It seems that the autumn has arrived! It’s been windy and wavy almost every day lately. And even better stuff to come judging from this forecast:
Here’s some shots from the best session Thursday last week, I sailed with 4,2 in a very smooth Middles due to nice sideoff winds! This is my favourite conditions above all, it does get bigger and even cleaner than this. But it was good that it wasn’t too heavy, as it was my first waveriding with the left knee at the back since my injury. A bit scary to begin with, but I had gone by the fysio first and gotten a proper taping of the knee, and that help, and it went very good. It’s mostly a mental thing.. I’ve been holding back a little, so I hope during this week that I’ll able to cut loose a bit more!
You might notice that I’m on the new 2011 Fly, and it’s b-e-a-utifull! They got a really nice feel to them! I’m still figuring out the exact changes from last years Fly, but they sure feel good! They have lots of drive and are nicely controlled. And then this years graphics is absolutely sweet! Okay, no more praises now from this Neil Pryde team rider! But I do love em!
Thanks to my main man Christian for taking the shots!
Okay, enough writing, I’m off to the beach! Hope you too will enjoy some good windsurfing the coming days!
What can I say; it’s good times around here! Summer is still on, and our little fishing village is buzzing with activity. Conditions have been all right, not the most consistent, but there certainly have been some enjoyable days on a fairly regular basis. But but BUT, I haven’t enjoyed the last couple weeks doing what I love the most: playing in waves! A month ago I crashed in an Off the Lip on a big day down in Agger injuring my inside ligaments of my left knee. Agger has the heaviest wave in the area, and when things go wrong you have to be ready to pay the price! So I did! However, it’s healing up well, and I have in fact just been out for the time again the last 2 days! I’m sooo stoked to be back on the water. I had really missed it, and I was singing out on the water like a little kid (hope nobody heard it, because I sing like shit! Haha)
10 years ago I would really have been in a bad mood for not being able to get in the ocean, but nowadays I actually learnt to relax while the injury is healing up (yup, this is by far not the first time I get injured! Having fun must apparently hurt some times )
I think my trick to survive not getting in the ocean is my other passions, and one of these is filming. It’s been great to have main focus on that for a while. A little before my injury Neil Pryde had asked if I could go to Fuerteventura end of July and shoot their new coming racing sails, and that was perfect timing as then I didn’t have to worry about all the sailing I was missing while filming!
Shooting off the little Island Lobos. Sweet colours! Sorry, for the photoshop blurred sails, but I can’t give away the new designs before the release…
Thanks to Jerome for the shots!
Something else that brings a smile on my face these days is the Klitmøller Cold Hawaii Wave World Cup coming up next month. http://coldhawaii.eu/worldcup/ This is such an old dream of mine that’s finally happening! It’s going to be sooo awesome to have our sports ultimate show in our own backyard, and I get to take part in it!
I don’t know what is it is these days, but we sure got the big happenings going down this fall! Just before the World Cup, we got another big budget event down south in Hvide Sande called “Waterz”. http://www.waterz.dk/
The programme consists of long distance racing, wakeboarding comp, SUP, parties and everything! Antoine Albeau and several of the top guys are attending. FYM Productions will be in charge of covering the action, and that’s going to be fun, as we’ll have Helicopter, jet skies the whole works!
I really want to acknowledge this passionate group of people that is making this happen – fantastic work!!! (You know who you are!)
Left: A serious moment at “Bunkers”. I’m often told that I always look like a big happy kid, and well – I am despite my age! But here’s proof I can look serious!
Right: Backloop at “Middles”
Top: Frontloop at Klitmøller Bay
Bottom: A shot from maybe this years best day so far. June 12th in Middles. 3,6 + sideoff = magic!
The season has started for real! I just had the first proper wavesailing this year in Denmark with 3 classic Hanstholm days in a row! First day was 5,1 with good waves. Second day was nuking 3,6 conditions, and the last day was a solid 3,9 day.
Here’s some shots from mainly the last day. (click on the pictures to view in bigger size))
Delayed Frontloop in “Middles” – Gu Screw at “Fishfactory” – Straight Jump at “Middles”
Nikolaj Bjørn Eriksen almost pulls a Wave 360 – Jens Pedersen Bottom turning
Bottom turning on one of the better sized sets – Jumping at “Fishfactory”
I guess it’s about time for an update!
As they say – no news is good news! I’m back in Klitmøller since beginning of the month, and really enjoying being back home.
Maui was good, in fact there was hardly any days without wind! However in April I barely sailed, as I got myself an ankle injury, and on top of that I got really busy shooting 2011 product videos for JP and some short films for Neil Pryde. Although I’m not fond of missing out on the sailing, it was great to focus a 100% on the filming. April was very fruitful shooting about 45 hours of footage in total! With great conditions almost every day, it was possible to collect some really good stuff, including footage from several helicopter sessions. For the first time I also got to do some serious water shooting as Henne my German FYM partner that normally is in charge of the water filming couldn’t make over due to the ash clouds closing airports.
Here’s a few shots from the JP shoot.
Here’s a couple of shots from March 4’th, where I had my first session at Hookipa. After a few days of high surf advisory the swell had backed off and was “just” mast high. Yes, you are reading correctly – just mast high! It’s funny how you at other spots around the world so rarely will have waves this size. But here, it’s common to have at least logo high sets! Hookipa is not famous for being the world wave sailing arena no. 1 without reason!
Wind from the right is not my natural tack, so I have been hard at work getting the “mechanics” working (again). The previous days in lower Kanaha had been worth gold, as you could get a lot a turns on waves that doesn’t eat you alive when you goof up!.. At this session at Hookipa I was playing it save, but I’m slowly getting ready to step up my game as my comfort and confidence quickly rises. Hope to be busting some big moves in the near future!
Big thanks to Danni Jakobsen for taking the pix while he was taking a day off to heal a minor foot injury. Danni, my travel companion, is one of the young and upcoming Formula and Slalom racers in Denmark. But while here, he has put the serious racing training on pause and is enjoying wave sailing to the max!
Danni bottom turning at Sprecks
Remember you can double click on the pictures to see them in bigger versions..