I just love Autumn! I get amazed every year when fall comes around and we have waves and wind almost every day! The summer obviously has lots of great days too, but not nearly as consistent. When you all of sudden get it non stop, it sooo awesome! Still some days are better than others, and this Sunday was one of those days! It wasn’t as big as it gets or anything like that, but it sure had it’s magic. It started out in morning as a light wind wave sailing session in slight side off conditions in Middles. I enjoyed that for bit more than an hour, but then the wind went down and I opted for SUP instead.
Around midday the wind turned more offshore, and I love wave sailing in offshore conditions, so it was back to windsurfing! Still really light I managed to get back out on my 5,4 and 82 liter board. It was hard work getting out, but really worth it, because as the experienced wave sailor knows, the sideoff angle really enables you to generate a lot a speed down the line despite low winds. And boy it was FUN! There was still some bigger sets coming in, and I got rewarded with half an hour of the most fun wave sailing I have had in quite a while! But then the wind went straight offshore, and I only barely got in.
After having some greasy burgers at the Hanstholm habour cafe (when you’ve had a really good session you are sometimes allowed to “pig out”, right!? It was back to SUP, as the wind was now light and straight offshore. With a little too full stomach and feeling sleepy I went to Fish Factory. That sleepy feeling however went away the moment I laid eyes at the spot! It was pumping, super clean and lining up as I haven’t seen in quite a while. It was FUN! A couple hours later the swell had died and it was time to head back to Klitmøller with a big smile glued on! After 10 hours in my wetsuit, it wasn’t too bad to get in some dry clothes. Even though my new 2013 NP surf Mission wetsuit is wicked and an absolutely pleasure to wear!
Things have been quite busy around here lately, amongst others due to organizing the Danish nationals in SUP wave and shooting the event film for WaterZ. That have meant a lot time spend in the office, and away from my normal routine. I think it’s fun to do other things, but I’m foremost a waterman that loves getting in the ocean! So I was stoked yesterday when I could go back to having my main focus on that again, and not just getting short sessions here and there. And what a day I had! A fairly solid Atlantic swell with a good period was hitting the coast. The wind was up and down from a sideoff shore direction, sometimes good for wave sailing, sometimes good for SUP. Having both sets of equipment with me I was ready for anything. These 2 sports really complement each other so well! It turned out that is was really only good for wave sailing in short periods so I opted for going SUP and battling it out the few windy periods. I scored some pretty awesome waves, as you can see from enclosed pictures! Can’t wait for tomorrow that’s going to get even better!
Remember you can click pictures for a bigger size. By the way worry for the pictures being somewhat blurry – my lens needs to go to the repair place for an adjustment.
Sidste år tog vi de første spæde skridt med et vellykket DM med 19 deltagere i alt. Dette års DM så en stor fremgang til i alt 32 deltagere. Et levende bevis på den store interesse for wave SUP her i landet, og SUP generelt.
Klik på billederne for stor størrelse. Samt for at se det flotte fulde 343 billeders arkiv besøg Mark Wenglers Rip’n Snap blog
Stævnet blev skudt i gang Lørdag, hvor det blev besluttet at starte på revet, og hummerhuset sydede af aktivitet. Det var spændende at se hvorledes niveauet ville blive, og det blev hurtigt tydeligt at sporten er i en rivende udvikling. Forholdende var krævende på revet, med chop og den klassiske strøm der fejer forbi Klitmøllers yderste bastion. Men på trods af det blev der givet max gas, juniorerne lagde for og viste med al ønskelig tydelighed, at der er en stor talent masse i dansk SUP. Men vigtigst af alt viste juniorerne at alle kan være med, og at det blot gælder om at komme ud på vandet, og have det sjovt med vennerne.
Mændene kom også på vandet, der var delte meninger om hvor det var bedst at lægge sig. Nogle valgte at surfe indersiden, hvor bølgerne var renest men også mindst. Andre kæmpede sig ud over revet, og tog de større bølger på ydresiden. Dame klassen havde i år også voksede sig større med 6 piger tilmeldt. Det er helt fantastisk, at så mange piger havde valgt at stille op. Og man kan kun gisne om hvor mange det ikke kan blive til næste år. Det var fantastisk at se hvorledes pigerne tog kampen op med de krævende forhold, og gav alt hvad de havde i sig.
