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winter holidays

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It's the winter holidays, which means two weeks of free time to go windsurfing. We wanted to do a little road trip to somewhere further south. Unfortunately, we just made it to Berlin where my car broke down. So we're back home. Luckily enough, it's been windy today and yesterday. The Sailloft Air 5.2 worked perfectly with the Patrik Air Style 98l . On top of that, Maui Ultra Fins sent me their new X-Wave Carbon 18cm fin to get some feedback on how it works for freestyle. It is a wave fin for conditions with sea weed. It seems to help getting on the plane earlier than a freestyle fin of the same size. I still have to use it in stronger winds to tell you more about it, but no negative issues so far with it. Stay tuned for more...

at the step

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Less wind than expected, choppy, onshore - still fun. Not the best conditions for learning new moves though. I look forward to sailing in two days time when they forecast a lot of wind.

perfect flatwater

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Voilà une des raisons pour lesquelles on fait du windsurf: Cette une évasion du quotidien. On perçoît le monde d'un nouvel angle. En particulier, quand on trouve de nouveaux endroits où l'on peut naviguer sans trop de monde. Seul sur l'eau, on oublie les problèmes, on est libre. Sur les photos, on peut voir le matos que j'ai utilisé pendant cette session: une planche Patrik Air Style 98l, une voile Sailloft Air en 5.2 - pas beaucoup de vent mais assez pour quelques figures.

magic day on the water

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What foiling is all about is this: When there is not enough wind for windsurfing, you just jump on the foil on your biggest freestyle sail and feel the lightness of being. You do not need a big and very expensive slalom sail. A smaller sail will make it a lot easier to pump yourself on the plane. A board equipped with a foil is already heavy enough on the beach. So do not stress yourself with a large sail. I was just using a 5.2 Sailloft Air today and got on the plane in very low winds. Once airborne and flying on the foil, the world around you becomes so silent. You hover above the water and you can feel this perfect connection to the elements. It's a change of perspective - a different perspective on life. Something that everyone needs every once in a while...

Short Trip to Fuerteventura

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Training freestyle in Fuerte for just over a week really motivated me to push my level. This was a very spontaneous trip that ended as fast as it had started, with a broken board. Here is a picture from one of the better evening sessions in the lagoon. What I like about it is that the holiday homes in the background seem so close. The photo captures that perfect moment during a burner when you hoover over your gear. Shot by S.Timm.

Portugal 2018

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Portugal in the off season holds some huge potential for windsurfing. However, we were quite unlucky with the wind. We went from Guincho, to Caparica to Fonte da Telha, to Carcavelos, to Peniche, to Lagoa de Albufeira and to Foz do Arelho. Everywhere we went, it was quite sketchy. Most of the time, the swell was quite big or even too big. I even destroyed a nearly new sail in the Guincho shorebreak. Here are some pictures:

Une session de windsurf de rêve

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 La réalité est un miroir de nos pensées. On se dit qu'il fait trop froid, qu'on ne peut pas naviguer car il fait moins 5 degrés. Mais franchement, si on a vraiment envie de naviguer, rien ne t'empêche de te mettre dans l'eau. Faut profiter de toutes les différentes sessions peu importe ce que les autres disent.