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Saturday, September 22, 2007

PWA at Sylt...

Road trip SYLT,

On Thursday morning I step in mine car up too Sylt where there will be another PWA event..
I received only for Slalom a card and hoping too arrange a wave card down there.
The event will start on Saturday but too arrange a card for the wave and the rest it is better too come earlier too step relaxed in the competition..

After a 8 hours drive I arrived Sylt at 7 o clock in the evening… I straight away made mine spot in the tent otherwise you will be too late..
During the next morning I checked if there was a place and had too receive don’t now answer…
At 12 till 2 o clock we had ore sign in .. There we heard that the change that they would like too push wave straight that day at 4 because the forecast was promising..
At 3.30 I finally received a yes and in 30 minute I had too rig and sticker the sails..

I was in the second heat against the one and only Mister P volwater..
I started the heat with a 5.9 duke and a 92 L all wave with side shore conditions 1/5m waves with wind from the left..
Allong the spot is famous about I straight away found out.. I cast a wave where I made a backside ariael tweakted and after that went front side and putted mine board on the foam part along a cutback.. I only didn’t had enough power in mine sail to come down again and went head first down and broke mine mast….
Straight too the beach where I changed mine sail for a 5.4 duke… When I fixed that I took a few second break too come relaxed again.. I went out and made on the second break a one handed one footed backloop.
Turned and on the inside I made a frontside ride.. Went out and picked up a wave and made a backside ariael in the pocket and straight after a backside turn.. With a front loop going out the time past and came too the beach where I was quit happy about the session..

After while standing at the office I received a answer that I past Peter along 2 against 1 for me.. Man I was stoked…

After that the wind went slowly down during the evening and till now it didn’t came back and we are standing on standby..

For the big picture off the backside go too http://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=1029&backPid=29&cHash=07c8eaf74a

See you out there,

The Lamp

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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