:) It has been amazingly nice to be back in Denmark for a bit. I've been here about two weeks, and have had some good sessions on the water and have seen some friends and family - really nice. I've also got my new sails, and been able to test em. I like them a lot!!
Today, the day before I leave for Fuerte, I went back to my parents place, and went surfing with my small cousins, their parents and my own parents. Reeeally cozy. My small cousins just picked up windsurfing together with their parents, and it was nice to see them having fun out there and be able to give everyone some tips. The winds were quiert, and the beach were a typical east coast beach. Super cozy. I was mostly walking around in the water today, giving tips and instructing a bit. It is so fun to see how kids and grown ups learn so different.. I had just been explaining some movements for some of the grownups in a more technical-explaining-grown-up way, and went back to the kids who I had left a bit for themselves to play around (was checking on them of course ;) ) "is it going well?" "yea!!! We are playing!! It is fun!" Perfect. I think that is how kids (and everyone who let themselves) learn the best.... Just playing and having fun. They explained me the game, which was even better - one had to drag the other one to the deep and the other one had to see if he/she could sail away and into the shore.. Pretty much just to surf acutally... But they'd come up with the game themselves and where having a lot of fun. And they both managed to surf to the shore.
Happy salty surfers in the back of the car :)
Tomorrow I leave for Fuerteventura. I'm looking forward to it. A lot actually. It should be so extremely windy there, and I have my small sails ready... But I guess they can never be small enough for there :) I am curious how it is to sail there. I think they are really tough conditions, and everything regarding rankings can happen there. uhj, is gonna be good to get there! Now I better get started with the packing... Didn't touch anything yet, and I leave 6 in the morning... But as long as my surfgear is there :-)
Yess!!! I made it to the podium this time! Super happy about it ! :) I will write a good blog post soon ! :)
Ahh - about time to write a blog post from the latest world cup. I was super happy to do good in this event, sailing some good heats in the tricky waters and finish on the pwa podium for the first time in my life. I am super happy about that, and it is something I have been working on and wishing for. But I was not sure if I could make it already this year.
...what a birthday present :)
In Aruba we finished a double. I won from Arrianne already in the single, so I did not have to fight my way all the way up in the double anymore, really nice. In the double I met Mio, and advanced from her, then I had to meet Yoli. I'd wanted to meet her for long, and I was in to do my best. The conditions were tricky, super gusty and sometimes pretty light. I didn't get to do all my moves, but I landed quite some good moves. And I advanced!!! I was so happy! This meant I was now gonna meet Laure for the 3rd and 2nd place. I sailed a good heat again, and I at some points we were pretty close, but I saw Laure doing a switch kono while I was spinning an eslider, and Laure took the win and the second place. I was just super happy to finish on the podium, especially after a heavy start in Bonaire. It was nice to sail some good heat, and feel the improvement from the earlier heats.
At the closing ceremony I had my birthday. Really really cool. It really couldn't get much better. After having recieved the trophee suddenly Sarah and Arrianne came with a super lekker chocolate cake, and all the riders were gathered to sing a birthday song for me. Really sweet. And if I was not a bit red on my cheeks from the sun, I think I was now :o) I had a really good day there, with everyone being so nice. Thanks!
Afterwards I flew to Bonaire with all the gear, luggage and the price. I was so tired as I have rarely been. Two weeks of competing, followed up with closing ceremony and birthday really takes a lot of energy.
In Bonaire the wind has been blowing since we arrived! Actually I have been out on my new 4.2! It is crazy how quick it planes! Normally I thought I plane already really quick, but now I can be planing on my 4.2 while Arrianne is on the 5.1! Really crazy. So I have been on 4.2 TheFly every day here in Bonaire since I got back!
