Saturday, 1 March 2014

Red Bull Storm Chase - 2013/2014

Hey guys! Long time no see! After the last post of Rytis with adorable surfers it’s my time to shine! And this week I just can’t stop myself from not writing about the latest event in the Windsurfing world that blows me away every-single-time. The event is called – Red Bull Storm Chase.


Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Alana Blanchard and something to think about!

And here we goo!
Check out this latest video clip from surfer girl Alana Blanchard. Actually you can check all the previous once as well. And after you have enjoyed the view of all nice beaches, perfect waves and Alana herself of course you can think a bit deeper.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0XmFscqfZ4

Monday, 17 February 2014

Comeback

And here we are!
Since the last post many things have changed in my and Arnas' life and that was the reason we did not post.
I am now studying in the University of Warwick in UK. Top 5 Uni in UK, however not windsurfing wise. Actually it is almost impossible to windsurf around here, - at least for now. Thus, I've joined the rowing club of the university and now I am fitter than ever before.
Arnas has been studying for over a year now, but this year he has started work as real estate agent as well (keep that in mind if you need to sell your wood cabin for a couple millions haha).
In the end we do not really had what to write about as we did not windsurf. However, we knew that you guys are still following us, reading old posts. Each day that I did not write something here was building on me like a pile of bricks. And I reached the moment where I just could't live with it any more.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

FW JYM Worlds Day 2

Today we have offshore wind again. That means that the water is totaly flat, however very gusty.
We had two races already. In the first race I was first and in the second race I was second. Now I have 3 points and sit in the second position. First is Christian Justessen DEN 26. He was second and first.

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

FW JYM Worlds Day 1

Today there were no races completed. Although the race officer got us out on the water and gave 2 starts for the youth fleet. However, the wind was too light and not stable enough for proper racing.
I am feeling really well in these flat water light wind conditions. So we will see how it goes tommorow.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

FW Europeans summary


Third year in a row Latvia we have a major FW event and third year in a row I can say that the event was really successful. This year we had 15 races overall - the maximum.
The organisation was really nice. We had a huge tent on the beach where we could hide from rain showers, chill on sitting bags or leave the equipment. We also had lunch provided, although the portions were really small (had to eat 3 to be half full :) , and the quality of the food wasn't always perfect.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

FW Europeans Day 5 Formula

After the slalom racing was done we moved on to formula racing. The wind was average around 16-20 knots, but the wave was really steep and difficult to climb over. Especially difficult for me, the only one in TOP 30 on SB 167 wide board.
For the first race I went out on 10.7 and it was OK, - I could control the sail but the board was doing everything it wanted on the upwind leg. As that was not bad enough I got a bad start. This one goes for a discard.
I changed down to 9.6 for the second race. It was very easy to control the sail - almost no efforts at all. So I dedicated all my energy to control the board. It was going a bit better, but another terrible start messed it all up again. Once again race for a discard.
After the break I concentrated and just went for a perfect start. Struggling in the upwind, but just flying downwind. I was overtaking 3-5 guys on every downwind leg and they were doing the same to me in the upwind. 21st at the finish line - reasonable result for such conditions.
The last race was a bit similar to the third one. Just that I missed the lay line to the downwind gates in the first lap. As a result I lost 4 places. Finished 25th.

So overall I was 22nd and 2nd in youth. The result like I was expecting in these wavy conditions.

Saturday, 17 August 2013

FW Europeans Day 5 slalom

I was not sailing slalom in this competition so I had a perfect opportunity to watch it from the beach. Actually I was helping to watch other people as well - I took the role of the speaker-boy. It was a really interesting and fun experience and I hope that others enjoyed it as much as I did.

3rd race
1) Arnon Dagan ISR 1
2) Maciek Rutkowski POL 23
3) Steve Allen AUS 0
4) Michal Polanowski POL 16
5) Valentin Brault FRA 823

2nd race start was with a lot of drama. A lot of anger on the beach.
1) Maciek Rutkowski POL 23 takes a bullet again
2) Arnon Dagan ISR 1
3) Michal Polanowski POL 16
4) Steve Allen AUS 0
5) Casper Bouman NED 52

1st race of slalom is over.
1) Maciek Rutkowski Pol 23
2) Valentin Brault FRA 823
3) Steve Allen Aus 0
4) Arnon Dagan
5) Casper Bouman NED 52

18-20 knots outside. Guys are getting ready for 3 full fleet slalom.races.

Friday, 16 August 2013

FW Europeans Day 4

Another day full of intense racing here in Liepaja.
We had 4 races in light wind but full of  action, - at least for me.
The first half of the day was terrible for me. I was going quite well, but at the first mark I almost crashed with Janis Rencis LAT - 0. I was going on starboard and he was on port, however he failed to keep clear. So on the last second I beared of and then I tried to go back upwind, but I ended up in the water. I finished the race in 23rd place.
On the second race it was all over before I even got over the starting line. Just before the start Timo Runge EST 233 came from behind and crashed into my leg. I could not continue the race so I went back to the beach.
The races after the break were much better. Even though I made some mistakes I finished 16th and 17th.
After the race I continued racing on the beach - protests. I launched protests for both accidents and I won them both. My opponents were disqualified and I got redress.