Efter den første runde blev det besluttet at stoppe, og fortsætte eliminationen om søndagen, da det så ud som om forholdene ville blive gode. Kl 19.30 mødtes vi igen til spisning på Cafe Conrad. Det var super hyggeligt, at rykke sammen og spise lidt god mad og tale om dagens sejladser. Der er en yderst inspirerende og energisk græsrods stemning over SUP folket. Og det sociale aspekt er, i mine øjne, en vigtig del af stævnet. Efter en god aften gik vi hver til sit, og gjorde klar til at det store slag skulle slås søndag.
Skipper møde søndag morgen, og tvivlen begyndte at snige sig ind. Ville vi finde et spot med ordentlige bølger? Det blæste og havet var uroligt. Efter en del køren rundt i området blev beslutningen taget… Tolderstien! Det tog kun ganske kort tid før Tolderstien var et mylder af boards, paddles, flag, glade surfere og en stor flok tilskuere. Tolderstiens bølger er oftest rene og kraftfulde, og levner ikke meget rum til fejltagelser. Men belønningen får man når man fanger bølgen det helt rigtige sted. En fin lefthander hvor man bogstaveligt talt kan ride den helt op på stranden, hvilket flere faktisk benyttede sig af
Slaget gik sin gang, og hos mændene blev der vist storslået action. Som forventet var Steinfath brødrene i deres es, også Sebastian Kornum og Mor Maluka viste stor styrke. Det var da også disse fire der avancerede til finalen. Stranden sitrede af spænding da finalen gik i gang. Radikale cutbacks, store floaters, finalen blev alt det vi havde håbet på. Peter Steinfath trak dette år det længste strå, og sendte dermed sidste års mester Casper Steinfath ned på 2 pladsen. Peters flydende og fjerlette stil er inspirerende at betragte. Mor viste på trods af meget kort tids træning, at han allerede nu mestre SUP´en næsten til perfektion, og tog tredje pladsen. Sebastian Kornum der gennem hele stævnet havde vist flot og meget kraftfuld surfing tog dermed 4 pladsen.
Pigernes finale kom i gang, og det var imponerende at se pigerne tage livtag med de stejle og kraftfulde bølger. Julie Kornum viste mod og viljestyrke, og hun tog fortjent 3 pladsen. Annette Quistgaard er nok den mest erfarne kvindelige SUP udøver vi har i Danmark, og hun viste elegant longboard teknik, og tog 2 pladsen. Dansk mester blev Annette Carsing. Annette har på meget kort tid opnået et meget højt niveau, hendes stil er powerfuld og aggressiv, som Vahineura sagde efter følgende ”you surf like a dude”
Juniorene gik på vandet for, at afgøre hvem der skulle krones som Danmarks bedste. Christoffer dansede på bølgerne og tog 3 pladsen. Robert viste elegant stil, og gå på mod og tog 2 pladsen
Og Danmarks mester blev Christian, der virkeligt gav den gas, på trods af at han knapt kunne nå sit tophandle. Imponerende surf fra så ung en surfer.
To sum it up.
Et fantastisk stævne, med en masse hygge og en masse god surf. Stævnet blev et levende bevis på at SUP er kommet for at blive. Og at sporten deles af en masse entusiastiske positive mennesker, hvor der er plads til alle, hvad enten du er begynder eller ekspert.
Ingen nævnt ingen glemt, men en særlig stor tak til alle de fantastiske mennesker der stillede op og fik stævnet til at glide. Uden jer ville dette stævne ikke være blevet til noget!
Vi ses til et forhåbentligt endnu større stævne. Stay tuned!
Cold Hawaii aloha’s
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We have been in a good patch for some time now with low-pressure systems providing fine conditions, but on Mai 14’th it all came together a little better than normal. I had seen the forecast the days before, and I knew a good day was coming, but I woke up that morning to a sight that exceeded my expectations! Solid mast high sets accompanied by a strong Southwesterly winds pounded the Klitmøller coastline. That got me going!!! I ended going all out that day, going for 4 sessions at different spots plus mixing in some SUP as well, spending a total of 8 hours in my wetsuit! Here are the pictures to document the day. (you can click on the pictures for bigger versions)
This shot is from my second session at Ørhage (the world cup venue). Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures from the morning where the waves were even bigger, but as you can see there was definitely some water moving around out there!
With some juicy lips!
