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 Airi, my friend! 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
Rest of the august in Fuerte was more than epic! Somehow the level of my sailing went up day by day and in the end I was feeling on the water like a little child. We scored a lot of offshore days and lagoon days with the Swiss guys and when it was not windy, we had the chance to surf waves in La Pared. Gotta love these Islands! Specially the final week on the water was super sick - like that one day in the lagoon...uhhhh...amaZing! Will not forget that session for a long time. That flow was so nice! Besides surfing I was training my knee at Rainer´s place called E.M.T and now the condition of my knee is already pretty good. I hope it just gets better and better! Yee, so I was super happy with my sailing in the end and I left the island with a really good mood. Now Im already in Holland where the World Cup takes place. The third event of the year started just today. Not so much action yet as there is no wind but the forecast looks nice for the upcoming days! Cant wait to rip that place up! Picture by: s3one
So, so, so...after the World cup in Fuerte Estonian photographer Jaanus Ree arrived to the Canaries. We were all stoked as Jaanus got a great deal with Red Bull and his job was to come and shoot us (me and Chris) for 3 weeks. In the end we got photos that made us really happy. They are forsure different from the rest mass and in September we can already see them. Also these pictures will go to the Red Bull Photo Bank, where people can buy them. During shooting we visited many days our beloved Fuerte lagoon and we also had a 6 day trip to Gran Canaria. First time for us to visit great Las Palmas and legendary Pozo. The best day there was for me in Mosca Point, a place where side shore waves peel and thanks to Las Palmas Windsurf Center I had under my feet a 74l JP Quadster. I really love downtheline windsurfing and it was just so great to rip the waves again. Now Chris and Jaanus have left the island and Im chilling with polish friends. All guud. The wind here is pretty offshore these days and I cry for sailing as the condtions are so nice. But I have been out from the water that days as I had a sun stroke and dislocated toe. But all perfect now and tomorrow I can hit the water. Motivation is full up and we gonna go full level! Picture: John Carter/PWA
Fuerteventura Worldcup is over. I finished 24th, so one place better than last year, hahaha :D But actually I hoped to make it into Top 16, which is always hard in Fuerte and this year the level was specially high. The big step between top riders and less top riders seems to vanish soon as almost everybody can make it top 10. I had some really nice heats and I was satisfied with them but some were totally catastrophic. Now i need to focus on being more consistent and get some new moves under the bag. For excample in one of my heats i landed planing funnel clock. You cannot see many guys making this move in the heat and that trick helped me through to the next heat. So good to do in the competition something different. The comp gave me alot alot of experience and most of all it was so much fun. I am happy to have so good friends on tour and share the same passion all over again. Thank you Yarden, Adam, Davy, Youp, Chris, Adi, Yegor, Yuri, Antony and Tonky - AGP! Thank you Extreme Sport, CityInvest, NeilPryde, JP, Oxbow, Tähtreklaam, EPL and family! Thank you all! Picture: PWA/John Carter
Fuerteventura - our big love. July here has been flat flat water and strong winds. After Lanzarote it has been cool to ride flat water and things come out more easily. Some days there was so much wind - close to 30 meters and nobody actually could sail but most of the days the wind was solid for 3.8 sail. We have made some filming and good promotion to our next video. Check out also the Lanzarote chilled out video from the video's list if you didnt see it yet. Almost everyday we have sailed and the form is pretty good before the competition. I hope it will be a windy event and I hope it will be fun! Next update after the comp! Ciao