Professional Freestyle windsurfer

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Vass is going off!!

Had another awesome week out here in Vass. Been sailing on 4.8 or 5.1 nearly every afternoon! Yesterday we ran the first Club Vass weekly slalom event and it was absolutely howling. I rigged 5.8 and did one run then came in to change down to a 5.4. Check out the report on Boards-

Just sent off for my wild card to the event in Lanzarote so just waiting to hear back on that one. Me and Bubble booked our flights the other day so would be a bit of a shame otherwise. ALso we have the EFPT Vassiliki/Milos beach event in a few weeks which should be good fun. Quite excited at the though of competing in my home spot.

Monday, 17 May 2010

Vassiliki update!

Arrived in Vassiliki with Bubble last week. Unfortunately we had to come out a week earlier than planned as there was a mix up with flights. It wasnt the end of the world it just ment that we would miss the freestyle event in Branksome and also the wave event in Rhosneigr the weekend just gone. A little bit of peace of mind is that there wasnt any wind!!! In Vass we arrived to full power 4.2 which was sick. At the weekend we had a bit of a shock to wake up to full power 4.8 weather with waves coming in which is extremely rare for Vass! the starboard tack jumping was fun and spent a lot of time nailing myself then pulled my first planing forward of the back of a wave back into the beach. Then Jay Haysey aka Global shots came out with his camera so we started a photo sesh, unfortunately I managed to end myself on my second move infront of the camera; a massive air flaka and when I landed my knee gave way. I had to miss a day on the water but now its feeling good again.

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Austria Day 3 & Pictures

Really long day yesterday and the event seems to be winding down. Most of the people are beginning to leave as the weekend is now over! The wind was blowing North westerly in the morning and was looking promising for a while however nothing materialised. The weather was still nice so me and Bubble decided to go for a Stand up paddle further up the the lake. The most exciting point in the day was a really close encounter with a swan after we went to close to its babies.
In the afternoon the freestyle tow in started, unfortunately you were only allowed to enter if you had competed in the jump ramp the day before. We took our position on the Bacardi Island to watch the action and witnessed a ridiculous culo from Steven Van Broekhoven. How he can even duck the sail with just apparent wind created from the tow in is cray. The rest of the afternoon we spent at the Red Bull tent where we got a free bbq. In the evening we went for pizza with some of the other competitors. Followed by a few small games of Beer pong on the official Zipfer tables in the Royal Captains bar. We are now sitting around in the rain waiting for some very light southerly winds that are supposed to be coming. Which will mean wobbling out in to the middle of the lake and the judging taking place from a boat! Will keep you updated tomorrow with how it all goes.

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Austria Day 2!

Day 3 alread but didnt get a chance to update yesterday. We had a really good night on the first day of the event the place was absolutely rammed with thousands of people just coming for the party. There was some wind around 6am but everyone missed it as it wasnt forecast thats why today I am currently sitting and very cold next to the lake waiting just incase. Yesterday They did run the ramp contest in the afternoon, not many people competed just because of the risk of nailing yourself or the equipment. Steven Van Broekhoven also did some towing behind a jet ski and did an unbeleivable air flaka on the glassy flat water followed by a one handed ponch and a shaka!!!!
It could be a long day and we will probably be on hold untill this evening as the wind is forecast to switch and blow from the south.