Showing posts from October, 2009

Getting used to it

Spending time abroad is always a very special experience. I am currently working as a language assistant in Istres, a small town west of Marseille in Southern France. This allows me to combine my passion for windsurfing with earning some money, which is very handy when you think of how expensive a sport windsurfing is. I live 10 kilometres from the next beach, Fos-sur-Mer, a spot that is quite popular with speedsurfers and usually has some strong and gusty offshore winds. It's quite a demanding spot for freestyle but when it all comes together it's alright for moves like this:

Funnell in Fos-sur-Mer from Mathias Genkel on Vimeo.

It's a different story with southeasterlies though. They bring rain and onshore wave conditions to most beaches nearby. Carro, a famous Mediterranean wave spot, is about half an hour from where I live. This spot does not work well too often I think. Yet, I sailed there yesterday. The waves were really quite big for the Mediterranean. It's all lo…

Southern France

Arrived well in Istres. Plenty of spots just around the corner. Had a good week so far with two freestyle sessions and a wave session in Carro last Friday. Small waves but it was nice to be out on the new RRD Thruster for the first time. I'm looking forward to autumn and winter mistral winds.