This summer I spent 3 weeks training in El Medano, Tenerife. Now that I have retuned I finally have some time to do some typing. I sailed 2 to 3 times everyday for 3 weeks in a good mix of sailing from very marginal 5.0 flat to hanging on to my 4.0 wishing I had brought my 3.3 !
Big thanks to Julian Salmonn for letting me stay with him for the first week. Really good to have a local contact and ripper as a friend.
This is all my packing that I hauled to Tenerife by myself.
Luckly for me these beauties arrived just before I packed my bags. I got a 4.2, 4.7 and a 5.0 and I must say I love them ! They are fantastic to sail, They feel so light and responsive, Plus they are nice and bright !! I am really looking forward to trying them out with the new 3 batten option while "proper 'wave sailing at home. Big thanks to Jeremy at Jamie Knox for getting them to me before I left.
My first week in Tenerife was epic ! On my first day I arrived at 4 O'clock, got a taxi at 4:30 and by 5 o'clock I was out sailing on the water ! I had a great time sailing with Julian and Tim Van Dam, It was great for us top push each others sailing standards. We had wind everyday varying from 4.0 weather to 5.0 sailing, So we had a bit of everything whilst training for the event.
|The Opening Ceremony|
Week two was the week of the Competition. For this week I was staying with my Dad who had just arrived, We were living right on the event site at Cabezo which was pretty cool but that wasn't the best part of that house, Downstairs we had a kit storage room which we happened to be sharing with Robby Swift, Marcilio Browne and Ricardo Campello ! This did mean we didn't have much space for our kit but it was still pretty amazing ! By the end of the week they all knew me by my name which is something I couldn't of really imagined ! I also made good friend with Alex Mussolini and Alessio Stillrich.
|Hanging out with Alex Mussolini and Adam Lewis|
View from our house ! for the comp week, event site and judges tower
|Riging up in our stacked kit room !|
I was also Robby Swift's caddy for the event. which was a real good experience especially seeing as that he ended up with 6th place beating the likes of Dany Bruch and Thomas Traversa.
|One of the waves from my heat|
I was also really amazed by Jager Stone's sailing ! It was epic what he could do on the waves whilst everyone else was struggling to do anything. and also very impressed by Crazy Antoine Martin and his triple push loop attempts.
|Stickring up my new sails|
For the 3rd week I was joined by Eoghan ,a friend from Ireland. It was a nice change to have an irish person around the place. With Eoghan arriving I still found time for Sailing everyday, The sailing also felt quite odd sailing Cabezo without 30 of the worlds best all trying to get the 2ft waves !
During my 3 weeks of sailing I have really improved my sailing in all aspects, Onshore wave-riding, jumping,and just all round a better sailor.
|Backloop photo from behind the bunker |