- 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!
- Published on 09 January 2013
Due to low wind today we only managed to finish the last heats in single elimination (men, women, ski, snowboard) and had to postpone the doubles for tomorrow.
In single elimination riders compete against each other usually 2 in each heat ,and the winner advances to compete against the winner from an other heat. Since this can be unfair and people can be unlukcy in their heats, the double elimination was introduced. This is a competition style where you start at the bottom where each rider competes against the other riders that were eliminated at the same level (e.g quarter finals). The winner can after he has beaten all the other riders at a certain leveladvance to the next level and gain several positions. Possibly go all the way to the top!
So since the wind was light today, tomorrow will be the big day for double elimination. I’m in 3rd place after the single elimination, which means that I have to beat the winner from the heats under me to keep my current possition. If so, I get to compete against Chasta for the 2nd place,and if I win again, I go against Marek Zach for the 1st. Since he haven’t lost any heats one has to win 2 heats to take the first place.
Really excited for tomorrow! The forecast is looking good, so I really hope we get some good heats with more power and guts than we have seen so far :)
- Published on 09 January 2013
Today the competitioin kicked off for men, snowboard freestyle. Even though the wind was very light the whole day they managed to finish almost he entire single elimination, only missing my last heat which we will do the first thing in the morning. I got unlucky against Chasta, a french snowkite legend, and lost due to lack of variaty. I am allways pushing the freestyle moves while Chasta is more of an all round rider, which aparently the judges liked. Anyhow, I am now in 3rd or 4th place depending on the outcome of the heat tomorrow morning. After that we will go straight on to double elimination where I managed to fight my way from 9th to 2nd place last year. Hopefully things will run just as smooth this year :)