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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

What are my borders!!!!!

What are my borders?, well I really don’t know it anymore…
This week I pushed my limits each day to lowest temperature line, I’ll ever imaged.

Thursday I had a hard time to get into the water because of onshore NW wind and 10 0C. Not so much motivation, because of the temperature
I came stoked from the water as I still could do what I learned in Morocco and South of Feurte.

On Friday there came a huge storm over were the temp dropped to 5 0C. The wind picked up in the morning to 12 Beaufort at some moments. When I went on the water, later that day, the wind was less, but still 8/9 Beaufort.
4.2m2 full overpowered. Some moments I managed to make some okay turns... Far outside of the jetty the waves were really huge; broken waves which were still 6m high.

Saturday the wind dropped to a nice 4.7m2 sail size with some decent sized waves of 3-4 meters.
The wind direction was between on- sideshore and even sometimes side offshore. Wow

In those moment’s when the wind was side/off, It was really beautiful. But also the temperature dropped straight to 5 0C or sometimes 3/4 0C. Brrrrr...Well…to be honest… not really!!!: I have received my new Freak O’Neill wetsuit and together with my hand gloves it was even pretty warm.

On Sunday I really pushed my limits.
With still NW groundswell and the side offshore wind from the South it was really insane.
I rigged up my 5.3m2 Swell in combination with my sweet Newwave 91.
At the time we were on the beach the wind changed to a strong 6/7 Beaufort. There we went, just the two of us, fully overpowered. Once we were at the jetty the waves lined up to some full hollow waves off decent size.

After an hour of sailing we went for a small stop as the wind was not really dropping but even was getting stronger. By the time we came back the wind was gone and it was snowing.
With a nice walk back from the jetty to the car in the snow trough the dunes, I was more than stoked.
Stimorol Man

Many Thanks for the Pictures from JEPE, Axel and Hugo.. Thanks guy's

See you out there,

The Lamp



1 comment:

Rudie said...

Pfff... juist! Zaterdagochtend was MEGAkooooouud! En toen ik m'n 4,7 opgetuigd had was de wind compleet verdwenen! Maar kwam later terug in een aantal flinke buien. Maar geen 8/9 bft in het noorden hoor...

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