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Monday, October 14, 2013

Road trip and the BigDays contest..

After the windless PWA Sylt competition I got invited to visit Mick Kleingarn’s home in Gromitz.

What ment only for a few days became a wait till the next weekend because the forecast for the Baltic Sea started to look good. 

North east wind popped up the weathermaps what normally only happens in the beginning of the season.

Through the week I worked a bit for Mick and enjoyed some boat stuff.

On Friday we did a spot check at Dahme where the waves still had to build up so we made the call to drive straight to Rügen to the spot Mukran where the contest would happen the next day.

Once there we got slighly disapointed as the condition were quit onshore and mellow, what didn’t promise much for the next day! After a wait of a few hours the wind increased and we went for a wet head sess and the waves popped up to 1/5m.

The next day the skippers meeting was at 7.30 and I saw it would be a hard day for me as the waves where not bigger than 1m and almost dead onshore condition’s.

5.2 Salt and the 104quad was the set of the day, wind was quite gusty so I could not go with bigger sail because that would be deadly in the strong wind moments.

Managed to sqeeze myself through the heats but the in the quarter final the wind became really low in the lows and could not show the truth quality and finnish on a 5th place..

Its a pity they pushed that heat’s because there was enough time to wait for a bit as the forecast promised and showed stronger wind and waves  later the day, what I enjoy together with many local riders.

More about the event on:http://www.continentseven.com/2013/10/14/supremesurf-big-days-2013-slide-show/  or http://windsurfers.de/special/supremesurf-big-days-die-besten-bilder_a-3947.html


Congrats to Klaas, Kenneth and leon for there top three result.


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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