Monday, 29 September 2014

Klitmoller and Sylt PWA!

Since Sweden, we arrived in Klitmoller for the week to watch the PWA men's competition and sail at infamous Klitmoller and Hanstholm! I received a very exciting delivery, my new custom 63l from Simmer! I am really grateful to shaper Ola Helenius for shaping me the 'compacti-fly' quad 63, it looks amazing!
Klitmoller was a really cool place, with landscape quite like Cornwall (long sandy beaches and grassy flat land), and nice Danish houses with a few cafe's and two surf shops. The beach is more rock reef at Klitmoller and sandier at Hanstholm, both picking up wind swell pretty easily due to the shallow North sea. Unfortunately we didn't have too much wind while we were in Denmark, and the competition for the men only just managed to squeeze in a single elimination on the last day, sailing until dark. I have a few sessions on 5.0 and 75l out here, onshore starboard and port tack and cross off at Klitmoller one time too. The only windy day was the day straight after the competition in which Stef and I sailed Klitmoller looking a bit like a small storm chase, cold, stormy, messy and onshore! There were some meaty logo high waves dumping too which actually made it more scary than a mast high down the line session as it was unpredictable and grey! I tried my new custom which felt awesome to sail along, smooth and controlled, but can't say I have had a real wave riding session to test it yet! In the afternoon I sailed bunkers which was more side shore and the spot I should have sailed all along! Very fun but the wind died almost immediately... Here are some pictures Justyna took:
I also have some pictures of van life, I love the flexibility our van gives us and how cosy it is when its dark and raining outside! Luckily we have managed to grab showers at Ben and Justyna's place so we weren't too smelly! Some of these are Hanstholm and some at Bunkers. The one with the large gun is when we visted the bunker museum at Hantsholm, it was really interesting and quite incredible the size of the gun there, it could fire 50km with a 38cm shell, about 2-3 minutes airtime!
Now we are in Sylt which looks like an incredibly organised event! There are thousands of people, loads of sponsor tents, parties for the crowd every night and with freestyle, slalom and wave disciplines, really interesting to watch too. A few wave heats and slalom have been run but there hasn't been too much wind. The wave heats were in light dead onshore wind, really challenging conditions! We are hoping for the low pressure dancing around us to settle so we can have wind later this week! These pictures are from John Carter from the PWA.

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