After a few days without wind (and a Tsunami!!!) The wind and waves has returned full force. In fact high surf advisory is in effect at the moment. With a big swell Lower Kanaha is normally great fun, so we were aiming at a session there. But since we also wanted to shoot a few pix, we decided to go by Spreckelsville first. (The waves at Kanaha is so far out that it is not possible to shoot there, where at Spreckelsville the waves are close to land.)
It was certainly not great conditions at Spreckelsville. Kind of a stormy, very messy and choppy ocean.. But hey, it’s always good to get in the water!
We never made it to Kanaha eventually, we had a feeling that the conditions wouldn’t be that good there either and with a great forecast as far forward you can see, there was no reason to push too hard..
A solid forecast and one of the majestic set waves at Kuau.
We were probably not the only ones not stoked with the conditions. It seems nobody was out during the day at the stretch from Kuau to Hookipa. With regular sets at over 1½ mast and with chops the size of a car – it probably wouldn’t have been that much fun anyways!!.. And admittedly I would have been shitting my pants out at Hookipa today! hahaha
More to follow soon.
Aloha from Maui!
It is so good to be back, especially this winter where Denmark has felt like it was a part of the Arctic Circle! I’ve enclosed a few shots to give an idea of the contrast that I just experienced! I’m always really appreciating the travelling I’m able to do, but this winter it’s been more than a blessing to get away!!!
Although it’s statically still a little early for the trade winds to really kick in over here, we been lucky with the wind already. We had a nice 4,5 session yesterday, and forecasts are calling for stronger winds the coming days! And waves, well this is Maui, and there’s always some swell running!
I’ll be back soon with some photos and more updates!
Sorry for the long break here on the blog, but this winter has just been harder than anything to get through! Not only the coldest for ages, but also the windsurfing industry has really been affected by the financial crisis. So renewing agreements for 2010 was not a “dance in the park”. But I can proudly report that I’m still with some of the finest companies in the business!
It’s going to be lots work in the future to get the needed cash, but it’s also going to be tons of fun and challenges. And hey, noting comes without efforts! So although I feel like I got 2 full time jobs right now and my lovely daughter Wilma too. It’s not a problem, as I get to play on the ocean at my time and choosing!
Talking about winter, boy oh boy, this one has been a nasty bugger alright! But thanks to primarily my SUP board, I’ve still have made it out about every second day. Despite having to fight my way through big snow dunes to get to the water, and virtually sometimes having to stay clear of ice pieces in the water. The water temperature gauge at the harbour has been saying -1,3 the last days! But still it’s remarkable how it’s actually not too bad out there once you get used to it!
There’s still a tiny group of “die hard” locals and we’ve had some quite remarkable sessions at the best surfing spot. At this spot it’s normally always packed, and too busy really for going on the SUP. But my good friend Mads and I have had the spot for ourselves several times, even on a Sunday!..
I beat my “cold record” for sure a little while back. On this particular day I had gone out on my surfboard. The air was -8, and where the water pulled back at by the shorebreak there was a layer of ice building up. I only barely held out for 2 hours, and I was so cold (There was also wind putting the wind chill factor in effect as well!). When I came out of the water, my feet had gone totally numb from the cold and I could hardly walk. But I couldn’t help laughing when I looked at the forehead of my friend Jonas that I was walking back with. He had a little bit of hair hanging out under his hoodie, and there was a little icicle hanging down!
It’s been too cold to go windsurfing (at least to be reasonably comfortable), however a few weeks ago a rare low (rare for this season..) came through and shortly brought the temperature up to 3-4 degrees and I managed to get one session in with quite enjoyable conditions on 3,9 in Middles. But one crash with the open gloves in the icy icy cold water, and you were done, and no way to recover other than returning to the beach for a warming up..
Now you might feel sorry for me, with all of this winter suffering! But DON’T! I’m in the middle of packing up for Maui departure in a few days time! Sun, warmth, wind and waves here I come!
The winter has really hit Denmark and we have had the lowest temperatures in 5 years with down to almost -17 in the night. So it’s been kind of hard getting out to play in the ocean. But on the right day, it’s still fine to get out and catch some waves. Today the wind eased off, so it was possible to take the SUP out. It was – 5 so I wore thick gloves, but after a while the paddle started to become really hard to grip around. At first I blamed it on the thick gloves, but then I realised there was a layer of ice on it! Despite that, it wasn’t really that cold, and you could easily stay out for a couple of hours. Still I’m glad milder weather is on the way, so I’m hoping for some windsurf sessions ahead!
After the Sylt world cup finals. Kauli took some time off from the competition stress, and went to Klitmøller.
When he arrived he had gotten the flu really bad and had to stay in bed, he was fully wiped out and could hardly stand up! But the funny thing was that when he realized that we were getting good conditions, he virtually jumped out of bed! Full systems overwrite! He just wanted to sail! This goes to show his dedication and love for the sport and probably also why he is so bloody good!
Here’s the video from his session in Middles. Enjoy!
The windy and mild weather continues relentlessly here! Today started with a session at Ørhage at Klitmøller city. It was big with sets a little over mast and overpowered on the 4,2. It was a bit bumpy as lots of water was moving around, and wasn’t really that good (although the big sets got the adrenaline pumping which is always good fun!)
