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Monday, May 24, 2010

The beauty off Ireland

Inch beach

I'm just back from a trip to Ireland, were i competed in the BWA in Brandonbay.

A Four event championship in Rhosneiger, Brandon bay, Tiree and Cornwall.
The level is amazing high and the amateur’s are more than stoked to competed in there own championships.

Jordy van der Panne , Mister Ciske came along with me to join the small trip to Ireland.

After a pretty sketchy trip to Frankfurt Hahn airport, as it was not sure if we would fly, because of the as cloud of Iceland.
We were one off the lucky once and made it to Kerry airport in Ireland included gear,
Where was a 4x4 Van waiting off a friend and sponsor of my www.bodemenwater.nl Marc.

We straight away drove to the beach where we were just on time for the first elimination setup.
Nice waves rolled in, but on die end the wind didn’t came through. We catch a beautiful smal surf and were stoked we made it.

The forecast was promising for the next day’s

The day to be, the skipper meeting was at 6.30 in the morning at the beach.
The waves were not to high but as I already saw in the low wind off the day before the level is really high.
Most off them are pretty tiny, what for me is knee high is for them head “high” …

Ben Profit and Graham were promising good things for the comp..

I prepared a my gear but stayed as long as possible off the water for my finger what was still recovering off a pretty bad infection..

The moment off truth:

15 min before my heat against Timo Mullen, team mate Adam and Murray, I went in for a feel, on that moment it felt pretty light and was unconvertible, but asson my heat started the wind picked up a bit and the waves became 1m.
II try to sail as vertical as possible and after 2 okay waves went for some more radical tricks, to try to make a different in the smaller waves, on die end those almost aerial taka where not enough.. Seems that the more speedy turns off Timo and Murray was better choose..

It was nice to see the female’s out there on the water, they were ripping it, also the amateurs and Masters were fighting hard for the gold. Winner off the First elimination Pro’s was Ben Profit..

Wednesday look like it would not happen, but in the afternoon we all were pretty surprised of the strong wind what came though.

Once on the beach I found out I moved to the second round as I had the best point’s off the first round of the first elimination.
I rig up 3 sails again but stayed on the beach as my finger was not get any better but even worse. I was again on the anti biotic pills ..

Wind was pretty up and down, so I took my 5.3 in my heat.. I guy was sailing well and in the begin he was leading, but I found my riddem back and even mannish to make a taka after a long ride on the wave in the last minute off the heat.

Next heat was against local hero Rob Jones Mister (Otto off the simpsons).
In the upwind ride off the heat before my harness line broke and in the 3 minutes transition I had no time t change that, wind picked up so on that moment I look liked 5.0 was the sail to be, only during the heat the wind became lesss and less.. After trying to make the best off it, Otto was doing really well and passed to the next round.. During the 5 position heat the wind really died and didn’t came back anymore. On die end I became 7th..

Next days we cached some excellent surf on Inch and inch reef and enjoyed the beauty of Ireland nature..
More info off the UK Tour on http: www.britishwavesailingassociation.com or www.boardseeker.com there you also find video’s off during the event..

Best airlines are Ryanair or Airlingus but prepared to pay extra for your gear.

Accommodation Gerry’s House: manzor@iol.ie with the best view oceaan

Sail repair go to Robe Jones Brandon bay: EMAIL rob@rikswindsurfing.com

See u out there,

The Lamp

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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