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Fuerte #6

After going out in my first heat I was fully motivated to smash the double but my first opponent was Edvan de Souza, this was fully intimidating as I’d seen him ripping at his local spot of Jeri, Brazil this winter. I started the heat full power with Kono’s, Buners and ponches and managed to take it!! I was SO excited to win my first PWA heat.

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Next up was Dutch ripper Nick van Ingen I sailed a similar heat and managed to pass him as well which left me in 17th place. Next I had to go up against Canadian Phil Soltysiak this should have been a fun heat but unfortunately I slipped out the straps on a Ponch straddled my board in the air then dropped 4ft onto the rail of my board to a very “sensitive area” and had to abandon the heat. I ended the day pissing blood but so happy to finish 17th place and PWA sailor of the day.

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Fuerte #5

Today I was probably the most nervous I have ever been about a heat, but still it was such a fun day. Before the heats started Adam was giving me advice on how to sail the heat, keeping it simple, filling up your score sheet, etc but as soon as that green flag goes up and you hear the horn in your ear all you can think is go big, try your hardest move hahhaa. It’s really hard to ignore your instincts. In the end, in my heat, the judges had me and Rafa on joint points so they judged on crashes and Rafa won so it’s all to play for in the double tomorrow. Actually I’ve never heard of this rule before but it was the closest heat of the day in terms of points and made it to the official PWA press report.

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Fuerte #4

Today was registration day, it was sick, we had to get on stage in front of loads of people and speak, I was really nervous though. I also got my new North Idol sails which I wasn’t sure I was going to use during the competition but I went out on the 4.4 today and it was incredible, I’ve never gone higher on my moves! We also found out who we are drawn against, for the first elimination, I’m against Curacao ripper Rafa De Windt, it will be a tough heat but I’m really excited. I’ve just got to relax and not let the pressure get to me. Tonight we had a bit of a pasta/pizza party at the apartment and now time for an early night in preparation for the big day…

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Fuerte #3

Today we moved all our kit into the competitors tent, It was so cool to be surrounded by all the windsurfers I had idolised growing up and crazy knowing that I would be going toe to toe with them in just two days! The wind has decided to sort itself out recently and with the tide also playing ball the competition is sure to be an impressive display of crazy power moves.

I went out for an evening session on my 4.7 as my 4.2 was being repaired, BIG mistake, I’ve never been so overpowered in my life everyone else was fully stacked 4.0′s but I still had fun sending the biggest shakas of my life off the waves and continuing to train my konos and kabikuchis.

Fuerte #2

Today was the strongest forecast we had seen during the first two weeks we have been here. The wind kicked in early at 10 or so and we were on the water by 11 already. Having checked out Centre 1, we decided to go to the ‘out of town’ spot called Matas Blancas where it is glassy flat and a bit like a speed strip. Normally this is a place to go when it is just too windy everywhere else but even here it was 50 knots or more…

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With the plan to take a ‘rest day’ today we decided to just do a two hour session and not hit the water later in the afternoon. So sailing at Matas Blancas was nice to begin with, but it is a place that can get real busy real quick and before we knew it we were joined by half the PWA tour, it was cool to see the level as the likes of Jacopo Testa and Adi Beholz fired around huge air skopus and and air kabikuchis off flat water! I felt pretty inspired and tried a few of my own but the gusts, the super strong wind, the people, everything started to get frustrating. I was happy with my sailing but the rest day was needed, I can already feel my motivation rising for tomorrow. The forecast is a little less but this is Fuerte so we can expect another 40 knot day most likely. Thanks to the Adam for taking photos and videos, gutted he can’t join us on the water yet but he gets better each day and is walking a little more already.

Also in our crew, Nic was landing some nice burners and Alex Mitchell had some pretty hardcore attempts but getting real close. It is cool to see. Later we heard that Hanna (Adam’s girlfriend) got round her first spock of the trip and there is some photo evidence of it too somewhere. Talking of girls, we have been windsurfing with Oda Johanne and Arianne Aukes a lot, the two of them are ripping, Oda is super close to skopus whilst Arianne sails with a lot of speed now and looks real confident in all her moves. It will be interesting to see how the girls podium will look this year…

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Fuerte #1

The whole journey kicked off for us even before the real journey began. We literally arrived at the airport with one hour to go before the plane was about to take off and rushed to the departue lounge. Just getting to the airport is a long enough story in its own. However, in short, two weeks before we left our van broke down so we had to arrange another car, in the meantime when I was packing I discovered some damage to my board and needed to arrange something QUICK. A short phone call with Nik Baker and a new Fanatic Skate was awaiting for me, so long as I could meet him at a certain time at a certain service station. Easy.

So we left Weymouth in our ‘new’ car and about half an hour later the gearbox packed in… Some phone calls later, a three hour overnight sleep in a service station and a taxi ride later I eventually made it to Stanstead Airport with the new Skate. Meanwhile Alex Mitchell, part of our clan, got rear ended on his way up and also turned up around the same time as me. We hooked up with Nic, who had had a pleasant nights sleep at the airport hotel and ran to departures.

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Finally on the plane we relaxed, and this is how the first two weeks have been since; relaxed, a lot of fun and plenty of windsurfing. We were just saying how we have packed so much in to the last two weeks it feels like a month. Having been here before it is nice to head back to the different spots, each year the sands move a bit so the lagoon is different, centre 2 has changed slightly and centre one also. That said the wind has been pretty different this year, the first week was on full power then we had some kind of Calima but still got over 40 knots each day, check out the video below from the Calima sessions, some decent kono and kabikuchi practice. Then the last few days have had this mysterious lunchtime lull but always loads of wind in the afternoon/evening.

It’s really nice to stay with the same people again; Alex Mitchell, Adam Sims, Hanna Poschinger and the new addition to the crew, Nic Hibdige. The apartment suits us well, a big terrace for all the gear and pretty open plan. We share a car between three, which just about works with all the kit and we mix up the cooking with eating out, so it is all pretty good fun.

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The first week we were here we got pretty carried away, sailing at the most perfect spots just to train moves and build up the confidence again, then this last week we have been spending almost all our time in the competition area at centre one. Getting some experienced words from Adam has helped us train our heats a bit better, making sure we land moves rather than crash our hardest moves and at the same time we are windsurfing with some of the worlds best stylers. It’s pretty awesome and the level of the guys has gone through the roof.

To begin this diary/feature on a proper note we spent most of today at centre one, the wind was strong and built all afternoon. I sailed with my 4.7 and was pretty stoked with some of my bigger moves although it is hard to get over how frustrating it is to have to sail and compete in this area when just 300m downwind there is one of the best freestyle spots in the world.

Until tomorrow then…

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Egypt slo mo video

Heres a few clips from a couple of fun sessions last week. Watch it in HD!

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