In the afternoon the wind went a little notch more westerly, and I took my chances and went up to Middles where I was meet by smaller but super clean and steep waves blown up by offshore winds. I was actually expecting to go SUPing. However it was just enough sideshore to work, despite a tricky gusty wind. Once on the wave you could scream down the line, and hit the waves as hard as you could! Boy, it was fun!
I love these side off (off) shore conditions. We don’t get them so often, and when they occur it’s mostly in the wintertime. So this was a real bonus!
Aerials are easy in this much offshore – just blast down the line and take aim on the section you want to hit! Getting back down on the wave face is the really challenge.
Smooth faces. No chop! Just smack it!
Later in the evening the wind back off a little, and it was to time bring out the SUP!
This was my last wave despite peeling perfection – there just wasn’t any energy left in my body after a full day on the ocean. But what a day!
Big thanks to Marc for taking the pix!
If you want to see more from Cold Hawaii, check out my big article in the gigantic 491 pages Rip’n Snap Klitmøller special edition: http://issuu.com/ripnsnap/docs/rip_n_snap__klitmoeller/341
I try to take my training off the water pretty serious, first of all, obviously to not get out of form when it’s not windy/wavy, but also because if you just windsurf you only improve your physical ability very gradually. However if you isolate and dedicated train certain aspects of your physical ability you can lift your whole windsurfing performance a lot.
One of my favourite tools for this alternative training is my MTB and lately I have stepped up this training. Amongst several routes I got a fixed trail around the nearby lake “Vandet Soe”, which I ride many times every month. To push myself I often time how fast I can ride the trail. As my form improved I got super keen to beat this trail record, and tried several times recently. Despite putting lots of efforts into it, I’ve kept missing it. So that’s been quite disappointing, but I kept at it, and yesterday I finally beat my 4 year standing MTB trail record! It was a pretty crazy ride, I rode with the highest puls I’ve ever ridden with for that long being in the 170s and 180s for longer periods. It was just 13 seconds improvement from 39.40 min to 39.27 min. But man, it felt sooo good!!! Almost as good as learning a new move! It’s always nice to see what you are working on is going in the right direction!
The last week has been very still here in Klitmoeller with almost no water action, so I’m really starting to get keen to replace the alternative training with some of the real deal!
Here a little report and a few shots from yesterday. The wind was only blowing in the south in the beginning of the day, so my buddy Christian and I went down to a sandbank south of Krik, which provides nice speed sailing conditions in Northwesterly directions. I was out on my 45cm wide JP Australia Speed needle for the first time this year and fairly powered up on a NP RS EVO II 5,5. Water was okay flat, but the angle of the wind wasn’t perfect though, as it was straight offshore without any angle. Still a really fun session and I was able to get a 69,8 km/h peak on my best run.
Feeling the need for speed!
After a good rest we went up to Middles in the evening, where we were greeted by light wind wave conditions. I rigged a 5,8, not my favorite size of sail, but the wind direction was nice and a few decent sets came through. Despite the sun not shinning we decided to take the new water housing for a test run, which we have been eager to take for a test shoot. Not the most fruitful shoot, but the new housing is working great so now we are looking forward to the next chance of sun and waves!
Throwing some spray in a bottom turn.
Also took the GoPro out for a little spin
It’s been a long time since my last update here on the blog. But as the saying goes, no news is good news!
Let me start with where I let off back in mid January. The remaining bit of the winter was simply insane! It was day in and day out with waves for surfing and SUP. In February we also started getting wave sailing on a regular basis, and that was some fine sailing with lots of my favourite side offshore conditions! Okay, it was raw and cold, but with such great conditions you tend to forget the cold. Here are a few shots.
Clean side off in Middles
These pictures are from a day in beginning of February, where we had a super nice swell with a VERY long period. Notice how you can’t see any wave in front of the one I’m riding. The waves were spaced out like I’ve rarely seen!
There were also some days great for jumping. But these shots are from a stalled forward, that I wish I hadn’t gone for, as an overrotation resulted in a couple bruised rips!
Paradise for Aerials! Hollow waves and side off is a great combo for launching off the lip
SUPing in Bunkers on a beautiful winter day.
A couple more shots from the winters endless string of swell.
