I've been enjoying some time at home with my friends and family lately, been windsurfing a few times in very cold but awesome conditions and it's now time for some waves and warm water action! We're off to Australia this week and I heard it's going off!!!
My bags are all packed and I'm ready to go. While I'm trying to be patient and stay still till then, I've put together a few mast mount clips from Dahab. Check it out on my video page!
From now on I'll be wearing the most stylish sunglasses!
Many thanks to my new sponsor Von Zipper and the Standard Formula crew for supporting me!
We've had 10 GREAT days in Sardegna!!! Just as beautiful as ever, the island offered us all kind of conditions, from sunny and light wind days to strong north east days, which was the perfect combination to make everyone of every level happy. Not to mention the unique atmosphere of the place with its beautiful landscape, friendly local people, fine food, red wine and myrto!
Popov and I had 24 students of all age and levels, from beginners to experienced windsurfers and had a lot of fun teaching to all of them. It was especially great to see the new generation ripping it up out there!
Thanks to everyone for a great week, we're looking forward to the next one!
Action shots in Dahab, in Préverenges (my homespot), and some lifestyle shots.
I've heard we're about to get some good strong north wind here at home... Let's get our gloves and shoes out and see you on the water!
We've just had the perfect day on my homespot! Préverenges, Lake Geneva, on my 4.7 the whole day, most of it just my mate Popov and I on the water. I almost lost my toes and fingers from the cold but I will remember that session for a long time!
The following days the wind dropped a bit but I had a great time doing a Kids Freestyle Weekend. All the kids were sailing really well, doing geckos and all kind of moves and their variations.
And during all this time, also freezing his fingers, Sébastien Staub was there taking pics! Thanks Séb.
Check out his website for more pics on www.vldesign.ch/sebastienstaub
It'll happen in Préverenges, my home spot, on the 29th and 30th of September in the afternoons and it's open to all kids who can sail and want to learn some freestyle!
No need to be a pro, if you want to learn freestyle basics or more advanced moves you're welcome. It'll happen in any wind conditions.
If you're interested let me know be sending me an email here. See you on the water!
I'm in Dahab for 2 weeks, doing the Tricktionary photoshoot, training and teaching. The wind has been amazing, I've learnt a lot of new moves and I'm just loving it!
Check out my video page!
I just made a short video with the few clips I had from Vassiliki. You will also find Simon Hurrey's latest awesome video, a freestyle wave mix from Dahab and South Africa with big shakas and aerials!
Popov, one of the talented Surf Shop instructors and riders and I are happy to announce that we are oganizing a clinic in Porto Pollo, the famous windsurfing spot in Sardegna. It will take place from October the 12th to the 21st.
This clinic is open to anyone who can sail along on a longboard and wants to learn to beachstart, waterstart, use the harness and footstraps, to the more advanced windsurfer who would like to learn to carve jibe, spock or puneta!
For more details and registration forms please got to www.surfshop.ch
We're looking forward to seeing you out there!
I will be in Dahab and available for lessons from the 8th until the 21st of September. Everyone is welcome, I teach all level, from a beginner to a carve jibe or freestyle lesson.
Dahab is a wonderful flat water spot on the Red Sea, in Egypt. It offers constant winds from 15 to 30 knots, beautiful warm, clear and flat water and is ideal for all levels.
If you're interested just contact me here!
Fuerteventura finished without any more action on the water as the wind died so I'm keeping my 3rd place.
As that was the last event of the World Cup PWA Freestyle Tour for the girls this year I'm ranked 3rd overall!
I'm heading home tomorrow, then straight back to Vass for a couple of weeks. I heard the wind's really good there at the moment...
2 days of competition, 2 eliminations and 2 third places!
Today's boiling hot and no wind, but before that we had some great freestyle conditions. The wind was pretty offshore and the water very flat.
We started with a single elimination on the first day. I was on my 3.4 and sailing some good heats. I won all of them until the one against Daida. It was close: I did some flakas, switch moves, all the spocks, grubbies and so on but the judges gave it to her which left me 3rd.
The double was also quite exciting and I had fun again. I fought for the second place against Sarah and after a very good heat we were equal. The judges had to decide on a tie and Sarah won it. Which means... 3rd again!!! Sarah then faced Daida but didn't manage to beat her. Daida is currently 1st and Sarah 2nd.
We still have 2 more days to go so hopefully the wind will pick up by then and we'll do some more eliminations.
You can check out some of the event photos in my picture gallery, or lots of them on www.pwaworldtour.com
Séb is here too, enjoying the windsurfing, taking photos and making videos of the competition. He's putting them all on online to share it with the whole world. Check it out on fuerte2007.box.re
The Canarian trip continues, and after a couple of tough events we're now in Fuerteventura enjoying the warm and blue water, sandy beach and awesome conditions.
