Holland - the Elevate Girls Camp & The Mission

27-Aug-2010

I’m back from 10 awesome days in Brouwersdam, Holland, and finally collected a few pictures of both the Girls Camp and the Mission to write a little report.

Here's the story...

I got back from Greece, spent just enough time in Switzerland to wash my clothes, repack my boardbags, and ready to fly to Amsterdam.

With the plane jumping about like hell during the whole flight, I knew way before stepping out on Dutch land that the wind was on.

We got to Brouwersdam early enough on Sunday to squeeze in a quick session before the girls signed up for the camp would start arriving. I rigged up 4.2 and went out for a good freestyle session, the first proper windy day I’d had in quite a while. Good start in Holland!

All the girls slowly started to arrive and we got to meet each other around dinner.

There were 12 spaces for the week and all of them booked, perfect. The girls came mostly from Holland, but also from Switzerland, England and Norway. To make things even better, we had a special guest, Robin, to spend the week with us for some male support and local knowledge...

The week whole week went really well, it was windy pretty much the whole time and if it wasn’t quite windy enough to be planing, we were out on the water doing light wind freestyle. All the girls were doing amazing, spending hours and hours on the water every day, not scared of the cold, rain or putting back a cold and wet wetsuit after lunch! They were so motivated to train and learn as much as they could, really great to see!

I enjoyed that week a lot. It’s always so rewarding to see people come out of the water with happy faces and smiles on!

Then it was the weekend of the MISSION, 7th and final edition...

330 people signed up for the race – kids, boys, girls, men, women, everyone was there, ready to windsurf, race and just enjoy one more time the legendary Mission! The wind was perfect for racing. It just dropped as we were going out for the Battle of the Giants, the freestyle super session, but the jetski and 2 boats were ready to tow us so no worries!

The tow in was really good fun, going full power and throwing some moves in no wind. The show with Tonky and Gollito was simply unreal. Massive air funnels, burners, culos, I just felt like sitting on my board and watch! There will be videos coming out soon I'm sure, make sure you check them out!

Saturday night was also a very good one again. The place was absolutely packed! BBQ, then lottery with loads of sick prices to win - a 2011 Fanatic board, sail, boom, boardies, boardbags, and much more. Lots of people got spoilt there!

Then the night went on… awesome party, music and people!

On Sunday the racing kept going, another tow in freestyle session in the afternoon, the prize giving and another big lottery…

Yeah, it was such a good event again!!!! Well done Herman and everyone who was part of it and involved. Windsurfing definitely needs more events like the Mission!!!

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