Lately there I have been spending a lot of time at the gym as there hasn't been much wind and cold. In the end of my Cape Town trip I injured my knee a bit and I have been working on building up my leg strenght together with the physiotherapist Jasmine at the gym Fysio Sport in my hometown. She is drilling me hard and I noticed I have got a lot stonger, gain more balance and explosiveness. Even though it's rehab training I really enjoy it and now I know that I were training wrong before.. Soon I am ready to hit the water again and it looks like there will be some wind tomorrow. It would be nice to get some time on the water before I leave to Maui and the Simme Style photoshoot!
Today I was filming in the gym for next episode in my podcast series. Thanks a lot to my boo Emma who came along to the gym shooting!
Interviewed by PWA world tour
When I released my second episode in my podcast series PWA hooked up with me for an interview about my winter training in South Africa. I'm stoked about how it came out and you guys can read it here
THE SOUTH AFRICAN DREAM
Markus Rydberg (Simmer) has just returned from his maiden voyage to Cape Town, having spent a month in one of the most popular training locations for the pros during the off season. The Swede has now set his sights on the PWA Wave World Tour for next year and is extremely motivated to eventually break into the world’s top ten. Rydberg made his debut in 2012 during the KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup and is continuing to go from strength-to-strength with his sailing - on both port and starboard tack. After his first trip to Cape Town we caught up with him to see how his training went. Read the interview below:
PWA: Where did you spend your winter training?
MR: “I spent January in Cape Town, South Africa.”
PWA: What made you choose Cape Town this time?
MR: “I have always wanted to go there because it seemed to be pretty consistent port tack training there, which is exactly what I was looking for as I mostly sail starboard at home.”
PWA: Was it your first time in Cape Town?
MR: “Yes, I don't know why I haven't gone before though…”
PWA: What was your impression of the place? The sailing and the general atmosphere of the place?
MR: “It is definitely a really cool place! The season was a bit unusual apparently, with lighter winds than normal. But I still had a lot of fun on the water! It is a really good place to practice for sure! Besides the windsurfing I really liked Cape Town. There is always something to do when it's not windy, either surf, hiking, big city life etc.”
PWA: What were your goals in CT? and how did they go?
MR: “Jumping wise my goals were to stick the one handed back loop and tweaked push on port tack. I got pretty much 100% on the one handed in the end and was really close to land the tweaked push so I'll sort them out soon. For the riding frontside 360 was my goal. I trained hard, got the rotation down but kept on sliding out the back so I will keep focusing hard on those to land them consistently. Other than that I also got more power and height in my other moves.”
PWA: Favourite spot you sailed in CT?
MR: “I just had two sessions in Big Bay but did really like the spot. I also had a sick starboard day at Misty Cliffs so think those two are my favorite ones.”
PWA: Memorable moments from the trip? Both windsurfing and non-windsurfing…
MR: “That's definitely when I saw a great white take a penguin about 50 meters away while sailing. Did a pretty shaky jibe after that, haha… I also met a lot of new people and made some really good friends.”
PWA: Do you think you will return?
PWA: You also recently changed to Simmer…how are you finding the new equipment?
MR: “Yes, I'm super happy that Simmer wanted to sign me up as one of their international team riders. It feels really good to represent the brand and the crew behind it is super supportive. The equipment is great! It suits my style of windsurfing perfectly and I'm sure it will help me to reach the next level!”
MR: “Black Tip 4.2 and 85 ltr Quantum.”
PWA: What are your goals for the next year and the future?
MR: “My goal for this year is to do the PWA tour and hopefully break in through the trials and put myself in the main fleet. It is super tough at the moment with a lot of good guys trying to get a spot in the trials but I'm super motivated and will sail as hard as I can! I also want to push my podcast project, where I'll make pretty much monthly episodes about my training, trips, competitions and my life as a windsurfer in general. My long term goal is to break in to the top ten on the overall PWA ranking and help windsurfing to grow as a sport as much as I possibly can!”
PWA: Next training location?
MR: “I'm off to Maui at the end of March to do the Simmer Style photo shoot and get some starboard tack sweetness.”
PWA: All sounds great, thanks Markus and good luck over the coming months.
Cape Town #6 - sum up / Pod #2
I have been home in Sweden for about a week now. I really liked South Africa and the sailing there, even though we didn't score the best season. I only sailed on my 4,2 four times during January, which is a bit unusual from what I understand. Anyway, I feel that I have improved my port tack sailing during this trip. I'm really happy about this am super motivated to go and sail more port tack and push harder!
Besides the sailing I really enjoyed Cape Town. The contrast between the beach vs big city life was super cool. I don't think there is many places in the world you get both of these worlds that close to each other. There is also a lot of awesome nature and you never get bored becuase there is always something to do if there is no wind. I will definitely go back!
