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Bella Italia

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It was at the time before Christmas when I felt that leaving the daily routine behind and going on a windsurf trip in a van was something that my soul needed. I cannot really explain that feeling. It’s like when you watch the cars on a nearby motorway driving south and you feel an inner voice telling you to go on a journey. I knew that I wanted to go south because northern Germany and the nearby Scandinavian countries can be quite bleak and cold in the winter time. Windsurfing here between November and February can still be a great adventure and you can get that cosy “hygge“ feeling when renting a house and sitting by the fire place after a cold session - But what I needed was something to warm my heart. So the plan was to drive south straight after school and to make it to Lago di Garda on the same day. Afer a couple of hours on the road I suddenly realised that the sky was changing. Its grey colour, its standard setup in the winter time in northern Germany, started to give way to s

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.