Wednesday, December 16, 2015

End of the year race

 Another 1st place!!
After battling against some really though opponents in windy conditions, I won the 2015 End of the Year slalom race here on Bonaire! 
I finally got to try out my new Isonic 97L, and it's amazingly fast!
Thanks to Younieq Experiences for the cool pics.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Bonaire Regatta

Last week we had the Bonaire Regatta, which is a formula and slalom race for Windsurfers. I finished in 2nd place in the Pro Men class behind Taty Frans! 
Although there was a lot of wind for the formula (25-28 knots) it was a lot of fun and I surely learned a lot from Taty.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

PWA Alacati

Day 1 of the PWA Slalom in Alacati, preparation day...
On the first day of the PWA worldtour here in Alacati there was not enough wind.
We inscribed in the morning, played cards and organised our gear tents (we're 5 people in two tents) so now we can get all our gear out of the tent with ease!
Tomorrow the direction will turn to the good direction for the summer here, so all we're gonna need is a few more knots!!

Day 2
Today in the morning we got some wind from the wrong direction but it was not enough to sail...
In the afternoon the wind was turning and turning untill it finally settled at the northerly direction. About a hour later the wind picked up and it was enough to go for a sail with my Severne Sails reflex 5 8.6 and Starboard Isonic 117.
Everyone got ready to start but the wind was not enough to race in...
Tomorrow the forecast is looking good so let's keep our fingers crossed for some wind!
Day 3
The day started with a light breeze from the northerly direction, later in the day the wind picked up and we raced.
I had a great start and was 2nd at the first bouy behind Steve Allen, where I was having a great jibe until when I flipped the sail the boom slipped out of my hands... At that moment Aron realized he f****d up.
After that I was 8th and passed two guys finishing in 6th place.
Not such a good result but I'm positive that I'll do better tomorrow!

Day 4
Today in the morning there was no wind so we had some time to chill.. Although the wind was teasing us all in the end the wind never showed up and they canceled it for the day.
Day 5
The forecast for today was looking good, so when I arrived at the beach I expected wind! But unfortunately there was no wind in the morning.
Around 12 the wind picked up and we had a elimination in 7-13 knots. I was in heat 6... I had a good start and managed to stay in front of Maciek who was just upwind of me and came in 4th at the first buoy, passed another dude and stayed in 3rd place!
The PWA wrote:
13:36 Heat 6 is now sailing - Kayin with the best start, but at the first it's Van der Steen followed by Martini, Kayin and Etmon.
13:37 The wind is now 12-16 knots.
13:38 Van der Steen with an easy lead over Martini, Etmon and Rutkowski.
13:39 Result Heat 6 - 1st Van der Steen 2nd Martini 3rd Etmon 4th Rutkowski
In the quarter finals I had a okay start but the down-haul rope broke after the 2nd mark.... I finished in 6th place.
In the 2nd elimination of today I did not have such a good start and was 6th place until the 2nd buoy where I got a nose dive in the jibe.
I was in last but managed to get back to 6th place.

Day 6
On the last day of the PWA Slalom in Alacati we did one elimination, the wind was very light but after 15 resails we finally got it...
In my heat I was in 3rd place at the bouy, but I mad a mistake and was jibing in someone's spray. As a result I went from 3rd place to 6th place, i could not make it back to the front and finished 6th.
After the 4 eliminations I finished in 43rd place for this Event, it was not my best result but I'm happy with it, next year I will do better!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

PWA Fuerteventura

The day after..... the PWA World Windsurfing tour Fuerteventura!
10 days of hard core competition with 6-40 knots!
I finished in 33rd place in Freestyle and 37th place in Slalom!
I'm happy with my results and it's good to see a lot of progress since last year and even since PWA Costa Brava last June.
Also with these results I'm overall top 45 in Slalom with a 41st place! It keeps on getting better as I'm in the top 40 overall in the Freestyle with a 40th place!
Congratulations to my friends Taty Frans for his bullet and Ethan Westera who as a Youth rider reached an awesome 19th place!
Up next: Tomorrow traveling to the Netherlands and visiting my family for 9 days.
Then next stop: PWA Alacati and IFCA Euro Cup Slalom Men in Goztepe, both in Turkey!!!
Stay tuned for more updates!!
Thanks PWA for the opportunity to compete with the best.
Annika, thank you for the good organisation and help with everything! Thanks new friends at Rene Egli for all your enthusiasm and help during our weeks on Fuerteventura.
I also want to thank Melia Gorriones hotel for the nice and relaxed stay in their beautiful hotel. After 3 weeks I am going to miss the breakfast the most!
Without my sponsors this would not be possible: Dunkerbeck Eyewear, Severne, Starboard, Insel Air, KLM, Boolchands,
I appreciate your help so much.
Last but not least, my dad. Thank you for let me realize the dream you once had but never got to do!

