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Never ending rain. An overcast sky. No reason to stay inside. Photos by Claudius and Caro, video filmed by Julia...

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Baltic Wave Winter Session

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After months of rather low winds we finally got some proper conditions in. The sun was out all day and the wind was just right for 3.7 and 4.0. I windsurfed all day. There were many people out but it was all good. Here are some photos shot by Tom Koehn photography.


Challenges make you stronger

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Is it possible to sail well when it has been windy for 4.8 all the time and all of a sudden you are faced with a full on winter storm and gale force winds? I was holding on to my 3.3 today and it wasn't really easy to show a good performance. I hope tomorrow will be better. I chose to sail on the river close to home today and it was probably not the best call. The chop was really round and not suitable for backloops and other vertical jumps. Also, I was kind of taking it easy, since I didn't want to risk too much in these kinds of conditions. Here are some pictures from today:

Choose life. Choose windsurfing.

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November was a very busy month and that's probably normal. Windsurfing was pretty much restricted to the weekends mixed with some occasional sneaky after work sessions. But no matter how much you work, take some off time for yourself. Driving to the sea, watching the waves, feeling the wind, feeling how nature changes with the seasons. Get inspired by nature. Renew yourself and find new energy.

Competition and Freesailing

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It's been a busy October with two competitions and some memorable freesailing sessions. The first contest I took part in was the last German Freestyle Battle of the year. I only finished third because I somehow couldn't find my form in my heat against Anton Munz, still just losing by half a point. There was no double elimination, so no second chance...
After three great events, I am now ranked first in the overall German freestyle ranking 2016. My goal is to do the same next year. Thanks windsurfers.de for the nice report: http://windsurfers.de/news/gfb-orth-2016-mathias-genkel-ist-deutscher-meister_a-7777.html
I can only train in northern Germany this winter. That's why I'm hoping for a mild winter. So far, things look quite bad, to be honest. We haven't had the best autumn storms and the forecast just looks cold.
However, I feel well prepared for the cold days. During the Danish championships in Klitmoller at the end of October we already got some really cold con…

Discovering potential spots in DK

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An autumn weekend spent outdoors, up in the north dicovering new places...  Upon arrival, we were greeted with a beautiful view of an unspoiled bay. The spot looked like an utopian ideal of a surf spot. However, it turned out to be quite tricky to sail with inconsistent, weak low-period wind waves and a very shallow and sharp reef. Let's see what this region has to offer on a better forecast.