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Monday, March 30, 2009

What U see is not always what U get!!!

What U see is not always what U get!!!

A Amazing week,

This started with a quit okay temperature windsurf session on Wijk Aan zee.

The wind would be wzw but once on the water I still could make proper jumps and okay wave ride’s.
Still sailing with the hand gloves, the temp was around 7/8 degrees.
High light of that day was a smooth backside 360* into a Taka..

Next day the forecast mend to be side onshore from the right.

What we get was side and later side side off shore pure perfect wave riding with full power sun shine.
It was a 1/5 to 2m good breaking wave with okay power. Here I was again sailing with my 4.7 Swell and my 84L twin fin. Each session I am loving this set more and more.
In CV I was also sailing on this set in the last part of the event, were I straight away sailed much better..

On Thursday I went later at the day to the beach, once there looking over the dune I saw pretty much a flat sea.
I went for a coffee and after that I looked again and it was a bit better. By the time I walked over the dune with my kid I saw suddenly okay waves with side side onshore conditions.

I sailed 3 hours and mannish to stick 10 backside 360* in the growing conditions.
We recieft on the end of the session 2m waves . I’m still strucking at the moment with the front side wave 360*. ‘That’s a hard one‘. Again there was some jumping ramps. I done my standard repertoire, later I also tried a double again, only this time the rotation didn’t went like I planned it. I had to rotate it more with my body than by the sail, so I crash pretty hard on my back . Later I thought about what went wrong and u can see it also in the photo’s what were shoot by www.trademarkphotography.nl the power point moved to the back hand. I think It was mistake by me and suddenly to much wind!!

On Friday I relaxed a bit as I chrasht harder than I thought. I could not really move my head, During the day that became a bit better.

During the day the conditions changed slowly from dead onshore to side onshore. I gamble in the morning on the end of the day. I was hoping the wind changed more side shore and perfect waves.
What I whished what I get.

Again I tuned my 4.7 Swell and 84L on. I had to walk to the Jetty as there was not enough power to sail upwind.
Once there I saw perfect 3m pretty hollow lines.
The wind was still a bit side side onshore but more than okay for riding the wave.
What I get was two big aerial’s what I land, but straight away get eat by the white water and some good turns..

See U out there,

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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