EUROTOUR Namur & Villefranche

I started my season with the first two Eurotour Grand Slam races in Belgium and France. In Namur we had rather cold and windy conditions compared to the last years. The race was tough due to the extended upwind/upcurrent parts. During the second lap I lost the front pack, during the rest of the race I fought to not get caught by the following athletes. In the end I defended my 7th place in a sprint to the finish line against Pete and Kjell.

For the second race the Mediterranean welcomed us with splendid conditions for a race: Light wind, small swell and the usual mediterranean chop. The course was one of the most fun ones I ever paddled. It had it all in a short 9km: upwind, downwind, sidewind, flat, turns… Considering the quality of the field I am really happy with my 24th place in that one.

Next up is the first race of the Swiss tour: Ermatingen.

The epic GlaGla Race in France

Well that was an epic weekend!

I participated in the first stop of the Alpine Lakes Tour and the Paddle League 2019. We had the most perfect weather conditions imaginable for mid January.  On raceday we had sunshine, no wind and just above zero degrees Celsius.

The distance race went pretty well for me, although I lost the front pack after the first turning buoy. In the end I managed to pull away from the second draft for the last three Kilometers to the finish line for a 12th place.

In the technical race – funny to do beachruns in those temperatures – I managed to secure a solid 8th place.

All in all I am very happy with my results and eager to start the next phase of training, stretching from now to the first race of the EuroTour in Namur, Belgium.

See the video below for some impressions of the race weekend =)

One Week to GlaGla

In less than a week I will participate at the first major race of this year, the GlaGla race of the Alpine Lakes Tour in France. To conclude my training I participated at the training race in Eglisau, organised by the local dragonboat club (dragonboat.ch). The race is held once a month during winter, as a means to keep track of your fitness. The course is 7km upstream and then the same back down, what makes it really technical on the way up, as you have to navigate really close to the shore to avoid the current.

My time was not the best ever, but we had some wind at the turning point which slowed the way back quite a bit down. All in all I am happy with the race and I am looking forward to competing on Saturday!

 

ISA Worlds China Update

Made it to China!

Important update first: The schedule of the whole event has been changed, now the surfing disciplines are first due to the good wave conditions, and the racing disciplines have been pushed back to end of the event. This also means that I am going to do the sprint racing, because Andy will be on his way back to Australia for the King of the Cut. So the updated schedule is as follows:

27th/28th Technical Races (precise times to follow, multiple heats)

30th Sprint Races (precise times to follow, multiple heats)

1st of December Distance Race, around 9-10am local time

I will try to find out the exact starting times of the races as soon as possible,

The conditions here are currently perfect for some beachrace trainings, especially with perfect waves coming through to get some in and out practice. Forecasts say the conditions will get somewhat smaller until the first day of the tech race.

ISA SUP World Championship – Pre Travel Update

Today is the big day, I will be flying from Zurich via Amsterdam and Peking to Sanya!

Here is a provisional schedules of my activities at the event:

Friday 23rd of November: Opening Ceremony

Sunday 25th of November: Long Distance Race

Tuesday 27th of November to Sunday 2nd of December Technical Races according to conditions.

All the schedules and information can be found at isasurf.org including livestreams of all events.

I also want to send out another huge thank you to everyone who has donated to my crowdfunding campaign. You are amazing! Donating will still be possible until the end of the worlds. Here again the link: I believe in you Campaign

 

SUP Worlds China Crowdfunding

[English version below]

Liebe Freunde und Unterstützer,

seit wenigen Tagen läuft mein Spendenaufruf für meine Reise und den Materialtransport an die Standuppaddleweltmeisterschaft in China. Das Mindestziel ist schon geknackt worden, ich bin überwältigt. Vielen Dank an alle, die schon gespendet haben!

I believe in you Kampagne

Das Minimum ist erreicht, das heisst die Reise ist erst mal gesichert. Da wir uns jedoch als junge Sportart noch selbst finanzieren müssen und nicht auf die Unterstützung von einem grossen Verband zählen können bin ich trotzdem um jede weitere Unterstützung dankbar.  Neben den Transportkosten für das Material, die durch das Minimum gedeckt sind, stehen noch Flug, Hotel, Verpflegung, Meldegelder und vieles weiteres an, je mehr Unterstützung ich von Euch bekomme umso mehr bleibt am Ende auch für die Vorbereitung der Saison 2019 übrig. Helft mir also diesen Sport weiter auf einem spannenden Niveau betreiben zu können, spendet, teilt den Link und erzählt es in eurem Freundeskreis weiter!

VIELEN DANK EUCH ALLEN!

[English]

Dear friends and supporters,

since a few days ago, my crowdfunding campaign to finance the travel and transport costs to the ISA sup world championships in China is online. We already reached the minimum funding to make my trip possible. I am proud and thankful for that!

