Canary Islands 2014
Spending time on the Canaries means always fun. It’s always warm there, you always meet a lot of friends and great windsurfing action is guaranteed. We travelled to Gran Canaria first, where we spent a great week at the Gran Canaria Wind and Waves festival 2014. The wind was fine, the waves ok. We saw an exciting wave event at Pozo and spent a great time at Meloneras, where we stayed at the Â H10 Playa Meloneras PalaceÂ hotel this time. It was a real palace in the low wind zone, next to the beach.
We travelled from Gran Canaria to Fuerteventura, where we spent Â awesome 18 days at Sotavento. I participated in the PWA Slalom. Was happy to get a place on the entry list. I had no result from Turkmenistan as I did not travel there.
At the event I had good starts and probably my best speed ever on the first reach. But somehow I was not able to take advantage of the good positions at the first mark. I only brought three sails (5.6 /6.2/7.0) and two boards Â (iSonic 87 and 107) to Sotavento, but covered all conditions perfectly. Never used the 5.6m in competition. The wind never got stronger than 35 knots, but had a perfect set with iSonic 87 and 6,2 for the stronger days and iSonic 107 with 7,0 has such a wide range in medium wind conditions.
Finished the event in 52nd only. Was absolutely not happy with my result at my favourite windsurfing spot on tour, but felt that I missed some training definitely.
We saw a great freestyle competition with an impressive comeback of 5times freestyle world champion Gollito Estredo and a Sarah-Quita Offringa, who was on fire landing Konos, Toads or Culos.
The wind conditions got better and better , when the competitions were over.We decided not to leave Fuerteventura. Instead of travelling to Tenerife, that was our plan, we had a lot of great windsurfing days on the water. We really didn’t want to leave the island, but on August 9th it was time to say good by. See you soon, Fuerteventura..
Next highlight is the IFCA European Slalom Championship at Bol, Brac, Croatia August 26th – 31st 2014.