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.
  

Urbanapes climbing marathon

As promised I will publish a small review of the climbing marathon competition at the urban apes climbing gym in Lübeck. It basically was a endurance competition, were you had six hours time to climb as many routes as possible. Each route gave 13 points (average height) plus the UIAA grade. Toprope and lead had no influence on the points. Also important is that it was a team competition and both had to climb every route.

 

I was competing with Lorenz Langfeld as the team “No Rest No Fun” and we managed to climb 89 routes, which means nearly 1300m. Our aim was to crack the 100 routes but that was not possible in just six hours. Anyways we crushed at the competition and made, with over 12 routes more than the second, the first place. As this competition was about fun anyways the biggest pleasure was to see the 30 teams in action on the walls. It was such a nice atmosphere and everybody was really psyched!

 

Afterwards everybody stayed for a video session, self cooked soup and a couple of beers. This is what I call a nice climbing event for everybody. Well organized and done by the staff of urban apes and because of all participating teams a full success. Let’s hope for more events of this type! You can check the recent pictures from Jörg (vertical image) out or visit the urban apes facebook page for rankings, pictures and a video. I will also post some pictures of the competition soon!