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.
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.
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!
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!
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