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..

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Pic by PWA/ JC


For me this month been full off high light,

Thijs van De Meer gave me a while ago a book with the titel Flow, psychology of optimal experience.

By this book I learned appreciate more the small things, with that you appreciate the bigger things/ high lights even more.
On die end the biggest high lights are for me still connected to windsurf or surf .

Like when I made my first Backside 360 straight into top turn into a carve bottum to top turn into a nice aerial or making after 25 attempts my best wave 360 in Hanstholm. Or like last Monday making my first taka over starboard tack, or yesterday , what tuned into my best seeing/ ridded wave ever in Holland. This session came in total luck.

In competition way I reached in Sylt one off my best high lights, by beating Mister Jason Polakow who was my own Hero in my younger age. Making my first Okay double forward in a direct heat against Campello.

But one off the best was last week at Makkum’s Festival, here someone introduce me to a kid who didn’t recognised me straight away, but as the name came into his ear’s his face expression changed into a big smile.
I found that Hart warming.. Thanks for that..

Of course I also made some new High Lights by promotion stuff.

-Nice Snap Shot in the Dutch Surfmagazine off a Tweaked Push

-Getting publicity by the local Sylt paper of camping in a Van trough the Sylt competition

-More publicity by surfing into the daily news update event paper off Sylt..

-Beautiful Photo off a Foward in the Dutch Motion


- Of Course the best for last..


Many Thanks to Mister "delete" AXEL and Torben for making the pica's..

See You out there,

The Lamp

Last Friday session, WAVE 360

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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