In this blog you will find updates about where I am and what I'm doing. Also you will find in this blog everything about me and my windsurf career..

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Five country’s one ticket,

It seems (and did) at the time 4 weeks ago Holland was getting a big high pressure, so I went checking other country’s for any surf or competition..
Ireland , France, Feurte and Marocco what would be for train and in Gran Canaria would be a competition of the second reef contest. As the forecast was really bad for GC and the rest were not that promising, I choose for Morocco, what been standing since I been young on my wanted to go list and would also be really good to update for my starboard tack..

I called Boujmaa up and asked him if I could come. He said yes only he was self in France for a photo shoot with flat conditions.
I found out that Ryanair is flighing on Marrakech and straight away booked my flight.

Next evening I landed on Marrakech with 70 kilo triple board bag and as soon the door went open I saw my name standing on a pies of paper. The taxi straight away asked me if I was a basketball player…Argg.

I was glad Boujmaa arranged the taxi because that would be a big hassle.

We left the city soon behind use after a hectic steal of driving of the cabdriver.

One of the good things of the Moroccans are that when they are transporting something they try to bring as much as possible with them, serious allot (Like double size off the truck ).

After a relaxed 2/5 hours later I arrived in the village Moulay Bouzerktoun, were friends of Boujmaa where waiting on me in the Restaurant.
The first night I stayed at Fettah’s place who is the coach and best friend of Boujmaa.
The rest of my time I stay in Boujmaa’s kingdom house where Youssef and Hamsa also where staying.

The next morning I was invited for a downwind because the swell would be bigger at the beach break and it was. I rigged my new Swell 5.0 sail up 2/3 hours later we arrived in Moulay again. I was stoked. The wind was from under till over powered and the sail worked perfect as I tuned to each condition.
Really easy stabile power in the middle of the sail.. I’m stoked..

View Days Later when the swell was bigger but not so much groundswell in it, I went upwind, because there I expected a stronger break, because of the shallow beach break.
Once there I was ride. The first wave what I took was straight away the biggest wave of the day..
I lined up and went for a aerial , problem was that the swell was breaking to me, that makes it very hard to land a aerial in front of the wave.. There I was flighing through the sky…with all mine energy throwing to in front of the wave was not enough.. I landed after second’s in the sky in the white water, I straight away make my pray for my mast as I went straight with my mast to the front.. After twisting around under need the water still in my footstraps nothing happen. Oehfffff that was my only mast here so oehffff…

Later in the week we received some nice swell and I felt slowly in love at the place.
The Guys were really kind to me and I kind off felt at home by them..

The place is slowly changing to a nice place to come by plane for a short or long trip as you got restaurant,hotels and surf centers.

Boujmaa has started together with Fettah and Youssef ,Bouj wind surfing adventure center .
You will find windsurf/ Kite materials for rental, road trips and when you needed it lesson’s from the best instructors…

After 2 weeks of good sailing Boujmaa found finally some space to come over..
After 2 days off flat land the third day brought some wave.
Boujmaa was hipper as nothing else and stall the show big time and showed who is still the king here…

The trip was on his end, with 2/5 week of sailing in my pocket I took together with Bouj a taxi back on the 20 second. We took a short cut with a really nice view over a valley and enjoyed the skills of the cap driver who maybe will be one day the new Schumacher..

Once there at the airport I found out what I been missing the last 3 weeks, chicks chicks and chicks really the place was full of chicks..

Ohh yeh sorry guys for now action pic but i didn't had a camera and the people there also didn't had. The only thing what i can say is the place rockt..

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