Korean kick off

Well the time has come. Beggining of May and our first PWA slalom event in Korea. Everybody ready everybody charging. I had a bit hectic time before I left because have to mov the whole family back to Czech and straight after we had to move to the new appartment. It was hell of a six days of packing and moving. So glad that I was sitting on the plane tired but happy that all went almost smooth.

Luckily after I arrived to Jinha beach there were few days to recover from the long journey and jetlag. And then the game has begin. Classic Korea. Up and down gusty shifting wind. Conditions I like and that is why I’m coming every year back. Unfortunately after this event I’m not sure anymore. I don’t remember having so much bad luck in one event and like a bonus one big mistake of my self. What a start to a new season.

We manage to finish 2 eliminations thru the whole week. We had quite nice windy second day already when I was sailing almost for 4 hours but somehow we didn’t even try to start. I still think it was a mistake but I respect race director decision. The day D was the fourth one. Starting with the biggest gear and ending up on 7.8 and medium. I had a good beggining. First start and easy coming on qual.position but the heat was cancelled. Then tried another few starts when my outhaul rope broke. Repairing it on water for ages but I made right before my red flag signal. I had to fix it without any chance to adjust it during sailing so had to race with a balón. Anyway average start and jibing still on fourth. Then the wind hole and I was passed by the guy behing my. Tried to make a comeback but catapulted over plastic bag in full speed. Game over nr. 1. Dissapointed but ready to fight back. Next elimination next start and plastic bag on my fin straight after the start. Took me a while to get rid of it but definitely last on the jibe. And then the God opened his arms and gave me the chance to come back on the last buyo….and I blew it! Hard to explain what happened there but in the end I didn’t turn the mark properly and that’s why have been disqualified. Disaster! I didn’t feel so bad in very long time but had to suck it up and focus for the last days. Unfortunately no more racing in Korea.

Honestly I didn’t even check my result because it was just way too much for me. Big disappointment because I was working very hard over the winter and gave all in. But sometimes is like that. Have to take it easy and keep my line. I feel that Im there and just have to show it. Fingers crossed for Costa Brava.

PS: On the other side there was one big positive. Our Fanatic/Northsails team took 3 places in TOP10 and Pierre took bronze. What a proof that our gear works perfect! Very happy for the guys and hope we can repeat it.

photo: PWA/Bellande

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Serious traning underway

Yeah! I’m fully on it! Since 8th of March we have the racing camp here in Tarifa with some other top guys and even if the wind is not playing ball with us right now we already had some nice racing days on the racing course.

Since my last post it has been just great time. Lots of sailing but not only slalom. We had some nice jumping sesssions in Canos a finally some decent speed sesh at Campo (you can check the report from the speed day at Czech Redbull site). I was at home for a week as well to see my family and for a bit of recovery. I would say it is classic Tarifa with a bit more levante than usual but I don’t mind. Loving it here and pushing my limits every day.

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Tarifa time

It has been a while since my last update but it was a moving time. End of January I packed all my gear with some more family stuff and I drove back to Tarifa where I will spend next 3 months full of surfing sailing and preparing for the next season.

Since I’m here is has been good. We are sailing more or less every day so it is good for tuning all my gear. “Unfortunately” it is so windy that no chance to try my biggest gear so far. The most used combo is 7.7 Warp and 111 Falcon and I really like it. Like a cherry on the cake strong Levante arrived yesterday. Fully overpowered on my 5.7 and smallest board reminded me that Tarifa is one of the few places you can get some serious high wind slalom sailing and it is shame we don’t have any PWA event here.

We had already some good wave sessions as well. Port tack riding starboard tack jumping. But is has been some time since my last wave sailing so I might need a bit more practise to feel comfy in waves again.

All in all so far so good. I hope that things will go smooth and I will feel some proper improvements.

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Prague guerilla and Christmas sailing

After couple of difficult months where instead of hard time in gym I was struggeling with multiple cold the windsurfing God sent me present. December sailing in my country. Never did it before. First was on 19th of December when I decided after 2 years of waiting hit the the river Vltava in Prague center. Called my very good friend and photographer Jiri Pisa and we tried. Spent there over 3 hours and most of the time waiting for the right gusts but in the end I had couple rides so I was pretty happy. Mission accomplished! I proofed that City sailing in Prague is possible. Next session was 3 days later at secret spot near my home town. This one was more radical because it was only 5C and the water had like 3C. I tried a bit of speed sailing because it was super flat but in the end no decent speed just a few jibes and ” speed runs”. Didn’t sail long but definitely enough. I was pretty happy again.