Tomorrow I head back home.. I am looking so much forward to that too. :) Can't wait to see you all, be riding my new sails and just be back home. :)
Thanks for all the support through the worldcup - both when it went good and bad. It means a lot to me! And thanks to
Yaaa! Back again :) Finally I had a good day of competing again. Really nice. We had our first day of competition here in Aruba today, and I had to sail against Arrianne again. Not our favorite draw as we would rather be cheering for each others, but we are getting more used to it. The conditions on this little Island are tricky. It is off shore, and super gusty, but also the waters are weird for spinning moves. But I still like it here. I like it that it is a bit more rough and tricky, and there are still some super flat spots, as well as some chops a bit further out. I had an all right heat against Arrianne, I was landing a lot of moves though they weren’t all super stylish. I was super happy to win the heat and move onto next heat against world champion Sara-Quita. It was nice to sail against Sara, and I actually had a really good heat landing a funnell, Eslider and nearly a flaka Diablo on the outside. Pretty cool. It was so nice to be able to show a bit of my skills. In loosers final I had to meet Yoli De Brendt. This time I did not sail so well, I think I was a biiit tired, but I had a few okay moves. By then I had been in the water for like 2-3 hours (it was like 4 oclock), and I still only had had a youghurt since the morning. But I didn’t really feel it because my head was focused on the competition. Yoli took the win, which means I am currently ranked 4th. Everything can still happen really, but I am just super happy to have some good heats here in Aruba, to move into the top fourth, and show some of my tricks :) I hope I will keep sailing well the coming days! :)
PWA Bonaire 2011 has come to an end. The last day we had really good wind – I was on a well (to overpowered) 4.8, and I think the conditions were pretty nice. The only thing that could have been a little bit better was that it was super shallow. So in my first heat, on my first trick I broke my board. I heard it straight away but I decided to finish the move and keep going. I passed the heat, and I just kept going as the heats were so super tight. I had to pass again Maxime and Mio to go fight for the 4 and 5th place. I sailed all right this morning, I felt a bit tired in the end of the heat with Mio because I was quite overpowered in that heat. But it was for my advantage because I could then do loops and have more power in my moves. I did a quite good clean loop and some sliding tricks. In the heat for the fourth place it was again super tight! I was again against Arrianne. I was tired, and nervous, and I did not sail well. But Arrianne did not have a good heat either, so it was suuuper close again. I won of one judge and Arrianne on two judges. At one of the judges she had about 1,25 points more, so yea.. super tight. Too bad I didn’t nail it, but I think we both did our best. I really have to work on this friendship-competing thing, but I just wanna focus on sailing at my best, which is hard enough in competition situations. In total I had an all right competition, I wanted a better result, but I had some super good heats sometimes, got to show some of my more technical tricks, sailed a lot of heats, and if I look back on this busy year, where I have moved, started University and a lot of big things has happened for me, I am happy I can now be pushing for the top in on the world tour. I know I can do better, and I will keep fighting for that. :) Thanks for all the support here on the blog, emails, facebook etc. It is so super nice, and it makes me really happy all the time when I see it. I am sorry for the fews that I disappointed – I hear from a few that I normal sail in another league, and I choose to take that as a compliment, as I know I sailed some pretty sick heats here sometimes :)
I’ve had a good time competing here in Bonaire. I really love sailing here. I’ve learned a lot from this contest I think, and I am looking forward to be on the water again though it has only been one day off.
We had such a cool closing ceremony, it was super nice to celebrate with everyone, and there was such a good atmosphere in Sorobon. Super nice!
NOW we are all on the way to Aruba! Actually we are stuck in the little pink airport of Bonaire… We have to wait here for 4 hours, as our Boardbags has to be transported in the plane before us. I just saw the big pile of equipment passing by the window here in the little pastechi-restaurent. 4 hours is long time in an airport that only has one restaurant and a souvenir shop, but it is quite cosy actually. We are all travelling together, all the competitors, and it seriously feels like a school trip. So cool :) I’m looking very much forward to go to Aruba. I think the spot is tricky, because it is off shore, and very gusty, but I always like to surf new places. I’ve been there once, for like 3 days. It is so much different than Bonaire, and it is like chocking to travel there from Bonaire. Suddenly there are big buildings, casinos, blinking lights, and thousands of people. But it is gonna be great I think. Tonight me, Laure and Arrianne is gonna stay together in a room I think… we just did not arrange anything yet, because the phones could not call Aruba, so we might end up on the beach but I hope we find somewhere to sleep. It is already evening atmosphere here. We’ve just nearly emptied the restaurant for food I think (yea, you know windsurfers eat quite a lot). The sun has gone down, Laure next to me is watching a movie, while Dieter is playing cards, then one is reading in a language that I do not understand, another one is watching pictures and I am tapping full power on my laptop. It’s been a while since we all had some time for ourselves I think, so maybe it is not a bad thing to be stuck here for a bit.
:( I feel so bad today. I had to sail against Arrianne again in the single elimination, and I really have a hard time to set myself up to kick her ass. It is tough to sail against a good friend, and I really felt that today. I had an okay first heat, but it unfortunately got cancelled, because the other could not plane. I was on a 5.2, and Arrianne had bought a 5.4 from a friend of ours. In the second heat I sailed really shit, and I was just feeling so sad when I went off the water. I was shaking in the heat, I dont know why. I knew for sure I did not win, so I just went away and sailed alone for a long time. I was angry with myself, because I know I can sail much better than what I did today, and I just wanna do that. I am still super super happy from all the emails, support and comments on the beach, from you guys and from the speakers and so on, where I hear they like my style and technicality. I just wish the judges would too ;) Maybe I can do it better tomorrow. I hope so. I just wanna sail good for myself and show how I really sail at my best.
If I can get in the mood from yesterday it would be good. I hear from a lot, that I should have won that heat yesterday, but in the end it all comes down to the decision of the judges, and I will get in the spot I deserve.
