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Archive for August, 2012

EFPT Sigri and Lastminute to Lefkada

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After two weeks in Sigri, I’m more than happy to say that I really enjoyed the spot. It’s fairly quiet so it is a more chilled out location and we were a little unlucky with the wind, especially as we now leave and it suddenly goes full power. Anyway the wind was ok and I still managed a couple 4.7 sessions but mostly on 5.2. The freestyle spot itself is pretty sick, it’s quite a short run so you are forced to do a high frequency of moves, more than normal and because of that you end up having more sessions but for less time. Then any thought of partying seems to just slip out the window as bed becomes just a bit too inviting. That said the side was certainly not let down when the EFPT were in town. Despite a lot of guys having left before the last night party, it was amazing to see how such a small group managed to really, how was it put… by Davy Scheffers… ‘turn the bar upside down’. We had a lot of fun throughout the whole event with everyone and I really hope we get to return next year. It is certainly right up there on one of my top places to go and would recommend it to a lot of people. Perhaps that is why Andraz, Davy and Youp are all staying there to get some practice in. No doubt a pretty decent video will be out in the next weeks from them.

Anyway here are a few pictures below from action of myself throughout the competition. I was pretty stoked with my result, achieving my aim of making the top 10 has given me further confidence for the future and left me with a lot of ideas about what to practice. Actually it’s what I needed after my highly disappointing result in Fuerte where I pretty much got screwed over by only taking 4.2 and 4.7 with me… good move on my part… lesson learnt! Enjoy the snaps, mainly taken by Hanna Poschinger at efpt.net


PWA Fuerteventura round up

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Ok so having been in Greece for a week, I figured it was now time to update about PWA Fuerteventura. For those not so interested in all the chat, feel free to flick through the pictures in the gallery below, some nice shots from JC during the event.

So Fuerte was awesome… before the competition, full power, I was sailing every day like crazy, learning new moves and tuning up current moves. All this on 4.2 or 4.7 totally powered up and I felt confident to make my target of (at the very worst) top 20. Then the PWA Slalom came and went with crazy winds and it was time for some freestyle action. Typically the wind dropped and the biggest sail I had was 4.7. When you are drawn against a light weight kid from Curacao, the chances of going through suddenly drop. It was a pretty grey area when it came to the competition area, but all in all he sailed a decent heat, I sailed ok and he managed to just take it on the score sheets. Ok a bit gutted but there’s always the double. I waited to see the draw, only to find that I was against Armado from Bonaire and guess what, more marginal 4.7 weather… Much like Podersdorf my heat was the one to be cancelled and re-sailed because of the gusty winds. When we did re-sail the wind was still gusty but a tiny bit stronger, it did pick up to decent wind by the time the heat ended but it was too little too late, and again the heat area was a pretty grey area. Anyway I managed to sail probably my best heat I’ve ever sailed, with a Burner, Culo, Kono, Shaka, Air Flaka and Shuv-it spock to count, however, this wasn’t enough and despite the close sheets, Armado just took it. To be honest he was probably one of the toughest draws in the double for those conditions as he then went on to sail some crazy heat against Paul Zeper, with kabikuchis, skopus, culos, etc… but this time he was actually counted out the area on 3 moves and Zeper was fortunate to take it.

Despite the really great overall position I ended up with… I’m actually pretty pleased with what I managed to land in my heat and have a lot of motivation for future events.

Anyway, now in Greece preparing for the EFPT 3style Area Cup, the winds have been pretty marginal, only getting out on 5.3 a few times, however, if the forecast stays true then things should be a little better for the competition. Hopefully I can make top 16, maybe even top 10… Meanwhile here is an amusing little edit we made the last couple of days… and photos from the PWA below.

https://vimeo.com/47017395


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