In search of something better we ended up in Middles, which was a bit of a gamble as the wind was really offshore making it hard to get out. But it was possible with some hard work, and that was rewarded with some super long clean rides. On the best sets you could go down the line for almost 500 meter!!! Sweet!
After almost a month with easterly winds and no wavesailing, the wind finally swung over to the Southerly corner today bringing on some wave sailing. It was sooo good to be back out on the wave board!
In this wind direction the best spot is “Ørhage” on the corner of Klitmoeller bay. The wind was a bit light and gusty as it is slightly offshore. But I love offshore conditions for wave riding. Equipped with a 5,4 and my 74 Twinser it worked well, as there were some decent sets to push you forward.
The forecast is calling for wind and waves as far forward as you can see, accompanied by some ok temperatures around 10 degrees. Good old Klitmøller is back!
Here’s a few shots from today’s action. (Just click the pictures for bigger versions..)
Mid October we had the Young Gun Classic in Klitmøller, which was a huge success with more than 80 kids attending. It was good to see so many young guns showing up despite the cold. It seems our sport has a bright future!!!
Christian Gøbel was there all week filming and have edited below FYM Production.
A few weeks ago we had the Young Gun Classic in Klitmøller with 80 kids, and to their big treat, Kauli was here as guest star. A week prior to that, he was also here for a few days of free sailing. We were pretty exited about his visit. Seeing Kauli sail is always a pleasure, but to see him at your own local spot is something really special!
With this photo opportunity in our own backyard we pulled all the stops in FYM Productions. Adam came over from Copenhagen with his latest and dearest camera, which is called RED ONE. It is probably the most advanced video camera commercially available today. Many of the latest Hollywood films have been shot on this cam. It can shoot in 4K resolution, which is 4 times the size of HD. You can also shoot in smaller size (HD) and shoot 120 frames a second progressive. Which enables some pretty amazing slow motion. Pretty wicked stuff!
Fortunately in the 3 days Kauli was here, Klitmøller delivered one classic Middles day with 3,9 conditions, good size waves and bright sun! So we got to see the Brazilian style icon in action! It was very motivating to see, and it gives you a wider perspective of what is possible at your local break!
We’ll get some video together for you soon to check out!
After a very slow start to the competition season with no completed contests all year, that sure changed around when we got to October. We got one of the sickest wave contests ever earlier in the month in Zealand, where we sailed maxed out 3,2 in great conditions! (I’ll bring some shots from this contest later..) Fresh from this good experience, we went on to last contest of the year, the Danish championships. This is THE contest of the year! Everybody gets together and goes northwest to the “Cold Hawaii” and our little city gets packed for the last time before the winter season kicks in.
This year expectations were running extra high as there was a good forecast ahead of the contest. The Danish wave champion title has only been given out 8 times previously in the 19 years we had the contest. So when the chance for a shot at the title rises, the adrenaline starts to pump!
When we came to the beach Friday morning, we were meet by really heavy winds. Pozo almost (just almost) looked like a kindergarten! The wind was absolutely howling with gusts up to 57 knots (note that being in 10 degrees Celius!) 3,2 sail was the call as it had been a few times already the last weeks. But this time it wasn’t really possible to do anything, at least not with a big chance of survival! So for the first time a wave contest had to be put off due to too much wind! That is, the “Wild West Slalom” did start their contest!!! (it is sailed along side with the wave contest) They completed 3 rounds while the wind was at it highest! It looked so crazy, that I couldn’t help to participate in one of the rounds. It was hilarious sailing a slalom race on 3,2 and wave board!!! Hats off for my team mate and good friend Allan Bech that was a mean mofo battling the nuclear winds to eventually take the victory in the slalom!
After 3-4 hours of waiting the wind suddenly eased off, and it was possible to start the wave contest. Which was great, however we were forced to sail on the corner of the bay by the clubhouse. With a northerly wind direction, that meant we had to sail in Starbord onshore and extremely difficult conditions. Ironically just a few hundreds meters around the corner there was sideshore conditions with massive waves, but we couldn’t get to sail there, as the judges wouldn’t have a car to sit in! Fair enough, as in these winds the chill factor would make it feel like –15, and I probably wouldn’t want to sit there all day myself!
With the shitty conditions being equal for everyone, we took up the challenge in good spirits and put on the best show we could. Without boring you with too many details of the contest, I can just report by the end the day, I was the one with the biggest and widest smile, as I took the 1st place! Wow, what a nice feeling getting the title after putting all those efforts into it!
Here’s the results:
1. Lars Petersen Neil Pryde / JP Australia
2. Mads Bjørnå Simmer / Fanatic
3. Kenneth Danielsen Simmer / RRD
4. Robert Sand Gaastra / Tabou
My apologises if there is more spelling errors than normal in this text.. It’s just that with no winds forecasted for the last day of the contest Sunday. We had the chance for a night out with the boys and girls to celebrate, and I’m glad that they virtually ran out of booze at the local café. Otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to walk the 100 meters home!
Here are a few shots from the contest. Thanks to Jan Nielsen and Frederik Sparvath for the pix!