The next PWA freestyle event starts on the 25th until the 30th.All the best riders are here warming up and looking forward to the contest which will for sure be one of the greatest freestyle show ever!
At the same time on another island, very different but just as nice, my mate Gus is freestyling on his home spot and enjoying the Swedish lifestyle...
I also updated the photo gallery with new pics from Pozo and Dahab, check it out!
At the same time, on the island of Lefkas, Greece, the "Sweetwater Ocean Festival" took place with a freestyle contest. Simon Hurrey (www.simonhurrey.com) was the star! He won the double elimination yesterday as well as the expression session today! Congratulation Si. Congratulations to Colin for his 2nd place and Olly for the 4th place!
The Club Vass boys definitely rule...
All the women freestylers met the morning at the beach for the skippersmeeting. It was planned to do a last round today with a single and a double. But the wind was even stronger than yesterday and we decided it was too much for freestyle.
So, after a long week of competing in tough conditions and different results in every elimination (a 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place) I'm once again ranked 3rd in freestyle! Looks like this 3rd place likes me...
We might do a supersession tomorrow, which is gonna be a lot of fun. Then we're all off to the next event which will take place form the 24th till the 31st of July in Fuerteventura. I heard the wind's been really good there too lately. Sotavento is an awesome spot for freestyle and I'm really looking forward to going there!
We've done two singles and two doubles so far. The wind has been from pretty light to very strong and the rankings have been changing quite a bit.
I started pretty well with a 3rd place in the first single but lost against Iballa Moreno in the double and droped to 4th (big disappointment).
My best day was yesterday when I won my first ever PWA elimination!!! I beat Daida Moreno in the final and took the 1st place. We did the double elimination today in really strong winds (first time ever I'm freestyling on my 3.0 ...) and unfortunately I didn't manage to stay up there, I lost against Daida in the final and droped to 2nd. All this means I'm currently ranked 3rd, Sarah is 2nd and Daida 1st.
We still have 2 days to compete so we will do another single and a double. Everything can still change.
Let's just hope the wind doesn't pick up more!
3.4 is the biggest sail I've been using since I arrived here in Pozo, which HAS to be the windiest place on Earth!
The PWA event in Pozo has started, with a wave competition for both men and women, a slalom for men and freestyle for women.
Between 35 and 45 knots of wind and a good swell with logo high waves sets were perfect to start with the wave competition. It was just as much fun being out there as watching some of the riders going ridiculously high! Huge clean doubles, table forwards, pushloop into forward, amazing...
It's compulsory to check out the photos and videos on www.pwaworldtour.com for anyone how wants to have an idea of how flying men (and women) look like.
The women's winner is Daida Moreno, followed by Iballa Moreno and karin Jaggi and the men's is Victor Fernandez, 2nd is Kauli Seadi and Julien Taboulet finished 3rd.
I'm 9th and had so much fun I've decided to concentrate more on the waves from now!
We start with freestyle tomorrow, I'd better go out there and warm up...
The first PWA freestyle contest of the season is over and after a great week of wind and waves I'm ranked 3rd.
Sarah Quita won the event in front of Daida and Gollito won the men's.
We're now all heading to Pozo in Gran Canaria where we'll be competing in waves and freestyle for 10 days.
Thanks to the PWA and to all the organizers for a great event here in Lanzarote!
Here we go, we finished the second double elimination today with strong and gusty winds.
I was 3rd again. Daida Moreno finished 2nd and Sarah Quita won today!
Andy Chambers, aka Bubble (www.k540.com) from Club Vass had some great heats and beat a few people today, finishing 9th!
The freestylers are released for today and it's time for some slalom action...
After 2 days of competition, one double elimination yesterday, a single today, and lots of heats to go through I finished 3rd both days!
The wind's pretty strong, with big waves breaking in the middle of the competition area. The guys' level is incredible, with triple esliders, massive shaka flakas and a lot more. The girls are sailing very well too, doing switch stance moves, flakas, spocks... Well, the show is amazing!
For more details and live action check out www.pwaworldtour.com
Welcome to my new website! Thanks to Séb, www.zencocoon.com, for doing such a great job!
I'm in Lanzarote at the moment, warming up for the first PWA Freestyle event taking place here in Costa Teguise, from the 30th of June until the 7th of July. The wind is good, some other competitors are here as well, and the level is unbelievably high this year!
I'll keep you updated on how it goes.
You can also check out the action live on www.pwaworldtour.com