Kitesurftrophy Damp 2013

Last weekend the first tour stop of the German Kitesurftrophy (KST) took place in Damp at the Baltic Sea. Unluckily the wind was really bad during the event. The only day with enough wind for freestyle was Sunday and even there the kitesize to ride was between 11 and 15 meters. To make it even worse the wind was slightly offshore and gusty.
  
Anyways I was pretty stoked as this was my first bigger contest and everything was quite new to me. I got to know many nice people and learned a lot about competing in kitesurfing. When it was time for my first heat I was very unlucky as a line of my kite broke right after the start and I was forced to the beach.
  
Check out the images below and stay tuned for a little event video I am just about to cut.
  

Knee update: Recovery

It has been over four weeks till I hurt my knee on that crash while kiting. As the days pass by luckily it gets better and better everyday. I got rid of the crunches and got a nice new orthesis in which I can walk again and do some reha sport. The only good thing about this whole injury is that I can finally give my body some rest he really needed! I was always pushing a little bit too much and forget about recovery. The other good thing is that I am now forced into the gym – boring weightlifting is the only sport I am was able for the last weeks. Anyway it is always good to build up some basic strength and work on the misbalances a little bit.

 

The sun also returned in Germany and I had some great days chilling with good friends in the sun, having some barbecues or just getting in the kayak for a paddle session. Pretty mallow!

 

However I am very keen to hit the water again! The doc says I will be able to kite again in two weeks – just in time for the first stop of the Trophy in Damp! I am very very happy about that fast recovery and really look forward to pushing it again this season!!! Stay tuned for some announcements and insider news about the surffestival in Pelzerhaken the next days. Now go out guys and enjoy this great weather. Aloha!

 

Knee injury

Just had my first injury, after being without any serious stuff during all the time I was pushing my limits on the water and rock. Two weeks ago I had another photo-session with Niels Jende in Niendorf. The session was somehow cursed: First I had the wrong kite size and on my first SBend I was torn onto the beach. The second jump was a massive unhooked kite loop. The kite looped clearly under my height and was only half way through when I landed. Unfortunately I landed directly in a wave face… I immediately felt something snapping and of course a lot of pain.

 

So right away into the hospital, xray and first checks. Result: Nothing broken but maybe some ligaments damaged. First impression: Shit! Next day I went to a specialist and got a MRT and the big relief: Just a partially damaged inner ligament. I can probably be back on the water in mid May. This sounded a lot better. Still have to walk around on crunches the next weeks but then I will be back on the water!!!

 

Sicily Climbing Trip video

Heya, finally finished the editing of the video material from our trip to Sicily (read more below). We had less footage than expected, but I think the outcome is quite watchable anyways. I hope you like it and as always feedback is much appreciated. Credits for filming go to Rainer alias Lampi and Hartmut.

 

 

I also gave a small interview to kitelife24 in the last days. If you are interested in Kitesurfing, and being a instructor checkout the interview here! I also booked a flight to Egypt or the time from 04.03.2011 to 22.03.2011 to see my friends again and get in shape for this season. I hope I can also present some new pics and vids afterwards.

Stormchase!

Wow the last weekend was really charming, loads of wind and quite warm. The season is definitely not over! I had two cool days – the first was in Pelzerhaken with moderate wind to start with some freestyle on my 9 and after it picked up it was pretty nice for loops. The second day was crazy – we went to Gold on Fehmarn and had some really big big winds (gusts up to 11 bft / 50+ knts) and rain. It was a quite challenging big air session. Didn’t have the balls to loop my 7 .

 

And the best thing is that we have a lot more windy days coming . Probably the whole weekend we will have superb conditions to kite the baltic sea. So lets hope we also have some nice weather with it to make some pics and vids. Stay safe guys and see you on the water .