Here comes the second episode in my podcast series. Even though the camera wasn't on the beach during the best sessions I'm still happy with what we got on camera. I had a lot of fun doing this one and l hope you like it!
Pod #2 Cape Town from MacG Productions on Vimeo.
Cape Town #5
Lately it has been a bit up and down with the conditions here in Cape Town. There was a few days with 4,2 but really small waves and then a few light wind days with decent waves. But it looks like the conditions will kick in this weekend, fingers crossed!
Starting to really stick my one handed backloops now, this is a really low one though.
My time here in South Africa is close to an end. Will sum it up in another post together with the podcast I'm making from this trip. I really like my new project with the video podcasts and this is something I really want to push!
Well, lets hope I get some sailing this weekend before I head home to the cold.
Cape Town #4 - Sunset
This week has been pretty good. Not really that strong wind I hoped for but a lot of 4,7 weather and nice waves. I have been sailing in Melkboss, Witsands and Sunset. The best day lately must have been yester day in Sunset beach. Offshore and clean waves that were holding up nicely! Usually in Sunset it's pretty much just one good section before it closes out, but not this evening. I sailed for a few hours and had really fun! I'm really getting into the portack riding now. My timing, speed and power has got a lot better and am really close to landing the goiters and 360's now. Hopefully I'll stick em soon!
There has been a lot of shark spotting lately as well. I have seen a great white taking a bird for a snack, and every third session, pretty much, there is someone that have seen a shark...
Now there has not been windy for a few days, but this weekend it looks like it will come back strong. And next week looks really good. Hope there is enough for some jumping in Witsands since I really want to practice my portack jumping!
Keep you posted,
Cape Town #3, Exploring
After that sick day down in Witsands we had a couple of days with sailing back at Sunset and Melkboss. The wind were pretty light and it was mostly riding. It is really nice to get in to the grove in proper portack riding since I haven't done it for a while. Now I'm starting to really be able to read the wave to make airs and good hits etc. Now I'm looking forward to get some juming days soon, really want to practice that as well!
Getting in to the portack groove.
After that the wind disapeard for a while and the house crew went to do some turist stuff. We went up Lions head wich was awesome even though we didn't catch the best sunset ever. The day after we went for a tour around the Cape Town area. First we went to the city to walk around stores etc, then off to Chapmans peak which offerd a beutiful scenery. After that we went to Simons town to check out the Penguins who's living on the beach there.
Driving on the left side, sketchy...
Now it looks like the wind will come back, really keen to get some windsurfing now!
Keep you posted,
Cape Town #2, unexpected session
Yesterday was a pretty damn good day!
The day before we had been waiting for wind in Witsands for ages without any result. So when the forcast pretty much looked the same we weren't to keen to do the drive down for possibly another day of waiting. But we got some texts that said it was good so we decided to give it a try.
When we did arrive it didn't actually look that good. Light wind, pretty small waves and super crowded on the water. We checked it out for a bit and almost went out, but then Friis said that we could drive down to check if Scarborough looked better. On the way down we past a spot and it was firing! Plus mast high set were coming through and it looked really windy. We pulled over and there were a few others also considering going out there. Well it looked to good to miss so we took our gear and went out.
nice sets came through
Out on the water I had so much fun.
First I sailed the downwind break where the waves was a bit bigger but more choppy. Then I went upwind and it was a bit more offshore and the waves were cleaner and more hollow.
I sailed for three hours and could pick any wave I wanted as there were so few people out. I was stacked on my 4,2 Blacktip and 85 ltr Quantum, but were in full control all the time and when I crashed I wasn't worry about breaking my kit at all. So good and reliable gear!
This was definitely a day to remember as it was so unexpected! Everybody out there seemed to have fun an were charging. Bith thanks goes to Mads Bang for the photos!
Stay tuned for more,
Cape Town #1
I have been down here in Cape Town for almost a week now. The conditions has not been super good but I manage to get some sailing in. There were especially one day in Big Bay that was really good. Full on 4,2 and logo to mast high waves. I didn't sail that good as I was a bit confused with the new spot and how to sail it. But were close on some 360's and goiters, and together with some backloops I guess it was a ok first session. The other ones were with 5,0 and small waves. Went to sail Melkboss one of those and I actually had really fun riding the small waves and made the best out of it.
Today the forcast said north-east winds and decent waves, so we drove down to Witsands to get some sailing. When we came down it wasn't really happening so we waited around for a bit. The conditions didn't kick in so we went surfing in Muizenburg after almost 3 hours of waiting. Over there it was fun with clean waves and then I had a nice falafel to finish it off!
Goiter in Melkboss
Other then chasing wind and waves I have been working out a lot as well. Matt who's staying in our house is a educated personal trainer so he drills me pretty good. I really like working out and it feels great being in shape to be able to sail harder and longer when the wind is on!
