Whode, what sick sessions we have had on the water. All the stylers are pushing the limits. Just to get some inches of more height. But it´s still Bonaire. Light wind and chop. You have to go hard to fly high. So you find out some techniques and put them in use. And when the wind arrives, then guuud......Also some professional guys are recording the action, so the beach is full of cameras. That´s sick! Right now feeling fully destroyed from sailing. The body needs some relaxation. But it´s like this ah. We keep on going till we crash, till we cannot stand up anymore, haha. Part of addiction. Soon some more wind is coming. Check the windguru....and maybe book the ticket. Photo by: Markus Seidel
Some windless days here on Bonaire,so alot of hanging in the Surf Hostel. The crew is getting bigger day by day. Not so underground anymore, haha. Maybe we make a quick escape and we gonna check out some kung fu flicks in Colombia...Meanwhile I edited a small clip called `Jamaican Barbeque´ - represented by Bush Bush Brotherhood. You can find it from the ´Videos´ section. The hood is not together anymore as the mentor Cesco flew back to Italy to run some maffia in the south part of Italy but it goes on. The forecast looks colourful again, super sick. Funny uh, some guys have bigger smiles on their faces, just because the air starts moving. Life full of blessing.
Hola people. Greetings from the SurF Hostel Bonaire -The official headquarters for Bram and Youp Schmit with Ziggy ´Wild´ and Big Z guarding the property! Bonaire is treating us with all kind of blessings. Slow life pace, warm and sunny bush bush, groovy mini ramp and windy days. What else could underground surfers want. Its epic down here. I mean I don´t have anyway enough words to descibe that stokeness. But let´s try a bit...every morning we have decent breakfast with pankcakes, hmmmmm. From the early morning guys going crazy. Talkin so much bulls´´t and it gives the good feeling and smile for the whole day. At the same time behind the table I have always the feeling that somebody was beating me up with a baseball bat last night...Then next table to us girls are so surprised...oh really....you guys feel tired?....They must be weak.... hahahaha, like man, they cannot believe how harsh freestye windsurfing is for the body. But cool girls anyway. After that Bram gives us some coaching, not physically...mentally connetcting with us... and then I bike myself to Sorobon, where some serious tripping is happening. Some session are 2 hours, some extend to 6 hours. Full timechamber. Its such a sick spot that you cannot come out. I´m like...okey...one more trick...and then again...okey, one more...you know. Usually when it gets dark, we have to come out, otherwise you stand there with empty hands, like a bum, haha, without a ride to home. But it´s okey, we have ourselves, thats the most important :) Guys from AGP understand....And the wind gets better and better, also the level....Freestyle windsurfing is amazing these days. If you have chance, give it a try. If you don´t go, you don´t know. Our electricity source ,Generator, goes off now, bushbush wants to sleep....More will follow, specially during this year in this blog....Peace! Photo by: Trevor Hibdige
The sun is shining and the weather is sweet......Hola from Bonaire! Time is flying fast these days which are packed up with surfing and then...surfing. Yea, mostly after the sunrise the road takes us to the beach and when the sun goes down, it takes us to back to the beds. Im feeling better day by day as the body has adjusted to the climate and the mind is really joining the vibes of the island. Lifestyle is here so different, true caribbean style. Im really stoked to have that opportunity to be here with my friends in the middle of bush bush, to sail all day long and train hard. Progress is fully there and hopefully we keep the good spirit up. The wind is goin to have a break for Christmas, as it looks for now and we also...we take some time off to enjoy the Chhristmas feast but soon we are back on the water with new ideas and new strength. Hanggloose! Ciao! Photo by: Richard Beukelaar
Bonaire!!! The first month here has been just Amazing!!! Lots of sailing with pretty light wind but that´s why we came here - to get some master skills in light conditions. Even if the wind is really really on the limit, every other detail on the water just helps to rip more - pure freedom in shallow warm waters. Most of the days I have been using my biggest 5.1. I have to say that I am starting to love the sail more and more. Some new moves are already in the bag and the quality of sailing gets better and better. Honestly, in the beginning it was a bit hard, as I am really used to sail with small sail sizes. But the wind has not been here every day. Some days it was raining so hard, that we just had to stay in our rooms - chilling. Also we have done some fishing, biking, gym training and so on. In other words enjoying life to the max. The upcoming month we will put more focus on filming, so hopefully we will come up with some good stuff. During rainy days I edited the third part of our Chillout videos and with that we reached our goal. The goal was to make this year 3 episodes :) If you haven´t seen it, take a look on it! Meanwhile Take it Easy! Greetings from the island! Everything Irie, Mon! Slowride´s Chillout Video III -https://vimeo.com/79801438#at=0
I have been back in Estonia for 3 weeks now - seeing all my family and friends has been just great. Also there has been some wind and I have sailed a couple of times. The last session was like super super cold but it was still good for a bit of fun and already just the feeling after sailing is so nice. Fully worth it! Also looks like the real autumn winds are arriving to Estonia around next week, so its possible we can score some epic down-the-line conditions in Ristna, Hiiumaa. All in all I have been pretty busy doing different kind of things here at home but there has been also plenty of time to have some regular relaxation. To sum up the 2013 PWA season I can say that I was happy with my sailing, I ended up 25th in the ranking, I am feeling more confident in the heats and Im enjoying more and more the company of other riders. In Sylt I even took 9th place in the Single Elimination with a bit of luck in my side and in the end I finished the event in the 17th position after losing to Adrian Beholz with a close heat. Right now Im super motivated to go on full power and Im already looking forward to have a hard winter training in one the most spectacular places! Thanks to Extreme Sport, CityInvest, NeilPryde, JP-Australia, Oxbow, Tähtreklaam, EPL all this can happen, so I am really grateful to them and of course there are no words to thank my family! I am really thankful for that and I hope some day I can prove myself and take home some high results! Thanks Everybody!
European autumn has been quiet. Relaxed and easy. After the event in Browersdam, which went pretty good actually, there has been no wind and no sailing, so a bit different from Fuerte, where you get used to hang out on the beach everday. But we needed a bit of rest time and with a Big clan of riders -Yarden, Yegor, Chris, Italians, Youp...we went to Oostvoorne Meer in Holland, where we spent 11 nights in two small huts. We missed wind but it was perfect for relaxation and recovering from the event. Also was super nice to see Sumsi over one year and have some proper chilling. Great times. To talk about the World Cup, I took 17th place after winning 1 heat in Single and 2 heats in Double. The result was okey but I was more happy about the feeling on the water I had. The final month in Fuerte really helped me to have that confidence with my tricks. That result puts me into 25th place in overall. Now Im in Sylt where the second day of competition is going on. Welly organized event as always - with sunshine. All the gang is also here, so good days. Hopefully we get some wind! Picture by: John Carter/PWA