We're still in Sylt, Germany, for the Colgate PWA World Cup starring men and women's wave and men's freestyle and slalom. The event is huge as usual, with massive crowds watching the action, lots of tents and stuff happening. So far they managed to run a freestyle single elimination. Gollito won, Taty's 2nd, Steven 3rd and Kiri 4th. The wind was really light and the heats had to be extended to 12 minutes to make sure there would be enough gusts coming through for the guys to nail enough moves. And although the conditions were really tough they were landing sick moves.
The wind's still light today but just enough to run the slalom. You can watch all the action live and read the live ticker thanks to the new feature on www.pwaworldtour.com, the PWA TV! Plus you can gps track all the racers by following this link
It doesn't look like we'll get any wave action today, but hopefully the wind and swell will pick up soon!
Will keep you posted.
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A lot happened since the last update…
The Red Sea perfection kept going till the end of the trip. 3 perfect weeks in Dahab, wind everyday for 3.7 and 4.2, lots of friends out, new moves, happy day. The prefect freestyle trip !
We got a lot of footage from there, video and photos. I am editing a little video clip and will post it soon. All the photos were taken by Jérôme Treboux - thank you little brother!!!
Flew home on Sunday morning – had the most stunning flight over the snowy Swiss Alps, aaaah home sweet home ! - and on Tuesday drove to Luzern for the customer event of my new sponsor, SISA, where I had to do a presentation about my life as a pro windsurfer, speak in a microphone -on stage - in front of a crowd - with a powerpoint presentation… Been nervous about it for 2 weeks!!!
It went well in the end, and I think a lot of people who would never have heard about windsurfing otherwise got a good idea about our amazing sport and who knows, might event give it a go !
It was an interesting day and good experience. My favorite part was Eliana Burki playing jazz and blues tunes with an alphorn! It sounded awesome, never expected something like that!
Spent Wednesday sorting my stuff out, packing my boardbags and on Thursday I was off again, this time more towards the northern part of the world : Sylt.
The yearly massive Sylt PWA event is on, it started with registration yesterday and will go on till the 3rd of October.
There’s waves for both men and women, freestyle men and slalom men, so everyone is here and it’s really good to see them all.
We were down here really early this morning - I carried my board down the beach with the moon shining over my head - as skipper’s was at 7.15 with the first possible start at 7.30.
It doesn’t look too good for waves today though. We’re on hold now and it looks like they will run some freestyle or slalom. Make sure you check out all the action on the PWA’s live TV and live ticker !
September has always been my favourite time of the year in Dahab. It's windy, windy and windy, hot - but bearable hot, and the water's at about 30 degrees.
Well this trip has all of it. Plus some extras, like lots of friends and some very special moments... But you will hear all about it soon, can't say anything right now!
I've been here for a week, it's been windy every single day and it doesn't look like it wants to stop! It's so good to be training full time. The guys here are ripping and I'm learning a lot with them out there! 2 more weeks to go, should get plenty of video footage by the end of this trip and edit a little clip.
My brother has been here for a week too, which was great fun. He improved his windsurfing a lot and is now the master of the catapult as you can see below! Haha. He's been doing a great job on the water as well as with the photos and videos. Thanks bro! The photos above are all his.
And all the pictures below were taken by Phil Richards. If you're in Dahab and wanna take back memories of your windsurfing holiday, make sure you go and see him, he's always around the Lagoon or Baby Bay taking pictures!