It's been almost 2 month's since I wrote for the last time on this blog. It isn't because there wasn't enough action to tell about as there has been plenty going on but more the fact of time and lack of good internet but I'll be catching up with my 3 reports to let you know about all my winter training in a countdown to the first PWA event in Podersdorf in less than 3 weeks with a weekly update from of this sunday.
The first one I'm going to put online is my update from Australia Part 2
After the last update I did, I left for a week of wavesailing. And what a week of sailing it was with a lot of k’s, first I drove up to margs to get a good day of sailing in. It was light winds but still more than good enough for 4.7 and a 70 liter wave board, the waves where average for margs with waves from around 2,5m (which is the same as a good to big day in Netherlands) and it was pretty crowded but I had an amazing day and was so glad to get in some nice clean waves! After that it looked like it was going to be good up north with nice swell and good wind. So urly wake up, getting everything packed and up to Gnaraloo a trip from about 1550k one way and all in one day! I was pretty tiered by the time I got there but all of the short sleep and the long drive was gone once I saw the waves and the wind.
picture by Carsten Puth (lancelin)
4 proper days of wavesailing was what followed next and a death body was garanteed by the end of the week. I think that was the most hard week of the whole trip, having my license only since janaurie and already be driving about 3000k in one week with 5 days of sailing full on in the waves I was just naked! I was pretty much death by the time I arrived in perth the next week. I was actaully a bit happy it wasn’t going to be windy the first few days although I knew my trip was coming till an end..
Backloop at coronation on the NUG
After 2 days in Perth I knew enough to make the decision to rebook my flight home to one week later and get some more time in the australian summer, everything arrenged for staying a week longer it was time to have a look at Lancelin, with no wind around it was kind of nice to do a bit of a touristique weekend just enjoying sunsets and the wonderfull nature of WA. I also scored some normal surfing that weekend to keep the hairs wet and get the body moving but most of all I loved the sunset me and a friend had on the big sand dunnes of Lancelin, just amazing! To top it af I still got a little session in just before I left up to geraldton again with unussual Northern winds in the morning.
picture by Carsten Puth (lancelin)
With a good 2 days forcast and no wind for the rest of my last week anymore it was time to head up to Geraldton again for an amazing 2 days of sailing in finally some winds which where stronger than 25 knts!! The first day it was still flat and it was all perfect for freestyle with already wind around 10 in the morning it was a day with a lot of sailing!! 4.7 in the morning nicely powered up and than 4.3 weather in the afternoon altough a 4.0 might had been a better choice as I was pretty much fully max out on my 4.3. In the evening you could see the first peaces of swell coming in for the next day so everybody was excited to go for some good jumping the next day as a good swell preduction was given.
picture by Carsten Puth (geraldton)
In the end its always the best when you’re last day of sailing on you’re trip is one of the best, swell came in nice wind from around 25 knots and heaps of good ramps to get some good airtime on! Beeing still a bit tiered from the 6 hours sail the day before I still tried to sail as much as possible but had to give up before the last sunset session as I just couldn’t move my arms up anymore! Those 2 days made the rebooking of my flight to one week later totally worth it as there wasn’t any wind anymore after that. In the end it might have been a good thing that there wasn’t to much wind anymore as I had to get the car sold again before heading home. As I got the car sold it was clear the trip came to an end and it was time to go home for a little bit..
shaka on the NUG at coronation
Thanks for all the people over in oz to make this trip again an other succes and see you next year!
picture by Carsten Puth