Mid March I went on the annual Maui trip, which included the JP Australia 2012 video shoot. As always it was a pleasure to visit the little island in middles of the Pacific, and it certainly didn’t disappoint in terms of wind and waves! The JP shoot also went very well, and I believe we collected the best footage to date! Christian Gøbel came over for the shoot and we were working as we were possessed! It was fun filming full time from morning till evening. BUT, normally being able to get in the water when I want, and then all of a sudden not being able to get in, that was really hard though! However, I guess I can live with these 14 days a year! That made me remind myself about how lucky I am!
Late afternoon session in Hookipa
Right now I’m enjoying my usual routine in Klitmøller! I love this time of year, it’s comfortable warm and there’s still a lot of wind and waves around. I would probably say that about any time of the year, if you ask me at that given time. In fact if I don’t control myself, you would regularly hear me say THIS WAS THE BEST EVER this and that. But hey, noting wrong in appreciating what you get in life right!?
Big thanks for taking pictures to: Christian, Jens, Sebastian, Marc, Annette, Martin and Tommy!
Finally for the first time in a long long while the air temperature got over 5 degrees today, AND it was windy and wavy! With a southerly wind direction there was no doubt about the battle plan, we were off for Ørhage (the Cold Hawaii world cup spot).
3,9 was the ideal sail size and accompanied with a sideoff wind direction it was great for down the line wave riding. Yet not too offshore so the wind was also filling in on the inside, so I could take my smallest board, my favourite little Quad 68!
Plenty of sections today to do Aerials off
And a few bigger sets came through
It actually wasn’t cold on the hands despite using open gloves – well, as long as you didn’t crash and got the hands in the 1 degree cold water!!! It’s weird despite having had the wind from south and west since more than 2 weeks the water still haven’t gotten warmer!? Normally it would rise to somewhere around 5 degrees.
Trying to stay dry!
A bit more Aerial action and a lonely seagull – well, there was actually a zillion of them inside and I almost ran them over a couple of times, apparently they haven’t seen windsurfers for a while, and not used to the traffic anymore!
This day was worth gold, and I can live off this for a while. I was not the only one feeling this way and it was so good to see the wide smiles on everybody’s faces! A session like this makes spring feel like its not that far away any more.
Hang in there and keep thinking those positive thoughts! So long.
Thanks to Tommy for taking the pictures
By the end of December I was really starting to miss some real wave action. Since my return from SA I had actually been on the water almost daily despite the freezing cold, but just doing some SUPing along the coast in totally flat conditions. Due to the prevailing east winds in the whole region it was shutting down all waves fetches. The flat water SUP is fine, and a great get away from the office. However, I have a difficult time pushing myself hard enough physically to really make some cardio progress when just doing long distance. Where in waves it all comes naturally while you are having fun. Actually SUP in waves is one of the best natural interval training forms I know!
Birds over Bunkers shorebreak and me on the inside section.
Finally by January 1st the wind swung round to the westerly corner, providing not just milder weather, but WAVES! That truly felt as a new beginning! Since then I have been enjoying nice waves almost every day either surfing or SUPing. And yes, the water is still super cold, and when surfing, you do hit the wall sometimes after a couple of hours getting so cold that you can hardly remember your last name!!! SUP on the other hand, it’s remarkable how easy it is to stay warm! When I SUP I never leave the water because of being cold., you can keep going and going.
So being in Klitmøller these days brings out the wide smile, and eases the stress considerably for getting ready for the next trip. I must spend a while at home, doing stuff like the accounting for 2010, renegotiate my contracts for next year and stuff like that. Yes, being my type of full time windsurfer does still take a lot of office work! But with the current conditions I’m not in a big hurry! I really love being at home! Although I’m certainly starting to miss stepping up on my windsurfer again, so if we could just have a few degrees rise in the temperature please!
We haven’t been taking time to shooting lately, but Mads Karl and I did these few quick shots at today’s SUP session at Bunkers.
Will I make it or not!? There were some good size sets coming through today. In fact Mads and get fully wiped out at one point of the set of the day. Giving Mads such a pounding that the leachline broke!
Mads in a late late take-off!
By the way, talking about getting on the water in the winter. I just had this interview published in Boardseeker with tips and stuff on going out in cold conditions.
Hope you too get out there! Remember it’s not as cold as you think it is, if you have the right wetsuit!
During the Neil Pryde photoshoot in Maui last year I was filming behind the scenes, capturing the team working hard with Eliott Leboe and Jerome Houvet (videographer/photographer) to get the best possible footage for the 2011 product collection. Combined with Elliot’s great action footage, Christian Gøbel has put together this neat little film.