Monday, July 13, 2015

EFPT Lanzarote

The Efpt in Lanzarote was awesome!!
After 4 days of sailing in winds from 15 up to 40 knots and waves from 1m up to 5 meters, I can say I learned a lot!
Here some sick pictures by Eric Belange!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Dunkerbeck GPS Speed Challenge 2015

The Dunkerbeck GPS Speed Challenge is over!!
The Results........
I am Speed European Champion Youth 2015!!!!!
And 8th place in the Men class!!
I am very happy with my results and for sure I will try to come back next year to improve it!
Thank you Mr. Dunkerbeck, Mr. Couto, Orlando and the rest of the crew this was a great event!
Also thank you to my sponsors for all the help on my way to hopefully much more titles!
Last but not least thank you to John Carter for the awesome pictures!

Friday, June 19, 2015

PWA Costa Brava

Day 1, Chilling day.

Unfortunately there was no wind today, but I had fun chilling with the rest of the Bonaire crew!!
Funny enough they asked us about what we do to get in our zone before the race, the result:
The Bonaire and Curacao Crew: Taty Frans (Starboard / GA Sails / Mystic), Amado Vrieswijk - NB20 (JP / Severne), Ethan westera(Starboard / GA Sails), Aron Etmon (Starboard / Severne / Dunkerbeck Eyewear): “Eat rice with chicken! Listen to some music like Drake or something similar.”
Thanks to my mom for making food for everyone, it was delicious!!
Hopefully we will get some wind later on in the event, I'll keep you guys updated!!

Day 2, Sailing!!
In the morning we started off with a skippers meeting at 10:00, followed by chilling / on standby till 1:15. Around one o'clock the wind picked up and I got my gear ready for some action!!
We finished 1 full elimination and did the first round of the second elimination.
In the first elimination my start was not the best, I managed to get back a bit but I just didn't have enough speed,I finished in 7th.
In the second elimination the wind picked up and I took my 7.8 Severne Sails Reflex 6 and my Starboard iSonic 97L, this is a perfect combo!!
My start was good, and my speed was great!! I Jibed in 5th place and the guy in front of me stopped plaining, because I made a short jibe I had to stop to avoid a collision with the dude, I finished in 5th place just missing the finals.

Hopefully tomorrow better!!

Day 3 and 4, No Wind
On the third and fourth day of the PWA Costa Brava there was not enough wind to start, so I played cards, body-boarded and surfed as there were some decent sized waves!
My sails are ready waiting for the wind!!
Hopefully more wind the next days!!

Day 5 and 6
On the 5th day there was no wind yet again so I chilled and prepared mentally for the race i was going to sail next.
Finally, on day 6 there was wind! I was in Heat 2 together with Amado Vrieswijk - NB20. I got stuck in the harness lines while jibing before the start, so i started 20 seconds late... In the end i passed a lot of guys finishing 5th in that heat! I was so mad at myself for falling at the start...
And then they started a fourth elimination, where i had a great start. I arrived 7th at the first mark but made a big jibe avoiding the windhole and passing everybody that got stuck in the windhole!!
in the end finished in 3rd place in that heat just passing someone at the last mark and almost passing Tomas van Zelst / Ned-28 who was going really fast even though the conditions were light on the last reach! Sadly they couldn't finish the 4th elimination so it doesn't count in the ranking frown emoticon
I would like to thank my sponsors: Dunkerbeck Eyewear, Starboard, Severne Sails, Netvision, KLM and Insel Air
Up next: Fuerteventura for the Dunkerbeck GPS Speed Challenge , stay tuned!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Sorobon masters

The sorobon Masters is over!
After 3 days of racing and freestyle I came in 2nd place in the slalom, just missing the first place by one point and 3rd place in freestyle!
It was not the result I have hoped for as I got sick the last day but I learned a lot!
Thanks again to Kuma Movie for the awesome pictures!!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Lions Cup 2015

Last weekend we had the Lions Cup event on Sorobon.
It was a nice event and I had a lot of fun competing with all the guys! In the morning we did slalom and in the afternoon freestyle.
It was a long battle between Jurgen and me for first place in Slalom. In the end I came in 2nd which was not too bad.
In freestyle I was facing Cheppi in the first round an went to the losers final. In the losers final I won and I came in 4th place overall.
All in all it could have been better, but i'm happy with my result!!
I would like to congratulate Jurgen Saragoza with his first place in Youth slalom and Stepherd Cheppi Gustowski with his 1st place in the freestyle! Also congratz to Taty Frans who owned this competition in the pro category, winning first place in slalom as well as in freestyle!
Cool pictures by Marc van Swoll/ Younieq Experiences!!!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Saint Barth Fun Cup 2015

Day 1 - Inscription.
No wind, so we inscribed and chilled a bit... Hopefully some more wind tomorrow!! Also some nice pictures by Marc van Swoll/ Younieq Experiences!

Day 2 - Yet another day without wind...
But we made the most out of it!!
We went surfing with our freestyle boards and joined the sup race!!
My team came in 5th in the winners final! All in all we had lots of fun, hopefully more wind tomorrow!

Day 3 - Waves!
Today there were light wind conditions... But we made the most out of it!! 

I went surfing with a stand up paddle board, it was sick! Hopefully there will be more wind tomorrow! Above a picture of me surfing on the sup board.

Day 4 - Wind!
Today the conditions were good and we did 4 races.
The first two races went ok but they could've been better... But the last two races went great!! I got in 1st place in Youth and 16th place overall!!
Also congratulations to Taty Frans with his victory and Amado Vrieswijk - NB20 with his 8th place overall!