- Published on 27 February 2013
After a period of really bad conditions with neither snow or wind, I decided to join up with my brother, Sigurd, at Bergsjøstølen. Even though the wind hadn’t been too good lately, they have a permanent system 2.0 set up there on snow with an awesome park. Helge Stærk, which runs Kiteskolen.no, lives up there and has just started his own film company which meant he had a lot of awesome film equipment we could use :)
As in the weeks before, we didn’t get much wind the week I was up there, but we got to ride a lot of cable! Enjoy the pictures for now, and there’ll be coming a film later.. Hopefully the Norwegian Championship will be held at Bergsjøstølen at Easters, so take the trip up there and have some fun!
- Published on 05 February 2013
Just as the perfect conditions with snow, wind and sun kicked in at home, it was time to go for an other trip abroad! This time to lake Reschen in Italy for the European Snowkite Championship :) Some days in advance the riders received word that the freestyle competition was pending better snow conditions, but I didn’t realise how bad it was untill I actually got there!
ICE – Even though it might look like snow the competition area was all rock hard ice with just a little frosting on top
Very disappointed about the conditions, me and some Germans I met tried to go racing on the ice with little success. The people with skis did a bit better because it gave them more traction. but after a while we gave up and decided to go to wait for a miracle over night.. In the mean time we decided to go to the Billabong Air and Style in Innsbruck to watch the pros do their thing on snowboards. Awesome atmosphere, and the riders gave it everything they got to win! Check out this run by Norwegian pro rider Ståle Sandbech! INSANE!! The little hand drag at the end unfortunately cost him the victory and he ended up 5th.
Innsbruck ski jumping arena – prepared for the snowboard competition
Over night the snow had started to come down hard, but there was still not enough on the lake to do freestyle. Due to the lack of snow the competition committee decided to move the competition just across the boarder to Switzerland where there supposedly was 50cm of snow, and some wind. They also chose to go for a jamstyle competition where the riders voted for each other to ensure that the competition wouldn’t be cut short by changing conditions. This is opposed to the normal way of doing freestyle competitions with heats which is very time-consuming.
When the day was over everyone got a voting form where they wrote which rider they thought should win the competition. Even though the wind had been a bit gusty, the weather had been great and we’d had a lot of fun:)
We didn’t get the results from the competition before the day after but I ended up winning when all the votes was counted :D Really stoked!
Thanks for all the votes, and see you all again next year!
- Published on 15 January 2013
This year my brother and I decided to go to Zanzibar to kitesurf over Christmas to train for the World Championship in showkiting in France just over newyears. Even though the wind season should already be kicking in, we only had one day of decent wind; just enough to make a film ;)
- Published on 10 January 2013
Today was the first day of “strong” wind since we got here last Saturday. Only problem was it was changing constantly up and down between perfect conditions for my 11m and a little light for my 15m. And since it changed so quickly it was very difficult to choose the right size before a heat. I ended up going for my 15 in my fist heat against a young very talented guy named Garachenco for the 3rd place. This showed out to be just perfect and I ended up winning :) For my next heat for the 2nd place I also went for my 15 but ended up having a little too much power at the wrong places, which resulted in that I couldn’t land some of the tricks I usually do. Even so It was a very close heat and I ended up with a 1 to 2 vote from the judges ruleing for Chasta. Again he won on variation in tricks over the more thechnical feestyle moves that I prefer.
Anyhow! Really stoked to be on the podium again this year, and hopefully I’ll make it all the way to the top next year :) Price giving is tomorrow night and after that chances are there will be one hell of a party!