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The 2012 trip on the Canary Islands was a great one. A lot of island hopping and changing places, what guranteed a lot of different surroundings. It started with some nice days on Fuerteventura´s east coast. Later I got the chance to watch the most radical onshore wave events ever. Gran Canaria saw windgusts up to 60+ knots and Tenerife as well had very windy conditions. In between a short trip to Sotavento and in the final a two weeks long stay on Fuertventura.
“I travelled more than 20 times to the Canary islands and started back in 2005 with Slalom racing at Sotavento. Most of the trips were to the island of Fuerteventura. And never I returned disappointed. There are so many spots and you will always find the spot, which works with the actual wind- and waveconditions. And the life is pure: simple food, a lot of fish, no traffic jams and a lot of nice people!”
I competed in the PWA Slalom at Sotavento in the end of July this year as well. It was my 8th participation. We sailed 50 knots conditions the days before the event started. That was extremely exciting, fully powered on the Reflex III 5,6 m, my smallest Slalom sail and on the iSonic 87 with a 32 cm long fin. It definitely paid off to bring this small sail size.
Later, when the competition was on, I did not think once to use the smallest kit. We had light to medium wind conditions and sailed for the very first time in my career in a wrong heat. But shared this experience with Taty, who did the same fault. Since that day I will have a look on the heatboard twice, before I will start my run towards the starting line.
The time on Fuerte was great one. Met many friends, had some wavesailing sessions, too, sailed at Puerto Lajas – that´s a pure wavesailing and surfing spot, with my Slalom kit. I spent a lot of great hours with Kerstin. The Canaries are a great place to be during the summer months if you are in favour of high wind sailing.
Here is a gallery with some nice shots from this time. Thanks to Kerstin Reiger, Susanne Timm and John Carter for the fantastic shots. Also added some shots, which I took.
Next stop will be Alacati, Turkey. Will get on the plane tomorrow. There are several interesting things happening. It will start with the 5th PWA Slalom of the season, followed by a local Red Bull event. Will as well participate in the Starboard iSonic testing and drive around in the area to sail some new spots. The windforecast looks excellent. Have a look on the starting list at Alacati and follow the livestream from Monday on!
This morning I was walking down the beach and through the green forest of pines. It was my last relaxed morning walk here at Jinha. Still I have a lot of memories in my mind of an event, which was fun and challenging at the same moment. For the very first time I made it in all quarter finals at an event since I started Slalom racing back in July 2005. But this time it was not only a cool windsurfing experience. I also found enough time to follow the South Korean lifestyle and see some other places thanks to Mr. Han, the event organiser. And today I saw the Island of Myeoungseoudo covered in real fog! We really were lucky with the wind as the wind never reached suitable conditions since the event came to an end!
Overall it really paid off to come to Korea in 2012. We sailed 5 full eliminations in attractive conditions. But it was a last minute decision while the event in Italy. Due to the fact, that two events, Aruba and Marseille got cancelled. 4-5 more events will follow and hopefully some strong wind conditions. So far I only used the Reflex III in 7,8/8,6 and 9,2 and the iSonic 117 wide or the 107. It´s time for the 87 with 7,0 and smaller.
Overall I finished 27th here at Jinha and this result makes me happy.
My plan is to compete in Croatia on the island of Brac in the beginning of June and then straigt travel to Costa Brava.
While the last two weeks we saw a lot of great days here at my homespot on Lake Neusiedler. My plan was to catch most of the days and if it will be really light to jump on the XL Formula gear. But it was so much wind, that my most used set got the small iSONIC 86 plus 5,4 followed by 131 on the lighter days. When riding a strong period of southern winds – together with my training partner Pfaffi – he had a top speed of 66 km/h on his GPS. So the speed should be ok this season.
These days of testing brought also a clear result, which boardsizes I will register for the upcoming PWA season: iSONIC 86, 111 & 131.
Walter from Windkraftsport took some shots today, when sailing in 35 knots. Thanks for the real DUCK JIBE secret! Now I totally got it!!
I really hope that the conditions will stay as good as they are in the moment and it could become a monster season.