The Simmer Style car ready to go after wind and waves!
The forcast looks good for the end of the week so hopefully I can get some good sessions done!
Keep you posted/
Since my last post the blog has been a bit left out of some reason. Well, now I'm back on track..
The Swedish winter did kick in for a short while a month ago, but then it got pretty warm again and the wind started to come back. December has been really good and it looks like it wont stop. I have had the chance to get used to my new gear. They are super good and do really fit my style of sailing!! I love the Blacktip/Quantum combo. If you get the chance, try it!!
Backloop in with maxed out 4,2 and 2 degrees celsuis
Another thing is that I will spend January in Cape Town. I'm off in less then a week and am super pumped about the trip and can't wait to practice some port-tack sailing! It will for sure be good for the upcoming season!
One handed backie. Soon I can drop the gloves!
It looks like there is some wind here at home before I leave. But with some work days left I dont think I'll have the time to get out there. So next session will probably be in Cape Town, not too bad...
Keep you posted/
BIG NEWS: SIMMER STYLE!
I have some big news coming for ya!
I've got a lot of questions lately, so it's about time I announce this:
I've signed a sponsorship with Simmer Style!
I am super happy to become an international teamrider for Simmer, I think the brand and the people behind it are great, and to be a part of their international team is a dream come true!
When it comes to equipment I will be using the Blacktip sails and Quantum boards. I've been trying them out and it's a combo which really suits my windsurfing style.
I'm extremely excited about this, I'm sure working with Simmer will help me to reach my goals and I'm very proud to be representing them! Also a big thanks to my local surfshop Surfers.se for their support!
Last day in Sylt
Today is the last day on the PWA World Cup here in Sylt. We have been pretty unlucky with wind and waves but manage to do both slalom and freestyle. But for us wave sailors it's been ten days of waiting. Either way I have had a fun time here and I'd like to thank my family, sponsors for supporting what I do. and also thank the organizers and the PWA for a great event! Hopefully we'll have better luck with the conditions next year!
Now, it's back to Sweden to work and hopefully get some more sailing and comps done before the winter kicks in...
Keep you posted,
PWA Sylt day 3,4 & 5
It's been some lame days here in Sylt if you are a wave sailor. It has been offshore winds since day one and don't seems to change utill Sunday så hopefully we might can go in the water then!
In the meantime I have been training a bit to keep fit and in shape if the comp is on on Sunday, hanging on FB, other internet stuff, chilling out with friends and drinking a lot of coffe..
Hopefully I'll be able to post some action shots after this weekend but you never know..
Keep you posted,
Pijoan the runner
Alessio and Moritz killing time..
PWA Sylt day 2
At the moment it's really light wind here in Sylt and the forcast does'nt look to good for the rest of the week. Yesterday I took time to rig my gear and put the event stickers on the sails without any stress at all so I'm ready if the wind kicks in. Other then that it's just hours of chillng in the riders tent, a bit of running to keep my body fresh and yeah, just waiting basically. In the evening I went to the premier of Bellow the Surface movie. I did really enjoy it and will definately see it again!
Keep you posted,
The riders in Bellow the Surface
PWA Sylt day 1
So Klitmoller is over and today it was time to head for Sylt. It's been a pretty intense day so far, I was supposed to start driving from my home in Varberg to Sylt at 5am, but I woke my self up at 5,30 realizing I hadn't heard the alarm... So I jumped into my clothes, said goodbye to Emma and hit the road immediately. I got stuck in traffic in Copenhagen and after that I had to speed really fast and not stop once to make it to the registration! I made it just in time, and at the same time I sorted a place to stay - thanks Albert, Antoine, Jules and Justin for letting me stay at your place!
After that it was time for the opening ceremony. It was pretty cool getting called up to the stage alone (since I'm the only Swedish compeditor) in front of at least 500 spectators. Definitely something I'll remember.
The forecast looks windy but from south-east. Not the ideal direction to get waves but hopefully it will change and the wave fleet will be able to hit the water, I'll keep you posted!
So, finally it's time to calm down after this crazy day... I'm stoked to be here and can't wait for some conditions to kick in!
17th in Klitmøller and soon off to Sylt
Just got back from a nice week in Klitmøller. After a long week of waiting we finally had some wind on the final day to run the single elimination. Since I'd qualified through the trials I was up against Thomas Traversa. I didn't sail my best heat, actually I'm pretty disappointed of my performance. It's no problems that I'd got kicked out by Thomas but I wanted to at least be happy with my sailing.. Well, I'm still happy to have made it to the main event and grabbing 17th place. It even got in to the local newspaper!
Now I'm off to Sylt for the next PWA World Cup. Will be super fun to go there for my very first time and see what it's all about! Will do my very best and hopefully make it in to the main event again!
Will keep you posted!