Olya Raskina. After this heat I met Maaike in the semifinal again. The wind became tricky and there were long distance between the gusts. The first heat got cancelled due to bad conditions. For the re-sail heat I picked a bigger sail, but still the conditions were not really great. Pumping my way through the heat I was landing 6 out of 6 counting moves, but one of the moves, I did outside the competition area as I was in desperate need of finding a gust, so I only got 5 moves counted and lost the heat. Losing this heat I was up against Arrianne Aukes in the losers final. I had a good heat landing all my moves and secured 3rd place in the double elimination.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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The next day, and the last day of the competiton I was crossing my fingers for a chance to finish the last double elimination to have a chance to fight for the 2nd place. The wind picked up for a short time, but it was not enough to sail the last elimination.

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Time for prize giving!
Congratulations to Sarah Offringa and Maaike Huvermann for 1st and 2nd place and showing some great skills=)

Congrats to Amado, Yentel and Gollito for the mens top 3!

I had a great time competing and enjoyed sailing heats again! During the competition I was happy to sail consistant in these hard conditions. To compete is just a great thing, I could not live without it!

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Thanks to Rene Egli for organizing this event! Big thanks to all my sponsors for all the support: VEMA PRODUKTER, Starboard, Severne, MUF, O’neill, WindJeri, SolRX, Rudy Project, Maxim Nutrition, ASBanken, Skiogsurf.no

PWA World Cup – South Korea

I don’t know what happened, but suddenly I’ve become a slalom sailor too! I love to combine freestyle and slalom. Is the wind too light for freestyle, then rig the slalomsail and you will get many more hours on the water.

Last week was the first PWA World Cup in slalom in South Korea. It was held at Jinha Beach. I flew and flew and flew, and after a few busses, I finally arrived to the event site with a big group of other competitors from more than thirty different countries. Finally the time had come to show what you’ve been training for the whole winter.

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The forecast was not the greatest, but after a day of waiting we started the first heat, but the wind dropped and heat cancelled. We tried to re-sail the heat for 1,5 hours as the wind was extremly unstable. I went back and picked my biggest sail 8,6. It felt perfect for these conditions combined with my iSonic 114 and 42 cm fin. As soon as I was passing the startline I hit a massive piece of seaweed and plastic. Tried to jump it off my fin, but it was too much and heavy. Had to make a decision to jump in the water right after the first gybe to take the seaweed off my fin and had no chance to catch up the race. Nothing to do about it – just bad luck.

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Two days after we did one heat so we finished the first elimination. I used my 8.6 sail and decided to go wide at the first mark. Almost got away with speed, but ended up in the dirty wind, and later seaweed on my fin towards the 2nd mark. Ended up in 7th place in the losers final. Rest of the days the wind was too light. We tried to sail another elimination the last day, but with the rain we never got a counting heat after trying for 2 hours. At least it was a great session training starts!

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Congrats to the winners Lena, Sarah and Delphine for 1st, 2nd and 3rd. All Starboard riders!

Although we didn’t race much combined with the bad luck with plastic, I really enjoyed my time in South Korea. I’ve never been there before, and great to make new friends with riders from all over the world! On our way back home I joined Lena, Sarah, Maria and Emi for some sightseeing in Seoul. It was nice to see something else than just a beach for a change!

I want to thank my sponsors for making this trip possible. You rock! Excited for the next World Cup events!

Vema Produkter, Starboard, Severne, MauiUltraFins, O’neill, Pousada WindJeri, Askim og Spydeberg Sparebank, SolRX, Glava, Skiogsurf.no.

 

 

Great weekend – windsurf clinic!

Last weekend I had my windsurfing clinic in Norway together with Håkon.

Great people, sun and we also got a bit of wind. Eikeren was a perfect spot to have the clinic as it’s a small area with shallow water. Cool to see the big progress they made just after two days of training =)

Thanks to Rigmor and my dad for the BBQ help!

Thanks to all of you who took part of it, and see you again on the next clinic, 28th-29th of May!

More info: odajohanne@hotmail.com

Photo: Tom Hovde

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