Arrived well at La Torche and big Surf is up

The beach is beautiful and the scenery with over mast high breaking waves is just breathtaking. It’s so great to see breaking waves like on the first day here in Brittany. And Ricardo Campello had nuts and made it out  in just a few knots of wind. He was surfing the waves. Big respect.  I really hope we will see more wave action and get proper wind for a few races during the next 8 days. Most of the big names are here to compete in the 6th PWA Slalom tour stop of the 2014 season.

Here are a few shots from the trip to La Torche and the first day at the French land’s end with a lot of friendly people, tasty crepes and a really wild coast. Definitely like this area from the first day on!

 

Driving through the Champagne (Pic: Kerstin Reiger)

Driving through the Champagne on the way to La Torche  (Pic: Kerstin Reiger)

Team Autriche (Pic: Kerstin Reiger)

Team Autriche (Pic: Kerstin Reiger)

Team Autriche, Marco Lang and  I at the opening Ceremony (Pic: Kerstin Reiger)

Team Autriche, Marco Lang and I at the opening ceremony (Pic: Kerstin Reiger)

Huge waves at the right hand side of the Point of La Torche (Pic: Kerstin Reiger)

Huge waves at the right hand side of the Point of La Torche (Pic: Kerstin Reiger)

At Penmarch (Pic: Kerstin Reiger)

At Penmarch, checking the surf (Pic: Kerstin Reiger)

A real Galette de saucisse, the local street food . Quite tasty! (Pic:Kerstin Reiger)

A real Galette de Saucisse, the local street food . A real revolution and quite tasty! (Pic:Kerstin Reiger)

Less space in the tiny gear tents, but better than nothing

Less space in the tiny gear tents, but better than nothing

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Off to new places

It’s time to leave Austria. It’s beautiful autumn weather here at the moment, but Finistere is calling. The rugged coast at the atlantic coast will welcome us with big swell and strong wind. We hopefully will see great wave action. Perhaps triple loop attempts. Robert Teriitheau is in the house! 64 riders will compete on the Slalom course with more than 40 % riders from France. Will we see a French winner or will Arnon score big again and climb up on top of the podium. I am really happy that I got a wild card again. This is my premiere in Brittany and it’s a great comeback of a place and a region on tour, which was a highlight venue in the past, in the 80ties and 90ties. Was not really sure to start the trip as my van made troubles. The local garage replaced a few tubes and thee battery. It should run smooth again.  Kerstin and I rent a sweet little stone house close to Le Point de la Torche. We are excited about to see something new and make new friends in Brittany. See you there! Everything is packed. We only have to drive 1800 km…

 

A rare selfie

A rare selfie

20 degrees during October, nice

20 degrees during October, nice

Beautiful autumn

Beautiful autumn

Beach park Weiden

Beach park Weiden

Boats and no wind

Boats and no wind

Lake view

Lake view

Silence in the autumn at Lake Neusiedl

Silence in the autumn at Lake Neusiedl

Racing in Austria, not windy enough (Pic: Zugsbratl/WSA

Racing in Austria, not windy enough (Pic: Zugsbratl/WSA)

Racing on Sylt, not easy (Pic_Carter/PWA)

Racing on Sylt, not easy (Pic_Carter/PWA)

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Sylt 2014

The time on Sylt is really nice so far. Really warm weather, a nice atmosphere on the beach and a lot of positive vibes. The windsurfing conditions were nice in the beginning. and we did one full round of Slalom racing in rough conditions with waves and light wind. Unfortunately I was not really windsurfing as good as I expected. I went on too small gear in my first heat. It was a wrong decision to choose the medium board and 7,8m.

In the second round I started well and arrived together with Gunnar Asmussen in 3rd at the first mark, but then jibed too wide at the third mark and lost the safe qualifying position. At the final mark I tried to sneak in in front of Nico Prien, but completely stopped and somehow was swimming with Gunnar below the mark for a long time. There was not enough wind to water start quick. We had to wait around one minute for the next gust to make it back on board. Damn. Missed the good wind by a few seconds. Should race faster. Really hope for some more rounds on Saturday. The wind looks better. Really want to show some better performance on the race course.

 

In the meanwhile I met a lot of big characters of our sport, did a few great interviews and watched “Children of the wind” on a big cinema screen. A lot of special moments!

 

Children of the wind is a great documentary. Watched it at the cinema in Westerland (Pic: Kerstin Reiger)

Children of the wind is a great documentary. Watched it at the cinema in Westerland (Pic: Kerstin Reiger)

Cesare Cantagalli, the inventor of the Cheeseroll, spent a few days at Sylt. He sponsored me with GOT sails a few years ago (Pic: Kerstin Reiger)

Cesare Cantagalli, the inventor of the Cheeseroll, spent a few days at Sylt. He sponsored me with GOT sails a few years ago (Pic: Kerstin Reiger)

After a nice interview with Robby Naish(Pic: Kerstin Reiger)

After a nice interview with Robby Naish(Pic: Kerstin Reiger)

A meeting Robert Teriitheau (Pic: Kerstin Reiger)

A meeting with Robert Teriitheau (Pic: Kerstin Reiger)

My spot in the equipment area at the Brandenburger beach (Pic: Kerstin Reiger)

My spot in the equipment area at the Brandenburger beach (Pic: Kerstin Reiger)

Morning light at the Brandenburger beach on Sylt (Pic: Kerstin Reiger)

Morning light at the Brandenburger beach on Sylt (Pic: Kerstin Reiger)

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