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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TM Windsurfing center

I’m proud to announce that I fullfiled another dream of my life ( besides being pro windsurfer, sail in Olympic games, have a healthy baby and loving wife) and opened small windsurfing and test center at my home lake Nechranice. It took me some time before I decided to go for it as this kind of bussines is not very profitable in Czech Republic. But I believe that it is going to be better in the future and right now I can imagine my self rather on the beach than behind the desk killing people with law advices and writing fat invoices. My passion for windsurfing is still stronger than anything else.

Anyway the dream comes true and since 1st of June we are opened and loaded with equipment from Fanatic, North Sails and other brands. I’m praying for nice summer season to have a good start. So if you are around and want to have some fun with windsurfing gear or just paddle across the lake give me a shout.

FOR MORE INFO CHECK our Facebook site

Nechra rulezzzzz!

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1st PWA event of the year

Well had to take few weeks break to chill out a bit before I could write short update about the Costa Brava.

It has been a tough one for me. 2 weeks before the start I injured my neck spine and instead of tuning my form I was doing nothing hoping for fast recovery. First time I hit the water was the 1st day of the event and even if I felt pretty good I was missing those 2 weeks of intense training.

But on the other side I have to say that this year we had at least some wind. The expecting Tramonta wind which was destroying the sailors at Deffi didn’t arrived at its full force but at least something. We sailed 7.8 and one heat with 7.0 as well ( I think I didn’t use this size last year at all ). Unfortunately for me we managed to make almost all racing in one day which was obviously not my day. To late at the starting line which makes your heat almost over, not enough sharp elbows and no power in decisive moments. Those are the reasons why I sailed like I sailed. No excuse on my gear which was working pretty good no excuse on the conditions which were the same for all of us. The fact is that I didn’t sailed even my average and I had to sort that out. I can take one disaster event like this (hoping for discard) but the next one has to be different story.

And Im really working on it! Im leaving to Turkmenistan in 2 weeks so still enough time to put my shit together and show what Im really capable of.

 

foto: PWA/Carter, Jose Pina, Kerstin Rieger

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Tarifa time has come to the end

I can’t even describe how the time goes fast. It seems like 2 weeks ago when I moved to Tarifa and there we go Im on my way back home. It feels like this year was even faster than the previous one. Maybe it was. We sailed a lot this year, I had fantastic 4 weeks with my family there, had couple rough moments with my health and injuries as well and much more stories. All in all I haven’t been bored even for 1 minute.

Anyway I decided to join the 1st Spanish slalom event in Almeria on my way back as I needed to practise couple more things and tune up the gear in real races. In the end it was  a good decision. It was a great event with good conditions and high level of all the riders. As I wrote  I took it as a practise for the upcoming season and it was just brilliant. Over the 3 days I sailed Warps 9.2, 8.6, 7.8 and even 7.0 with Falcon 140, 110 and 90. My goal was not to care about the results but mostly try all the grear combos in real races, tune up my starts and sharp my elbows (which was not really possible as the racing was according to IFCA rules:). But in the end I did what I had to do. Good moments, mistakes, some wipeouts and risky jibing. Congratz to Ben, Ludo and Fernando for the podium. I finished 5th as I skipped the last final of the event due to a katapult I had at the first gybe.  I still have more then 2 weeks to complete my preparations to be ready for the battle in Korea. 

pics: Jose Pina, Dephine, Dennis Little

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Tarifa is full ON

Well it has been pretty difficult last couple weeks because the Tarifa is just ON!

Almost 2 weeks of strong Levante with some days over 50 knots of wind. Sailing most of the time my 5.5 and 6.2 Warps and Falcon 90 with my Falcon speed 51. There were even couple of days we couldn’t sail here so we went to Algeciras for a bit lighter wind conditions  which means 6.2 fullpowered. It has been nice but pretty rough time for all of us. So I could finally sail th whole quiver and I have to say there is no bad gear at all. All small sails and boards work really good for me.

For me personally the hardest one was speed sailing at Campo the other day in the morning. Wind gusting up to 52 knots with pretty nasty chop which made the speed sailing pretty dangerous (at least for me). With 5.5 overpowered and 9kg on my chest it was mission. Death in my eyes every run but in the end no harm done so all good. I pulled out V max of almost 40 knots which is not bad I would say.

Now we are back to normal. Sailing bigger gear, hitting gym and biking.

I love being windsurfer!

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foto: Martina Prašilová, Sebastiene Bonhomme, GoPro