Wednesday, 27 July 2011

PWA Freestyle

So it's been a busy week here in Fuerte with the PWA in town. It's been incredible to watch some of the action live but also a bit disappointing as I'm stiull struggling with this hip injury. I've been told it's something to do with tearing the skin on the bone?! Not too sure what this means, but one to two weeks to recover. It's been over a week now and I sailed the last two days, only managing sliding moves as it causes too much pain to try anything else. Fortunately the wind has been a little light and the forecast is epic, so a few more days rest and then back on it full power.

Tonight is the closing ceremony of the freestyle so I think we make party...

Hope to release a video shortly, when I can find somewhere with decent enough internet to upload it in under 24 hours.....

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Triple dose of Valium!

So had a sick session today, pushloops of knee high waves until about half an hour in when I went for a planning pushie in front of Nick Bentley but too far off the wind and the rotation stopped about three quarters of the way around, where I went full power into the boom. Unfortunately we were about a kilometer downwind of the centre, so some help from my regular rescue team who have now de-rigged for me three times and carried me off the water twice, and an off road drive later and I was on my way to hospital.

Arriving there they recognised me and got my file out... then decided a triple shot of Valium would help ease the pain. No I just have to wait to see if I'm going to be sick or not, as this decides whether I've ruptured my appendix or if its just muscular bruising, etc.... either way it's not ideal and another few days off the water.

Here are some pics from a session a few days ago... thanks to Steffi Hoffmann for the pics.

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Fuerte...two full power weeks!

So we are two weeks in, the first of the weekly videos will be up by the weekend, here are a couple of stills from it:

It's really been full power here, we even took a day off just because it was too windy and we had been sailing fully maxed out for the whole previous week. On a personal note I'm happy that i've learnt quite a lot already, more getting moves consistent then new moves but a couple new ones for me.

Will update again soon with the video and more pictures. The idea behind the video is to push the younger guys as well, so expect to see a lot from the 'groms' who are all out here over the next few weeks! Now time to go sail again in the Lagoon... 4.2 again... love to!

One other thing, thanks to the Rene Egli VW Transporter that drove over my 2012 RRD 100 Twintip yesterday, I now have a board that is in exactly the same condition but with the knowledge that it can take the weight of a loaded VW Transporter... sick!!!

BlackLab video

Check out the new video of our trip around Egypt, some sick editing and filming from Josh at BlackLab...

Thanks to everyone involved and bring on the next video update from here in Fuerte in a few days.