Tenerife pt.1 and Pozo sum up
Well, Pozo didn't really go as I had hoped for but I still had a great time with my friends and got some freesailing in as well. I even got the opportunity to commentate on the PWA live stream together with Ben Proffitt. That was an awesome experience and hopefully I'll get to do some more of it, as I liked it a lot!
Now I'm in Tenerife, preparing for the upcoming event here. I'm super motivated to sail here and really looking forward to do the trials! Yesterday I was out on 5,3 Blacktip and my 85 ltr Quantum. There were some small waves breaking and I got to know the spot a bit. Hopefully there will be some more wind today.
Commenting with Ben
Some Pozo shots, Thanks Fish Bowl Diaries for them!
Maui sum up
As always Maui was amazing! I had an awesome time on the island shooting, sailing and doining other fun stuff together with friends.
The shoot was really a dream come true! Testing new gear, sailing with water photagrapher and hanging with the team. I enjoyed every second of it and can't wait till next time!
Thanks Jimmie Hepp for the shot!
Now it's back home to focus on training for the upcoming events. I feel that my trips to both South Africa and Maui really have helped me to get a higher level. My moves are more consistent and I have more power in them, I also have learned some new ones and feel super comfortable on my new gear!
Keep you posted,
Now I have one week left here on Maui. It has been a really nice trip this far and I have got to sail loads. I have been shooting a lot with Simmer Style so dont have that many pictures of me sailing my own kit.
My sailing is getting better and I feel more confident in my turns hitting it later with more speed etc.
I have also been on some nice adventures with my girlfriend and the rest of our huse mates. Yesterday we went to Hana checking out some sick waterfalls on the way.
The week I have left here seems to be windy so hopefully I can get to practice some more before I head back home to Sweden!
Pod #3 - Recovery
Now I'm on Maui. Today is the start of the Simmer Style photoshoot, exiting....
...So exiting i thought I should drop the latest episode in my video podcast. MacG Productions followed me in Sweden as I was recovering from a small injury I got in South Africa. I worked really hard and trained a lot in the gym together with a physio. I also got a few day on the water but mainly like 5,6 and small waves. But it was perect to feel out my knee and if the rehab had worked. Other than that I played some icehockey and enjoyed a ski trip.
Well, hopefully I will have some action shoots from Maui for you online soon!
Pod #3 - Recovery from MacG Productions on Vimeo.
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 #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/
Urban Cable tow-in freestyle
A few weeks ago there was a surf/skate/wake festival called Hallifornia in my hometown Varberg. There was a lot of people trying longboards, SUP etc and there was a wakeboard comp on the Urban Cable Tour in the moat in front of the ancient fortress in the middle of Varberg. On the last day of the festival I had a tow-in session with my windsurfing gear. It was a bit hard as I never have towed before and the guys controlling the cable didn't really know what speed I needed, but at least I got a few nice rides and manage to do some moves. It was pretty cool comming in full speed, in front of a fortress and without any power in the sail doing a move for a cheering crowd!
Big thanks to my girlfriend Emma
for taking the pictures and the crew behind Hallifornia for letting me use the cable!
Keep it Clean/
Shoots from the PWA Pozo super session
Pretty light wind and small waves made it a bit hard to find ramps..
PWA Pozo is coming up
Tomorrow the PWA world cup kicks off here in Pozo, Gran Canaria. I'm stoked and can't wait for tomorrow! It has allways been a dream for me to compete against the best sailors in the world and I do really appriciate every minute of it! This year the mens fleet has been cut down from 48 to 32 sailors, so for me to get into the main event will be through the trails. Due to the major cut down the trails is stacked with sailors that rips hard, so it's going to be a tough one!
Anyway, I am super motivated and do really look forward to do my best here in Pozo!
Will keep you updated,
Here are some shoots from my last decent session before the comp:
After my latest post we had like three more days of solid wind here in Pozo. But yesterday was pretty much a lay day and today seems to be calm too. It's a bit frustrating as I felt that I really was starting to sail good in the strong wind. My jumps were getting higher, my riding more aggressive and I was trying some new nice moves.
My gear is working great and my body is in good shape after working out a lot during the winter, so hopefully the wind and waves comes back soon so I can practice some more before the trails to the PWA event here in Gran Canaria kicks off!
Stay tuned for more,
After a pretty lame first week of my trip to Gran Canaria, have the famous wind here in Pozo finally kicked in.
After spending my last three last trips on Maui I'm not really used to be sailing full on port tack. But I am getting there. I have mostly been on 4,0 Firelight and it has been powered up to say the least. But I really like the range of that sail, it does not matter how over powered you are, the sail is still super stable and keeps the profile nicely! As well as my 76 and 84 Quatro Tempo Twin is super calm while speeding towards the ramps, turns tight and are super stable sliding through takas. The moves is comming together more and more. Backies, takas, stalled forwards is there and I am really close to land the wave 360. Today it is windy again and I will work on to get more hight and on the tweaked pushloops. It is a pretty weird feeling to know all the moves in starboard tack, but when doing them on port it is like I never have tried them before...
Time to shred,
Last week we celecrated something we here in Sweden call Valborg. Usually you team up some friends for BBQ and party. I was invited to a friend but there was a good forcast for the evening so I told him I would show up after sailing. And man, we got a classic evening session at my home spot... 5,0, mellow waves, a sick sunset and some good friends on the water made it a memorable Valborg session!
It looks like the upcoming weekend can deliver some decent wind. And I'm super motivated to sail hard and try to get some filming done...
Talking about filming, I have started with my Maui edit and hopefully it wont be long untill I'll put it online...
Getting closer to landing this move....
This weekend a pretty good forcast did hit Sweden. The ice were gone despite some big blocks on the inside, which made it pretty hard to launch as they are super heavy and slippery.
On the water I felt a bit out of my game, since last time I sailed was more then two months ago.
But after a few runs I manage to land some backies, pushies and takas even though it was pretty much dead onshore.
Anyway, it feels good to be out sailing again!
Earlier the same day I'd got interviewed by David and Fredrik from Kulingvarning.nu
. The guys came to the beach later aswell and I think they got some nice shots! Hopefully the artical will be online mig next week, So stay tuned!
Just found some nice pictures of me haveing fun at my home spot Läjet on waveaction.se.
Make sure you check out their cool site aswell!
MacG Productions behind the scenes