Towards the end of July, Leah, Kaia (Our Dog) and I headed down to Oregon for a little over a week of windsurfing in Hood River and the Oregon Coast. We hit a massive heat wave of 40c, and some awesome winds gusting to 40knots while we where in Hood River. By the time we headed to the coast the heat had killed the wind and I only managed one marginal day in Florence.
I’ve been in Brazil for just over a week now, but some how only scored 4 days of windsurfing. It wasn’t because of the conditions, they’ve been awesome, but on the fourth day I sprained my ankle on a willy skipper. But enjoy some of the pictures I’ve snapped more to come and a short video of the few sessions I scored and recorded coming soon.
It had been quite awhile since there was wind in Manitoba. But finally a big south push came through bringing winds from 20 gusting to 30+ knots. While I was overpowered most of the time, I was at points way over powered. I took the break to snap a few pics. Continuing reading for the whole gallery. Sorry I never got around to editing any of them, they are just as I shot them.
A selection of photos from my Trip to Brazil for 3 months while running a windsurfing school. Not tons of windsurfing shots(But a few sweet ones), so its more of a lifestyle slide show. The pictures are all from Icarazhino and Jericoacoara, and shot with a canon 20D.
Well 2011 was an awesome year for windsurfing, but every year is! We`ve got some speed, wave, travel, and top athletes showing us there stuff. Here is my run down on what I think are the biggest stories from 2011! Follow the jump for all 10.
2011 was a busy year in windsurifng, with many accomplishments and a few pit fall, find out about my biggest wins and losses here. Here are the 5 biggest things that happened to me in 2011. Follow the jump to see them all. Lets hope 2012, bring lots of wind, lots of windsurfing, and no more injuries. Happy new years!
The First set of action shots from Brazil. A few local Brazilian boys where out throwing some freestyle moves! Still need to get some pics and video of myself, currently working on a short video with the goPro footage so far. Enjoy.
Crazy 40+ Day at Victoria Beach End of Aug 2011The Season started in April at the 2011 Windsurfing Magazine Board Tests live. I had two and a half great weeks of riding brand new light wind gear and sailing with 30other sailors. Plus I got to stay in some sweet beak front Houses on the Avon Sound. The drive was a killer over 30 hours from Winnipeg to Avon, the way back even worse having to do it with a sprained ankle.
When I returned I had to take a month off the water. Not a big deal since the season didn’t start for a month. The ankle was still giving me some problems, and was attending physio often, I hate to admit its not 100% yet,but nothing I can deal with. Just keeping my fingers crossed I don’t re-injure it. This was the second injury tot eh same ankle.
Pre Season me and a buddy launched Prairie Ocean Windsurfing, a local windsurfing school to help promote windsurfing in Manitoba. Over the summer we got some new blood into the sport and helped people improve there skills, plus had a blast.
This was also the first season I dedicated myself to keeping a windsurfing log, had done it before while racing, but never after every session. This season I recorded a little over 30 sessions, only missing about 5. I sailed mostly 4.7 – 5.8 with a few session on bigger and a few on smaller. Most of my time I was riding at Willow Island or Victoria beach where I scored some huge days. I found the log helped me improve, letting me focus on what I need to work on, and things I did right or wrong during that session. I would deffinitley recomend it to anyone looking to step up there game, and I will for sure keep doing it.
Anyways the Manitoba season is officially over for me, as I’m off to Club Ventos, Icaraizhino Brazil this afternoon.