I believe in you campaign

The minimum being reached means that there is a lot more that can be done: there is still costs for my flight, housing, food and much more to be paid for. And the more support I can get from you now means more flexibility to continue training for the 2019 season after the worlds in China. So I am counting on you to be able to continue competing in this sport on an interesting level. Support me, share the link to the campaign and tell your friends!

THANK YOU ALL

SUP 11 City Tour

With the SUP 11 City Tour another big event of the 2018 season is in the books. After doing it for the first time I have to say it really humbles you. No matter how fast or good you paddle in a normal race, this one makes you suffer. So here is a little recap on the tour.

Day 1:

The first day started with good weather and almost without wind. The starting line in Leeuwarden was pretty narrow and the start really chaotic. Managed to catch the wake of Joep, who I lost later due to a mistake under a bridge. From there on it was me and Martijn pushing it together until catching up to Ricardo just before the midway stop. The afternoon was really hot with slight wind from the back. In the end we came in as a pack of three, 8th place for me.

The whole regeneration procedure after the race was new to me, it being the first day, so I did my best but in hindsight I failed to eat enough.

Day 2:

The morning before the race I woke up hungry, what already felt slightly suspicious. Nevertheless, after a good breakfast, I felt good at the start. After the start on the lake we lost the main draft and worked all morning to get back to them. Richard was on fire, putting out a steady pace to get back to them. Exactly for the resting point it started raining to make it a bit less comfy.

After the rest we started as a big draft. The restart as a pack brought me to the front of the pack, leading for some part with Ricardo. After trying to get some rest by getting further to the back of the draft I completely hit the wall and fell off the train after a sharp corner. I guess the whole not eating enough part really caught up. The rest of the day, still about 10km, felt really long after that. In the end I finished 12th, what made me drop back to 10th place overall. So after the race I tried to eat as much as I could to get back stronger on day 3.

Day 3:

Day 3 started with a 12 kilometer timetrial to Bolsward. Perfect to catch up some time I lost on day 2. Key was to be as fast as possible, without draining the reserves to much, because we had to paddle another 30km in the afternoon. The plan for the morning worked out great, making me catch up some minutes by getting in at 7th place.

After the timetrial we had about 40 minutes rest until the restart for the afternoon.

After the restart we paddled in a pack of 4 until the arrival at Franeker. We got lucky with the wind, that really started pushing us into Franeker. In the end I got 9th, holding my position from the days before. Eating more during the race and in the evening really helped me keeping the energy up over the whole days. From there on every day after a race it was 2-3 meals to get the calories back in.

Day 4:

The morning of day 4 we all were in a really good mood because of the forecast. The wind was set to push us all the way from Franeker to Dokkum. The start in Franeker was really narrow and nervous. I got a pretty good start but fell off the train after about 5km. Interesting part was the lock that we had to portage after about 11km. The lock split up all the drafts into small packs, giving me the possibility to play some catch up to the guys wo dropped off.

After the lunch break I worked with Akira to catch up to James and Martijn who had a solid two minutes lead on us at the resting point. We had to work all afternoon but managed to catch them about 4km before the finishline. Just under the last bridge things got turbulent when James hit his head, so nobody really sprinted for the last 50 meters. Came in 9th and made up some good time on Richard being in 10th.

Day 5:

After having favorable conditions for two days we all knew that the last day that would be different. The forecast was 10-20 knots of headwind for almost the whole 27 kilometers. The last day was set up to be another time trial, so no drafting would help us against the wind. At the start I knew that I was in 9th position, with a 5 minutes lead on Richard in 10th and a 3 minutes gap to close to Martijn on 8th.

The first 12km were complete headwind until the crossing in Bartlehiem, from where we had about 4km of calmer conditions. I managed to close the one minute head start to Richard on the first upwind stretch. After the calmer conditions we turned right for the last brutal push upwind towards the city of Leeuwarden. It was only after the finish that I knew I may have closed the 3 minutes gap to Martijn. But it was only after the upload of the complete results a few hours later that I had confirmation of my 8th place.

All in all it was a really crazy experience. And as they say: the first time you are there to learn, the second one to attack!

Summertime!

It is summertime here in Europe! Maybe one of the craziest summers ever, we will see what August will bring.. The lake is already at 25 degrees and there is no bigger change on the horizon.

That being said, July was also a very busy month. After the Eurotour at Scharbeutz I started my training program for the 11 City Tour coming up in September. At the same time we had a lot of courses at the school and the club to forge the next generation of paddlers.

Crowning all this, the SUP Tour Schweiz Race in Nidau took place on the 29th. 

The race was a tough one in the summerheat on a course that was mostly protected from any little wind. The new 2019 strike in 14’x21.5″ performed great on both the choppy parts on the lake and the dead flat stretches of the canals.

After a long head to head fight with Peter Tritten I managed to pull away on the last meters to secure another win and some important points for the final ranking of the tour.

Next up on August 5th we will have my home race here in Zurich. Really looking forward to competing here where I train and work all the time. Hope to see some of you there!