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!