I was locked in Aruba last year, and that’s when I realized Aruba has everything a windsurfer needs! The lifestyle here works perfectly for me. Combining all the different disciplines of freestyle, slalom and foiling with gym training, kiting and tennis is just what I am looking for. Besides that, I can work remotely from my laptop which is pretty cool!
I am from Norway and winter is great, but not if you are a windsurfer! You simply need to find a place to train with consistent wind! I teamed up with my friend Sarah-Quita to train on Aruba. I arrived the moment the wind kicked in, so timing was perfect. I joined the Dutch and Aruba foil team on their last week of Olympic iQFoil training here. Sarah-Quita had already trained with them for 5 weeks and I could see her great progress. Day one for me was pretty brutal! By a mistake I put a minus 2 shim on the back wing instead of the 0, which means lifting the board up was hard. Halfway into training I started to realized that foiling is ALL about setting up your gear perfectly! Day 2 and 3 I made sure to put the settings correctly and I also got to know my gear a bit more. I could finally start to enjoy and focus on progressing. It was hard to keep up with the team with less experience, but I told myself to stay calm and learn and much as I could from them. The game-changer for me was when we foiled along the whole island of Aruba from the Huts to Baby Beach. It was in total 85 kilometers. The dutch foil champion Huig foiled behind me and shouted some amazing tips for my downwind stance. Thank you Huig! That was all I needed to start pushing my speed. Team Aruba with Hense and Al as coaches kept the foil training routine and that has been amazing to join for the past 2 months! Thank you Team Aruba!
Foiling in light wind is magical, but foiling in high wind is also pretty cool! But also so brutal! I have lost count of all the catapults. We take them daily when the wind blows perfectly for freestyle 4.4! Being a freestyler, it’s hard for your heart to not freestyle when the conditions are great, but with all the days here we will always get enough freestyle sessions too. The main spot at Barcadera was really on fire for weeks! We can look back at a nice water shoot with Artmando Multimedia.
Apart from all the time on the water, I will say that the tennis lessons and gym sessions are high lights too. We try to normally leave at 6:45 just to make sure we are done with the workout around 8:30. There is so much more we want to do during the day so we have to start early.
Some of the best exercises we have done are pull-ups, double unders with skipping rope, pump rowing, burpees, wall balls… We will normally do 4 rounds of 8 exercises. We both leave the gym happy every time with the effort we put in. Working out with a mask is the new normal, so you just have to get used to it! I thought I was passing out the first time, but you do get used to it! At this time I am just super grateful to be able to go to a gym!
I am looking forward to be back competing on the PWA World Tour, but in the meantime, we keep sailing and training! Can’t wait to see more happy windsurfers on the water all around the world soon. Take care!
What more can I say? Jihaaaa! It feels damn good to be paid the same as men in the PWA World Cup from now on! Equal Prize Money will help women in the sport to train more, and see a future in the sport! We have lost too many talents due to lack of support! Thanks to all the people that worked hard for this! What now? Let’s keep the fingers crossed that we can start competing soon! In the mean time, training is ON!
Team lovely holiday: After Denmark, we decided to drive down to Italy. Little did we know the issues our van would have. Everything that could go wrong did! It took us 5 days to get from the North of Denmark to the South of Germany. We discovered a different issue with the van every day. From a leaking tire to the car pulling to the right and having to replace all four tires, to a leaking coolant tank and finally the whole engine needing to be replaced. Instead of windsurfing we unexpectedly found ourselves doing some euro sightseeing and spent a week in Munich with Adam and Alina. (Thanks for saving our butts!) Which in the end was a highlight of the trip as the summery days lingered around that week. Surfing in the Eisbach, cruising the pump tracks and skate bowls, indoor surfing and exploring Munich! Before we knew it the van was ready and we were on our way to Sardinia. We drove through snowy mountains in Austria, the Norwegian was unimpressed while the Aruban was killing herself taking videos. We made a quick pitstop at the tour of Pisa before jumping on the bumpy ferry ride. We were one day late for the storm in Sardinia but felt the waves on the ferry ride. Sardinia was incredibly scenic and two weeks was not enough to explore the whole place. We had some power freestyle in Sa Barra & Porto Pollo, kitesurfed at Punta Trettu. Caught some waves at Funtana Meiga and Marina de la Rossa. The scenery was amazing on the windless days, and we suffered another van breakdown. All in all, it was a road trip to remember! But hopefully next time we’ll get to explore Sardinia for longer and with that new engine that van will live a looong life!
After Australia, Beatrice (Oda Johanne) and Magdalena (Sarah-Quita Offringa) parted ways and each headed to their homes. A week later Beatrice realized she needed to escape the winter in Europe and before Magdalena knew it Beatrice was at her doorstep in Aruba. Just in time for the windy season, and also the unexpected lockdown! Her six week trip turned into 3,5 months. With official contests being cancelled, the dynamic duo put all this extra time to good use and sailed their hearts out. Always trying to out-do each other and with seemingly unlimited energy they were on the water practicing a different discipline every day until dark. Follow Beatrice and Magdalena in Aruba, going for freestyle, slalom, foil, wave and kiting. It was a Lovely Holiday to remember!
I’m SUPER excited to announce a windsurf clinic in Karpathos in Greece with World Champion Sarah-Quita Offringa! When? We fly on the 6th of September and start the clinic on the 7th of September! (Direct flight from Oslo, Norway).
THE BEST WINDSURF SPOT ON KARPATHOS
We are teaming up with Meltemi Windsurfing center who has the best location (5 minutes from the airport) and the best location for the wind, great rental gear, friendly staff, and big gear storage. Meltemi will also help you with accommodation and anything you need to plan your windsurfing holiday! What do you have to do? CLICK HERE to BOOK. If you fly from Norway, Oslo, we have reserved flights, so you only need to tell us in the booking that you want to reserve a flight ticket=)
Become a better windsurfer and join hours of great fun on the water with us. With a week of sailing with consistent wind and 4 days full ON coaching, you have the chance to improve your windsurfing skills fast! This clinic is for intermediate windsurfers. You need to be in the harness and be able to sail upwind. We divide the sailors into different group levels so everyone who wants to improve their gybes/tacks to sailors who want to learn and improve their freestyle/loops/jumps will all have a challenge.
HOW TO BOOK
There are limited spaces to make sure we have quality on the coaching.
A road trip to remember for a lifetime! 1,5 years ago we packed our van with EVERYTHING and drove from Stavanger to Lofoten with one mission: “Do Cool Stuff”.
Road tripping “at home” made me realize that there are so many golden places in Norway that I have never seen, due to always being on the go for training windsurfing in warm and windy places. For a change, these weeks were not about getting the most hours on the water to train, but all about adventuring around in a van seeing epic places and just ENJOY Norway!