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During the past days we saw excellent conditions at Lake Neusiedl. Northern, North Western and South Easter wind kicked in at Podersdorf. The wind was extremely steady and strong on several days. I had the chance to sail a lot on the new Reflex 4 in 7,0/7,8 and 8,6. Even 6,2 would have worked during one day, but prefered to sail to the max with 7,0 and iSonic 107. I crashed on a downwind run extremely hard and was lucky not breaking any gear. Just the harness line is out of funktion. Luckily the line broke …
107 and 7,0 is a nice combo. Much underrated so far. But needs wind and felt like the Reflex 4 works excellent on the 68,5 cm wide board. I used 38 cm fin, but for sure I could have used a bit smaller one, too
I sailed a lot with Marco Lang, who trained a lot during the last months and has massive speed. It helped a lot to follow him and sail at the limit. We as well tested many different fins and some new ones from Peter Pfaffenbichler, the S4 LTx, which worked very well on my Starboards and Marco’s Fanatics.
I really tried to get prepared well for the next weeks in Croatia and Spain. But time is limited. Especially Costa Brava will be a tough one with probably the best Worldcup fleet since the Slalom discipline got relaunched in 2005. The Croatian Slalom Championships will help to get back some racing routine. Actually I really feel used well to my gear.
It’s the coldest March since many years. Temperatures far below 10°, but wind above 30 knots. And that’s the most important. Got in the full drysuit and had fun at my homespot. But soon we are off to Italy for Pizza, Pasta and more, yeaah…
Kerstin got some nice shots. I am really into freeriding at the moment. My new racing sails, the Reflex 4, will arrive during the second week of April and the boards later in the month. It’s all good. First competition will be on Sylt during the second week of May!
©all pics Kerstin Reiger
Finally I got the chance to compete in the Austrian championships in 2012 as the Sylt Worldcup final got moved more towards October. Unfortunately we had not enough wind to run any races during the three days from the 21st till 23rd of September. But all in all it was a nice weekend meeting several friends of the Austrian and Hungarian racing scene. We had 28 racers on the starting list and some famous names in Austria like Gonzalo Costa Hoevel, who recently won the IFCA Slalom Worldtitle on Paros, Greece, Markus Pöltenstein, Marco Lang, Manuel Zugsbratl or Gábor Koszti. It definitely would have been an exciting race. The plan was to do a long distance race and a downwind Slalom. Friday saw some light gusts, but the wind was too unsteady. Even the kite racers were unable to finish their competition and they told us that they can easily go in 4-5 knots. At Saturday morning we met at 8.00 for an early skippermeeting, but the wind from the night was gone.
Instead of racing I had the chance to test the new inflatable Windsups. All in all it was an excellent organised event by Stylehunters. See you next year from the 20th of September on in Podersdorf.
Now it´s time to prepare everything for the Worldcup final on Sylt, which will be started on the 28th of September and last till the 7th of October. It´s the longest worldcup of the season.