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..

Friday, June 20, 2008

10-0 behind and still a good feeling,

Time was not there after the AC-1 sails arrived in italie a few days before the PWA Costa Brava competition.
I made my decision to go straight to Costa instead of going along Garda lake and hoping that Patrick who will bring the sails with him would arrive earlier.

My flight was oke after I had some hassle with checking in my and Peter Volwater bags..
Once there at the camping I found out that Patrick still was not there..
I borrowed on the end of the day Kurosh AC-1 9.0 sail after he stopped sailing.
This was my first feeling with the sails and it felt good in the minimal conditions..
The next day no wind and no Patrick, where was Patrick!!!

The morning of the signing in and first competition day.. Patrick arrived oehff..
I straight went for a sticker session and after tuning the sails with Kurosh who been with andrea testing them, the day was already spent, I was lucky there was no wind..

The morning of the second day was cloudy, so no wind till the moment when the sun smoked the clouds away.
Wind straight kick in.. in the mane time the gear was already on the beach.. I sailed a few round for my self and than I had to go to my first heat…

After 4 months didn’t been standing on my race gear because of no sails it al felt pretty good.
Start was good and was 4 at the mark, jibe inside of the rest and past with this 2 more guys, but than a wave went over my nose what I couldn’t handle because I just turned my sail.. There I was in the water, sail was straight full of water, I was fucked…

Second race I done the same thing jibe inside and became second at the second mark I made a mistake by not looking around me and didn’t close the door for other riders, I went into my jibe what was close to the mark but than some francy wanted to make a impossible jibe between me and the mark, I turned my board again to not get into a crash and ended up making a wide jibe. I lost straight 3 place’s because of this.. At the third mark I went wide around the mark because it was happy hours close to the mark, that was good but than some wanker good not handle his jibe and went wide straight into me, I turned my board to not get into a crash but that also ended up my speed.. This round I ended up fifth..

Round three I was close to fourth position but again just mist my ticket to the next round…..
That was straight also the end of the day..

The next days the wind wanked around, because of a low pressure… It was raining allot in the days after and that was pretty fucked up as we stayed in our bungalow what was mend for 4 person’s, I was almost like a chess game..

The day of leaving the place..
At the check in desk of the airport I had the bitch of al bitch‘s.. I had to bags with me and still had to pay for the second one. Buth than the hassle started, se wanted to weight the gear, I said that is impossible because of the wide.. But what I did,t know se was welll experienced and took 2 trash cans and putted on the weigh machine..
I was fucked. For sure I know that I had to much weight but this !!! I ended up repacking everything into 7 bags were I didn’t had the bags to cover.. I ripped out of my triple board bag the flaps between easy board and putted around one board what I had to take out for the weight.. 220 euro’s out of my pocked.. Auu that one hurt..

I want to thank Carolina[ RSX] who travelled along with me, who helped me repacking everything. Thanks….

After al this I’m still kind of stoked, because the sails felt really convertible/ stabile during the one day session.

Stoked to be on POINT-7

See you out there,
Ciao Martin

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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