I still did not get any photos on the pwa website, so I cannot spize up my blog. But there are eventsummaries up - they put the wrong moves in it though - I did the clew first spock that they wrote arrianne did (she says did not do any), and the funnell was a nice clew first puneta from Arrianne ;) And unfortunately they did not mention my eslider and flaka diablo.
Ahh, I will for sure try to put up a better blog the coming days, but today I really had a bad day of competition, and I thought I maybe should not write a blog when I was so sad - but then again, days like this is part of the game, aaaaaand I will get back with a smile and some good tricks hopefully :) Big congratulations to my friend Arrianne, I hope you keep sailing good, and that I soon will too! :-)
Thanks a lot for the cheering. It means so much to me, and I get so happy that you are all so supporting and want me to feel good. It helps! Especially days like this :) Thanks guys and girls!
Just a quick blog post here from PWA Bonaire. I'm pretty tired from a day of a lot of windsurfing, but it has been a really good day on the water so I am also happy :)
Today I knew a tough day was waiting for me. If I would want a result I could be satisfied with I would have to work my way up from the buttum because I lost my heat in the single elimination yesterday. So I had prepared myself, and was hoping for the best.
I sailed some really good heats today, sailing pretty consistent and landing a lot of moves. For example a smooth clew first spock, cf spock 540, eslider and flaka diablo and more moves. I had a lot of nice comments for my heats on the beach and from the speakers, and it was super nice to finally sail well again. Ahh! :) I was pretty nervous today... But it felt good, and I could really set myself up to my heats. In the end I was all the way up fighting for the fourth place with Arrianne. Arrianne again had 5.1 and I my 4.8. I had had a lot of heats just before so I was a bit later than normal for my heat, and I didnt get to set my watch. I didnt wanted to stress because of that though, just wanted to do good and sail a good heat. We both sailed a really good heat - I was doing eslider, cf spock 540, flakas, grubby, spock and stuff like that, while Arrianne pulled of a clew first puneta, spocks, grubby, flaka and stuff like that. We really did not know who won, and neither did the people on the beach, but we were both quite happy because we sailed good, and the spectators were happy with the show :) Arrianne won, with two judges putting their money on her, and one on me. It was soo close. Very nice! I am happy for her, but I reeeeally would have liked to take that one as well of course :) I hope I can do better tomorrow.
I am super happy that I could sail good today, and I am super happy for all the comments, emails, facebook things and so on - thanks a lot guys and girls, it means a lot to me! :)
First day of PWA Bonaire is over. It didn't went so well for me, and I lost my first heat in the single elimination. I had to meet my training buddy Arrianne in the first heat, actually pretty funny! :) We both knew it could be either one that won, because we've sailed so much toghether and we sail quite equal. Nevertheless Arrianne took the heat, and won her first ever PWA heat. I'm really happy for her, I remember how it feels - reeeally good :) For me it was of course pretty shit, I know I can sail much better, and I hope I can prove that tomorrow. It is nice to have started the competition now, and the conditions, I really like them. Today in my heat the wind dropped a bit. I was on 4.8, and Arrianne was og 5.1. I was a bit underpowered, and I think Arrianne was too sometimes. I did a grubby, 2 flakas, vulcan (jaa, really stupid I know... I was crashing my spockss... and clew first spocks which are normally pretty stable) and then I did a flaka into gecko, while Arrianne did a spock, a flaka and then a clew first puneta. It was actually nice to surf against each other. We have been talking a lot about that it would probably happen, but we both did not really expect it for the first heat I think :) But we gave each other a hug and screamed good luck to each other before we both went to try to do our best.
But I reeeeally like it here. I like to compete a place that I know so well, and where I know a lot of people. It is really sick, and I hope the competition will come back every year.
Tomorrow I have to fight hard if I want to move up the rankings. Tomorrow we have the double elimination, and I still do not know who I will meet in my first heat. I am looking forward to it, I really wanna sail a lot and do good! :) Cross your fingers please, and I will do my best :)
Boanire is going off! It has been so windy today, really crazy. I had a really good session in the morning, but the wind is still pumping now 6 pm. And the forecast only looks promising. The competition is about to start tomorrow, and I am looking forward to it to finally start. I am not in reeeally writing moods, so I will throw you some pics from the day instead :) They aren't anything special, just from the phone, but then you can get an idea of the day here :)
The eventside is getting ready! We still did not get to put our stuff in the tent, but it is getting there . ...Bonaire style, nice and easy ;-)
Preparing my sails... :) The one laying here is my 4.8, but I might need a smaller one already - it is really windy.
Arrianne and me going to check out the event place
And some wiiind :) Nice!!
Chicos gear has not arrived with the plane to Bonaire yet, so it was a bit of a mission to get together a set of gear for him. Luckily everyone are friendly to try help.
Tonight is dedicated to early sleep, maybe some fishing with the brazilians, think about tomorrow, and prepare ourselves as good as we can :)
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