Early start on the 3rd of the PWA event here in Sylt, with a 7 o'clock skipper's meeting. Well it's not that early, but it's dark and cold here at 7. The freestylers are starting at 7.30. Looking forward to watching the guys ripping! We're on hold for the waves, let's see if it gets good enough to start today. I hope it does while it's still port tack! Looks like we'll get starboard tack conditions for later in the week, not my favourite really.
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The last PWA event of this year has started here in Sylt, with women and men's wave, men's freestyle and men's slalom. The wind started blowing a bit today, they're starting with the slalom, and the forecast is pretty good for the whole week so it looks like there will be action happening all week. Everyone's here so it's gonna be fun for sure!
We went to the avant-première of Four Dimensions last night, the latest windsurfing movie produced by André Paskowski and edited by Peter Svensson, with Gollito, Brawzinio and Victor as the riders. The best windsurfing movie ever done in my opinion, on all aspects, AMAZING!
I can just recommend to everyone to get hold of the DVD. Check out the Four Dimensions website: www.fourdimensionsmovie.com
I had a bit of an unusual lesson to give last Sunday...I was kindly asked to give a windsurfing lesson to Whitney Toyloy, Miss Switzerland, during the Swiss Cup event happening in Yverdon. Whitney was there as a special guest and local celebrity - she lives in Yverdon and knows the windsurfing crew there as her Dad is part of it.
Anyway, I said yes of course, and it turned out to be a really cool afternoon! She did a great job and enjoyed being out there. And despite her celebrity she's a very spontaneous and relaxed girl. And who knows, there might very well be one more girl ripping on the lake soon!
The whole event was well organised, lots of people did the race, including quite a few kids too, shame there wasn't enough wind to validate the race. Still, they managed to do some fun races and attract a lot of spectators!
Beside windsurfing and being at the lake, I've spent a fair bit of time in the mountains lately, hiking, visiting friends and just enjoying being up there. I absolutely love being back in Switzerland, it is an amazing place and there's always something to do.
I'm off to Sylt tomorrow, let's hope it'll be windy! And not too cold please...
Just a quick one to share my excitement: today, here in Switzerland, was an EPIC day! I've been sailing all day on 3.7, with my 2 good mates Popov and Séb. Such strong wind is something pretty rare here in Switzerland, so everyone gets over excited. Séb lives right at the beach in an awesome place, so we could rig up and get change there, and tomorrow looks like it'll be good again so I just left everything there, ready to jump in the water again!
It was onshore with some good little ramps , and I did some BIIIIG shove it vulcans, really tweaked and high, it was awesome!
The European summer is slowly coming to an end. And what a summer! I literally haven't stopped traveling since end of April, going back and forth between Egypte, Greece, all around the Canaries twice, Holland, and a couple of days in Switzerland in the middle. It's been a busy and productive summer, I really enjoyed it!
I'm back home now and will be here until I gotta go to Sylt for the last PWA wave event of this year, which is in 2 weeks. And after Sylt... Back in Western Australia!
It's good to be home, catch up with everyone and do all the stuff I couldn't do in the last few months. It even looks like we're going to get some north wind in the next days!
Here are some pictures from this summer a bit everywhere...