PWA Tenerife

When the PWA in Pozo was finished, I was glad it was time for another spot. Although, I didn’t know what to expect from Tenerife (el Medano) at all. The PWA arranged our equipment going to Tenerife by ferry, perfect. I did get a lift from Victor by car on the boat, thanks!

The atmosphere in Tenerife is way different then in Pozo. Everywhere are nice restaurants and it is a lot more layed back! The surf/sailconditions are also way different: lighter wind, but bigger waves. My parents are in Tenerife too :D and I sleep at their apartment. It’s nice now they can see where my passion is all about. They never saw me sailing on the ocean before, so even when they see me passing the shore brake they already looking proud. For sure I explained them some moves so that they wouldn’t cheer too enthusiastic when I just jumped


My heat in the single elimination against Alice I won. Did some wave rides and a forward. In the afternoon my heat was supposed to be against Karin Jaggi. I was waiting in the shorebrake and when my watch told me it was time I sailed out, made a nice forward and some waverides. Then when I looked around I saw there was something wrong. Came back and the heat was cancelled, cause two guys had a fight about the heat before….

Allright so my heat was next morning at 9 ‘o clock. With my not-morning-person-head I still did a proper forward again and some wave rides. I was a bit disappointed about the fact I couldn’t try a pushloop, cause I didn’t had enough power. Karin Jaggi also did a forward and better waves rides. She is a very good waverider and you can see she has a lot of experience.I lost. My double elimination I had to go against Heike Reimann. This was my first heat I didn’t enjoy it at all. Cause my board is just 64L, I couldn’t manage to plane. In the heat I changed my sail to a bigger one and it was still not working. Couldn’t jump at all! I was soooo frustrated. At least I made some pretty nice wave rides. Heike won, cause she made a forward and sailed a good heat. Never I felt so disappointed after a heat! I really need a bigger board somehow?!

In the final the girls where ripping. Karin Jaggi and Nyra Alonso showed that they are very good wave riders! The twins where showing some amazing loops and perfect waverides.

results womans fleet:

  1. Daida Moreno
  2. Iballa Moreno
  3. Nayra Alonso

9.    me

After 3 days the single and double eliminations were already done, so there came a expression session. That means everybody together and see who made the best move or wave ride. I did a forward and almost landed a backloop. Evi Tsape won the jump by a pushloop en Karin Jaggi did the nicest wave ride.

The PWA in Tenerife organised everything very good. The was a huge opening parade, nice dinners, good partys, could play golf and one day we went to the waterpark. In the waterpark we did get a bracelet so we didn’t had to wait anywhere. Perfect! We were happy like little children up the stairs and sliding down as fast as possible.

The PWA event with all the sailors, friends and parents in Tenerife was really fun! Thanks everybody for making it such a nice event.

PWA Pozo, tomorrow PWA Tenerife.

My first contest is done! I really enjoyed it! I didn’t expect it to be so much fun! I learned already a lot about sailing heats. Especially when I looked back at some judge papers. It’s pretty hard to sail a good heat. Everything you can, you have to show in that 10 or 12 minute heat! And for sure you not gonna get the best conditions that day in your heat.

Should I try a back- or pushloop on a wave I normally wouldn’t do, cause I know it’s tricky? Time is running…. Can’t find a good wave, crash, get nervous, try it again and crash?! Whaaaa I sometimes gets crazy! On the other hand, I couldn’t take my smile of my face when I landed a backloop. My mood go’s up en down. How I handle these kind of mood swings?! I know a lot is just all in the brain. Unfortunately after sailing 3 heats I still didn’t find out. This is probably gonna take some time….

But then I’ve got also the adrenaline! That is making me even thinking less! I go fully for it. I’m way more determined than ever. Even my painful knee after falling from the stairs just before my heat (how stupid), wasn’t bothering me at all in my heat. While afterwards I couldn’t bent/walk at my knee normal anymore.

Before my heat against Iballa I wasn’t nervous at all, cause I knew that girl is number 2 of the world and really rip! So she did and I didn’t!

My heat against Evi Tsape I first already had a catapult when I went out, washed and did get nervous. First I crashed a pushloop but after that I made a very nice pushloop to compensate. I tried some backloops, but somehow they were way worse than my normal tries. This time my nerves played a big role. Wave riding went okay. Evi Tsape also landed a pushloop and table top and did some nice wave rides I heard. She did very good and won.

After all I’m 9th. I think I’m pretty okay with that result after my first contest and I know contest can be fun! It’s also nice to see that sailors of the PWA all has the same crazy passion for windsurfing as me. They all leave a lot things, just to windsurf as much as possible! Windsurfing ROCKS!

Yesterday I came in Tenerife. The conditions here a way different then in Pozo. In Pozo I sailed with 3.0m and 64L full Power. Here I sail with 4.7m sail,… feels so big! Especially compared to the board! I hope I can rent a bigger board from someone at the contest. So if anybody has a spare one in Tenerife. Please let me know?!

Tomorrow the PWA in Tenerife will start!

My first PWA experience

Today I sailed a heat against Fanny Aubet. My first heat ever in the PWA!

Set my stopwatch….how exactly does it work with the yellow, red and green flag? How long is a heat (15 minutes this time)? Which sail should I use? And then….I broke my mastextension in a wave 20 minutes before my heat started. My board drove alone back to the shore, but Justyna caught it and I caught my sail. O noooo! Luckily I could rent  a new one from Pozowind, thanks! Then I had to put a new Gran  Canaria sticker in my sail because I lost it again…. And a flagg in my mast? What is this all about? I didn’t know, never saw those flaggs before hehe.  Stress? Everything was new for me, but I’m used to chaotic situations a could laugh about it.

Unfortunately the conditions were not that good. Very gusty wind and not a lot of waves. Still I started my heat pretty good with a backloop. Not the most nice one, but was glad I landed it!

Then I tryed a pushloop on a perfect wave with not enough wind.  Ended up with my hook of my harness into my sail and did get stucked. Actually it was pretty funny, because when I did try to get out of my sail I made the hole even bigger. How worse can it get?

It was hard to find good waves for wave riding and no wind in the inside. Well somehow I found a couple and made some okay wave rides.

I also did a very ugly forward with no power. But well, at least I did.

After my heat I had no idea how Fanny was sailing, because I was only busy with my self.

People at the beach told my I won the heat and yeah I did! Very happy about it! And….sailer of the day (! Wat is deze?

Tomorrow I need to sail a heat against Iballa. She is the second best woman sailor of the world, so I have no change. That’s why I feel no pressure at all. But of course I will pull everything out for myself! The conditions for tomorrow look promising: stronger wind a bigger waves! I bet it’s going to be fun!

The skippers meeting is at 9.00 o clock, so big change I already need to sail in the morning.

At is a live stream. And at de PWA site:  you can click at the live ticker and read what is happening. Also some pictures and movies on those websites ;).

Well, I’m going to relax right now!