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Monday, August 20, 2007

Mentale Trip


POZO: The last time that I wrote something is already al while ago, this have his reason..
At that time I was preparing my self for the trails what I had that Saturday 3 days before the POZO PWA contest.

I was already 2 weeks now down there and i was feeling fit and ready..

The last two days before the trails there didn’t been much wind and as the forecast promise there was send that much wind on Saturday.

TRAILS: 12 o’clock we had a meeting in the big tent what is special made for the PWA contest.
Here we had a meeting where they told use against either opinion in that they want to push the trails because the television was there and they good end come on another day so we had to go out there with 1m waves and 5.0 gusty wind.. The last time that the locals sailed with this was in 1800 before C ..

Normally that would not be any problem. Only I made mine idea that would not need a bigger sail than 4.7 because there would also be slalom..
In the short period after the meeting we had to be there on the water..
I made the first round all pumping only during the second round the wind really dropped in normally situation they would stop it but they didn’t … This screwed me big time because I was standing there hip deep in the water and doing not else than checking how Nimo and the sharks where getting closer!!!

All this took me for a few days from planet earth, I was fully mad and down…

So now I had to focus fully on the slalom part… Mean while I still didn’t found any control there in the high wind conditions, so this didn’t gift that much confident yet..

SLALOM PWA POZO: ‘The moment off truth’ I was in the third heat off the first slalom elimination off PWA event at POZO..

The wind was not that strong 5.8 warp full power!!.. The start was perfect with a perfect board speed and by the time when I looked back and I was shocked, I was fucking leading with 8m before the hole group..
But then 15m before the first mark there went a small wave over the nose off my board and that was straight away die end. I went with full speed in a catapult… I ended op 10th..

The days where passing with toff conditions.. Some days there was no line in the water anymore, when the tide was going out and the wind out side was onshore and the mean coast wind was coming from port tack. In those kind off conditions you are really learning to sail and jibe. Mine fullingen where almost falling out so choppy was it.. Men where getting separate from the boys only there where now boys, it seems there where only a few oldies who where doing there job pretty good..

After 10 days off doing pure workout I said goodbye too the lovely rocky beach off Pozo.. The plane was already standing ready to bring us to Fuerte where the flat water was smiling to us as some told to me!!!

Feurteventura: With one day off travelling and one day off signing in and a bit off preparing I was already fully fit for this story!!!!!! NOT..

During the next day I was getting used to the choppy conditions off fuerte. Some moments I look even a bit back to Pozo where it seems les choppy with the ride tide!!!

During the contest I was doing pretty all ride, I had few perfect starts and one time I made it through to the losers final.. Also here I had troubles with the jibing part.. The most off the times I was one off the first by the first mark but then I lost mine places during the jibing…

On the last day in the last race off the event we made a full fleet race.. What a punishment was that. After 2 times making a restart because some where over early mine energy by the 3th i was almost gone as already was not that fit anymore, I had a bad start and already soon found it out that you better can make a over early then standing in the back off 50 sailers so I ended up in the back part…

This was it , feurte story was almost till the end.. On the last day it was packing time and by the end off the day where already by the airport to get the 24 board bags along the flight desk.

Home: With 4 off use this still sounded as mission impossible, Arnon took the talking part on him and after halve hour talking we had to show the guy that the bags where not that heavy.. We took the lightest bag and he went accord with it. After that we hold each bag as long as possible in or hands to pas the weight system without showing how heavy it was… We pulled off the biggest scam!!

The Flight was easy go easy flow only there was a small delay off one hour..
We where still stoked about the amazing deal.. We where confident that all off our gear was coming..
1 bag 2 bag by the 8th bag went through the door closed and did not opened any more.. That was that after we spoke with the flight desk ladie we found out that it would get a little bit longer..

The next day we pick up the rest off the gear and where pretty famous by the time we where leaving!!!

See you out there,
Greets Lampie

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Biografie Martin ten Hoeve

Biografie Martin ten Hoeve
Picture a sunny day in 1988, a seventies windsurfboard, a red old fashioned triangle sail and a little eastern breeze at the beach of Egmond aan Zee, the Netherlands...the ideal ingredients to learn windsurfing!

That’s how it all started for me. Every Summer me and my family spent our holidays at the beach where we have a little caravan. My friends and I started windsurfing and my passion was born! In those years my nickname was Flow: all the other windsurfers couldn’t surf with just a little breeze while I ‘ cause of my age and weight was flowing around the water like a mad man! At a certain moment I realized that I wanted to make more out of windsurfing than just a hobby. So when I turned 16 I bought a motorbike so I could go surfing whenever I wanted in Wijk aan Zee, a kick ass surfspot just 15 km away from home.

In the Winter 2000/2001 I made my first surftrip to South Africa, I stayed there for three months. Because of the fantastic weather conditions; steady wind all the time my surfskills grew very much. Nowadays I make this trip every year, I work as a furniture specialist to finance the trips.

In the Summer of 2003 my first sponsor deal came along with Van Someren Consultancy, an enterprise that’s specialized in groundwater research.
In the same year I started to enter big surfing competitions, my first victory was in 2004: I won the Naish Wave Challenge that was held in my favourite homespot with my dearest friends and family to support me. I was one of the only amateurs that entered the competition, so it was quite an achievement.

During Wintertime I went to South Africa again to improve my skills and to get ready for the competition season in Summer of 2005.
My first Worldcup competition was in May in Pozo (Gran Canaria) in Spain. Because of my good results I was about to get a wildcard to enter the main event. When I finally got to Pozo after a tiring trip the organisation told me that the only way to get a wildcard was by winning the pre rounds. So I entered the pre rounds and I won! I entered the main event and was very impressed by the level the surfers had. Also I was amazed by the fact that I could surf along with those professionals without being a lot less than them.

2006 was a exciting year where I came 25de during the PWA event in Pozo Gran Ganaria. Later that year I became vice champion by beating Peter Volwater in the final off the Dutch Champion ships, due to my overall impression and strong jumping skills that charmed the jury at that time.

In 2007 new sponsor deals came up and I signed a contract by Fanatic and North Sails.
I worked hard to improve my skills but most important I wanted to learn to be a good overall sailor. I got the change to enter the slalom discipline at world cup events.
I performed pretty well and I did like it, although I never felt like this was my cup of tea.

I decided to put full attention and focus on the Wave that made my heart beat faster. I wanted to improve my surfing skills, prepare mentally and put more effort into training.

In 2009 everything came together and fell in the right place. I was invited to the PWA competition in Cape Verde in Western Africa to surf with the world top 32 wave sailors.
Later that year I beat Jason Polakow in a heat on the famous windsurf Island Sylt in Germany. I felt super strong and I achieved the 17th Place.

2010 Really started off well by signing a sponsor deal with Mistral boards and Aeron booms. Together with the sponsors that I could rely on for many years I feel very confident to perform well in competitions and find the well known flow again.

Face your fears life your dreams.

The Lamp