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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..

Monday, January 12, 2009

Hadshikidee,

Hadshikidee,

First session in the New year and since a few weeks.
For today the first thing was, is it possible to go for a sail!?
As Yesterday some guy’s done the Dutch championships windsurf Ice skating in - 4 degrees I was not to sure if it would be possible to do . On the other hand I had already this year 2 surfing session’s in minus condition’s and that was more than okay..

After first
in the morning done some work as a carpenter outside in 2 degrees weather, I hit the road at 2 o’clock to Wijk Aan Zee.
Once there I found out I was not the only crazy one..
I tuned my 5.0 Swell up and put for the first time the twin fin’s in my brand new NewTwinser 84L.

There we went

In the begin the swell was still breaking between the beach break and second break.
The wave were okay but not really special. The temperature was okay as I was fully dressed in winter tune.In the first round I straight away felt the more upwind ability and on the wave it felt more alive/loose , so the first feeling’s were straight good..

As the high tide came in the we changed from secret to jetty.
There the waves tuned slowly from low to a slow okay wave.
A good friend of my brought his Camera along in his bag, so we could make pic’s of those cold conditions.
We sailed there with a group for a while, but slowly the cold took all energy out of the other guys and soon we were just with two off us. Also my friend had to stop and went away with the camera.In those minutes/quarters the waves pick up and picket up.

So there I was me my self and me, ripping my bud off.. For three quarters the waves fully lined up against the jetty in to 2,5 powerfull waves. Well who beliefs me, no camera no friends just me and the waves . Nice
I ript my last wave all the way back to the secret and there I switch the light out.
For now I’m already pretty stoked about the Twinser and looking forward to the next time.
Short feedback for now is: early plane, good upwind, loose on the wave, can turn really short if needed, short turning in top turn with a fast release after top turn and good acceleration on the wave.

Soon more feedback.

Many Thanks to O’Neill Wetsuit's who made it possible to sail for 2,5 hours in 4/5 degrees. Thanks

Stay tuned and see you on the flip side.

The Lamp

1 comment:

Rudie said...

Respect! Het IJssurfen in lekkere warme kleren was eergisteren her en der al frisjes te noemen!!

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