Archive for October, 2010

SPO, buggyraces, licence seminar

What´s happened since the buggy WC?

Thursday evening I drove for the last time this year to SPO, because of the buggyraces.

Any training on Friday was dropped because it was windless and rainy.

On Saturday the conditions were much better and in strong offshore winds four Master races and three Open races were held. Even though I like these conditions I had really bad luck and had in every race collisions and folded kites. After a cold night with frozen windows in the bus, we drove Sunday the 5th and last Masterrace in light winds, which I could win. Despite from this the Saturday took me the leading and kicked me to place four.

I stayed for some more days in SPO to take the last passable kitesurf temperatures and to meet other Teamriders. The forecast was promising, so we drove, after a nice landboardsession to Büsum. Unfortunately a friend of me had a really bad kitesurf accident. I wish her all the best, a fast recovery and much energy to become fast fit again. In order that something doesn´t happen again, ill advice all to leaf enough space to all danger spots, especially in the lee. Thats means far more then one line lengths. In case you drift to close, release your kite before you risk your health, also this means some effort. My motivation for kitesurfing was not big after this, but I stayed in SPO for some more days.

After one day home of repairing and preparing I drove Friday morning with Pascal to the first KLB Instructor Course taking place on the kitearea in Münsterappel. We had much to peruse, and that others were kiting in best winds didn´t made it easier for us. After a written exam on Sunday we could finally kite a bit ourself. We didn´t received results yet, but i´m confident to passed it. Then you can gain the KLB licence from me in the near future.

Whats happening next?

At the weekend there´s a back country race on the kitearea, we can kite in Wanlo with increased regularity, which is fresh mowed and in 10 days takes the KLB final place there.

Pics from the Races in SPO and the Sundaysession on the Kitearea:

Buggy WC De Panne

e Panne welcomed us Monday afternoon with drizzle and calmness, so we entered the team apartments and made ourself comfortable. The next day happened not much beside buggy approval and registration in fact of calmness. Wednesday was the first race day and, why should it come another way, not enough wind. But we had a nice tour driving round 10k´s along the beach nearly to Dunkerque in France. The next morning I looked doubtful out of the window- Wind! This day we could do the maximum of three races in constant middle strong winds. Unfortunately I had a bit bad luck and my harnessline got open in one race.

On Friday it was blowing again, but this time offshore what brings in De Panne through the high rises extreme gusty turbulence winds which means most difficult conditions. The first race went ok for me. In the second race I went before the start back to the gear to downsize my kite. Unfortunately I was much to late and came to the Course when the first in the race had did his first round. I overtook him and finished as 14th. That means I had to round back all other riders. The third race was cancelled when I was on second position. A further highlight was, that I got to know Peter Lynn , because he showed up personally.

Saturday, the last race day was, how should it come different, not enough wind. The framework program with gastronomic rally , live music and a super finish diner was really priceless in my opinion and the organisation was proper as well.

Even the races were much fun for me although the beach was wet, and because the course took place in Belgium and France as Well I crossed the boarder round 50 times.

At the end I became 9th equal on points with the 8th. With less bad luck or more races would have been sure more possible, but my goal, top ten, I still reached. With the German Team, the riders of the other countries and of course with the Lynn team we had piles of fun.

Two videos for all who were there:

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And Photos: