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..

Saturday, August 07, 2010

On the Road

On The Road,

After the PWA event I stayed for 2 weeks more in Pozo were I scored some proper conditions and enjoyed my self full power.. One off the main thing what I was trying to learn was the frontside wave 360, with the onshore condition I found this move pretty hard to make.
After three weeks there my body needed some easy flow easy go again.

Once back I found out I was one off the lucky once who still had some windsurfing in my arm’s, all the guys back in Holland were more than frustrated.

The weather here in Europe seems to do strains things, some guys who only sailed here in Holland can still count there Wave days on one hand.
There are a few different theories about that, one off them is that Iceland volcano is influence the system and the other one is that the northerly ice pole is warming up and pushing the weather system out off balance and afcours we still got the El nino one!! Let’s hope its just a one day fly thing!!!!!!

The DK Crip crew asked me to come along for a short trip DK where the forecast was promising..
Once there we cast some decent side side offshore conditions on Hanstholm and soon the smile where back..

As finish touch we cast on the end off the next day some decent onshore wave riding on Akker.
It looked like we where to late at the spot as everyone where deriging , but there was still some wind left and cast I guess one off the bigger waves of that day.

I try the Misral 90 twin for the first time in proper onshore waves and was stunt I kept so much speed through the bottum and top turns something different what I had before… Looking forward to my next session on it!!

During the days the good forecast changed and on die end we where lucky to at least score some surf on the last day..

Mean while back home in my home town the guys invented some for me new thing Tarp surfing check (http://klatser.com/archives/15070), maybe soon there will be something similar like that for wave windsurf if the weather stay’s like this..

Thanks to Red Hans,Hugo Boss, Franky

See you 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