Unfortunately I paid the price just on the Christmas Eve when I had to lay down with proper flu. Spent there one week. Bit ruined Christmas but it defintely worth it. Now I have a few more weeks for the gym prep and then finally to Tarifa for few months.

You can check the Prague guerilla photo story on the Red Bull site.

 

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The 2014 season is finally over.

Yep, finally!

Season full of contrasts full of up and downs. I managed to take part in 7 events including the reborn Indoor in Warsaw which was very intense experience for me but generally it was very hard and inconsistent season.

I had only one event I was a bit satisfied with my performence and thats not really enough. Although I was feeling good and strong I just haven’t been able to put all the pieces together to make a proper result. Sometimes I was a bit unlucky but most of the time I was loosing my focus which always leads to disaster. I think my overall results explains everything. Not exactly where I wanted to be.

On the other side Im finally happy with the gear and with the team we have right now. Of course windsurfing is individual sport but I still believe you need to have a good working team and good team spirit. We had so much fun during the year. We worked hard on the new gear. We helped each other. I hope we can keep it like this as long as possible.  Honestly this is one of the things which was keeping my mood up and which keeps me motivated.

And now the future. I was thinking a lot after the season. First had to sit down with my family and then I had to talk to all the sponsors if they still believe in me. Its not easy these days. Specially if you have a family and your windsurfing things don’t go as you expected. Some of the decision are not anymore only up to me like it used to be. But Im very happy to enounce that I will be at least one more season on the PWA tour and it is my pleasure to stay on the Fanatic/North team.

So decision made! Now it’s time to spend some quality time with my family at home, start to work on physicall strenght and in January move back to Tarifa. Can’t wait!

Big THANK YOU to my family for the support and understanding and all the sponsors.

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2014 gear for sale

Yeahhh! New gear arrived so it is time to get rid of the older one. I have some 2014 sails, boards and other stuff to sell for really nice price and all in really good conditions. So if you are interested just drop me an email and for sure we will find solution.

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Hectic summer time

It has been looooong time since my last post but I just tell you it was hectic. Way more hectic then ever. With the windsurfing center, racing and the family I just couldn’t sit down to write something clever.

So on my racing site it is still pretty tough. Turkmenistan was more or less joke as we didn’t even manage to finish one eleimination even if the unfinished one became valid as a results. Unfortunately for me with last place again. I had a tough heat so had to go all in which didn’t paid off in the end. More interesting was the shiting contest. We all had sooner or later difficult diarrhea and some of us were pretty sick and most of us lost some hard gained weight. It took me some time to recover and get ready for the next comp on Fuerteventura. And the island didn’t disappoint. Nice wind for 7.8 and 7.0 the whole time. We did like 8 races. I felt pretty good again. Gear worked well, healt as well but still coudn’t put all my shit together again. At least managed to finish one elimination on 26th place which would be normaly average result but in my situation was menthally  very helpfull. But overall unfortunately bad result again.

Next stop was Turkey which is always the hardest stop on the tour. Easy wind and flat water means everybody is charging everybody wants to win. This year wasn’t any different. Everydays wind for 8.6-7.8 ment racing everyday allday. I never  had a good result here and it was always my discard. Luckily this one was a different story. Finally I didn’t make any fatal mistakes, I seemed to be focused with a good speed and good gybing. Sometimes a bit unlucky with the heat seedings but this is how it works. I managed to make couple good heats with one almost to the semi. Unfortunately for me the best heat I had ended up with massive crash on the first mark when I catapulted over the Portugese dude who just trew his sail in front of me during gybing. Broken board and my magic fin. Honestly I was very angry at him as it was stupid and unnecessary mistake of him. Anyway finally happier with my performance even if the overall result was not that brilliant. I hope I just woke up and for the rest of the season it will be only better and better. Enough strugelling!!!!

After the event I stayed a few more days in Alacati for the North testing with the whole team. It was a nice time and we did a good job over there (you will see pretty soon). After I landed in Prague I jumped straight behind the steering wheel drove to Germany pick up my new gear because on the menu was INDOOR in Poland where I had the wildcard for slalom. I just have to say WHOW!….I will post the summery of the Indoor in a few days.

All the other things seem to be going well. My son is getting bigger and bigger finally starting to move like a human. I love time spent with him and my girlfriend together. I wish I could be more with them but over the summer is like mission impossible.

And finally the windsurfing center. Now when the season is more or less over I can say that we had a good start and a good season. I have so much feedback which I have to think about now. It won’t be easy but I believe in it. Looks like that even in my country is a lot of people who want to learn sailing and thats super positive news.

Pics: PWA/Carter, Jose Pina

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