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, May 09, 2011

Back in Ireland,

My flight was to easy with 2 packets off total 38 kilo's and have to say life is so much more easy like that.

Mikey and i drove on Friday from the east to the west and check out a special spot for southern wind. That choose looked like the wrong one but as time brought the evening decision came on the ride place. With my Swell 5.3 and my twin we floated out and got stunned about the perfection of the clean waves and enjoyed or self with one more surfer till darkness.

As Katy the Irish Doctor/ windsurfer arrange a house, so we drove that night back to Brandon bay and stayed there the next day too.

Saturday mid day we drove back as the forecast was promising even more wind for that spot and look forward to more perfect waves.

Once arrived there the tide still needed to kick in and we took it easy while drink a warm coffee tasted more the well after the drive.

We slowly starting to rig and was glad i brought my smaller sail Swell 4.1.
As i rigged it and turned away to grape my board but turned my head back as i heard something and got proper smacked by the end of the boom ( mike Tyson would be nothing by it)) Felt straight away that my nose was proper broken and was bleeding like hell. Instinct said i had to push the nose back and did that and the bleeding became less after that. Lucky Doctor Katy was with us and gave me some inflamation pils and a local guy gave me ice and invite me in his house. I could forgot about the windsurf sess so step in the car and started to film Mikey to make my self useful. Today i was more than surprised my nose was not to swollen and not to painful.

Went in the evening out for a spin as the Pro fleat of the comp was Canceled.

Tomorrow more wind.

See u out there.

Tha 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