after I stayed in Australia for a while of course I also have some footage to show.
Well actually from the little footage we took I even lost some but still enough to make a not so short video.
It shows 3 of the best flat water spots in WA and also some wakeboarding in Thailand.
As the name say we really enjoyed the fascination of flat water.
Thanks to all the people with who I had so much fun on the water.
check this out!
For the upcoming season I join the german Xcel team.
There was not much to say when I drove to the Xcel headquater in Kiel to meet up with Gregor. Since we knew each other from before we just made some jokes, talked some bullshit and came right to the point. He told me what Xcel expects from me as a teamrider and I said what I expect from my sponsor. Fortunatly our expectation couldn't fit any better and it didn't take long until we had a deal.
Which for me is totaly awesome. Since I checked out some of the wetsuits only a while ago I was impressed by the quality and flexibilty which is definatly top of the market. They will keep me warm in the cold german winds which for me is now even colder after a season in Australia
Big thanks to Sven from C-skins and Slingshot who supported me with wetsuits in the last 1,5 years. Fortunatly that doesn't mean the end for our cooperation since I will stay with my beloved kites and boards by Slingshot.
Let's hit the german season!
Since two weeks I am back in Germany now. Although I enjoyed my time abroad so much I also learned to appriciate good old Germany. So when I took my flight back home I was not too sad to have to say "goodbye" but rather excited to say "hello" again.
I have to admit though, temperature- and windwise I miss Woodies/Perth/OZ a lot.
It was definatly not my last stay there and I am looking forward to see all the guys over there again. Hopefully soon!
Slowy my time in Australia comes to an end. So it was time for one big final highlight. Together with my roomies and some other mates from our local kitecrew I went to Thai Wakepark in Bangkok. We had two awesome weeks of riding on this incredible cable with some of the best cable riders in the world and of course also some partying.
Hey, I mean it's Bangkok!
We also took a little bit of footage which will be seen in my new video shortly.
Stay tuned guys!
Like I alread mentioned in my last post we really experience magical moments here in Australia.
Last Week Tom me and Malin went on a camping trip down to Magret River and Augusta where we caught up with some friends who went there as well.
Augusta is one of the few really epic flat water spots here in WA. Its actually a river mouth and the wind comes over a huge sandbank leaving the water behind it perfectly flat. It's one of the spots that we already saw in videos of Youri Zoon etc. So you can imagine I was pretty keen to go there.
Let me say it right away. I would have travelled all the way to Australia for only this 3 days trip to Augusta. Loads of laughes during our whole stay and one perfect day with an incredible session, bbq for lunch, a sunset session and a magical moon rise.
A day none of us will ever forget!
I have to say, this years new years was definatly not like any other year before. Not just that I am spending it in "summer" also we do loads of sick stuff here.
Between christmas and new years we build a kicker for our kitespot Woodman Point. Not just any Kicker. It's actually a "Glowstick Kicker" with loads of Glowsticks which show the kicker as runway. At the first of january we carried the whole kicker to Woodman Point and set it up with the rest of the 2011/2012 Woodman Point Crew (most of them seen on the picture).
The wind was gusty and very strong for my 8m² but still we had loads of fun in a night session. People were ripping it on the water and a big crowd was ready to watch the whole show with blankets and beer. One of several magic moments here in West Australia.
Thanks to Mark Richardson for the idea and all the work (time and money) he put into this project. You created a new years no one will ever forget.
For everyone who couldn't be there. Here is a small but very vivid GoPro edit by Malin Rapp.
Tom and me are in Australia for quite a while now.
It`s still off season so we are waiting for the wind to kick in more often and more predictable.
We have a great time here at the west coast though, visiting new places and meeting loads of new people.
Although it`s still off season we had some sick sessions already. Even worse considering that we haven`t even uploaded any footage so far.
We have already taken a lot of life style shots so now it was time for some action shots.
We waited till the evening for some wind to kick in and the sun to set.
It was the right decision. The light was just mind blowing and the conditions were just good enough to do some tricks.
That was good because the thing with good conditions is that everbody just forgets about the footage and goes out on his own.
In the end Mark Richardson took these awesome shots on my camera with canon lense 70-300mm.
Thanks for that.
And of course some life style shots and two action shots of Tom
after a long time I finally finished my new video. It shows that sometimes you just want to go out and ride instead of sitting waiting. Even if it's a nice moment it's all about riding sometimes.
Anyone who watches the video will recognize that allthough it's all about riding sometimes this Video has some very atmospheric close ups! Exactly the contrast I imagined to create!
Now have a look!
Since the end of 2010 I haven't written anything about whats happening and I should really be more focused on updating my homepage than in the last few months.
So since december 2010 I'm not longer supported by NPX. Instead C-skins offered to support me from that day on. C-skins are some really high quality surf wetsuits which are really as thick as the number on the suit says. Have a lookt at their page.
Then from the end of february I went to South Africa with my sister for 4 weeks. There we had a lot of time to kite, to go wakeboarding and surfing of course. It was already end of season so the wind wasn't as much and as often as we expected it to be. But we still had a lot of good session. In the last week we started to drive along the Garden Route. Well, at least a part of it which was really awesome. I learned to surf a little bit and now I'm willing to keep close to this sport as well.
Since a few weeks my sponsors and me talked a lot about season 2010 and a few days ago I made my decision.
From the beginning of 2010 I will ride Slingshotkites and Slingshotboards exclusively.
In 2009 I allready decided for Slingshotkites and the RPM gave me the chance for a lot of progresses, so I can't really imagine to ride another kite anymore.
Considering such a great teamwork with Slingshot, specially on the Worldcup 2009 I wasn't able do decline their offer they made me. Another important reason was that a teamwork with the same kites and boards seemed to be more effective for each us.
I'm looking forward to ride the new RPM and freestyleboards by Slingshot in the next season and I'm very thankful for that.
On the other side this means a goodbye for the cooperation between me and Underground as well as FamousFrank.
Allthough I think this was the right decision it was still very hard for me.
I allways thought and I still think that Undergroundboards belong to the group of world's best kitesurfingproducts, no doubt.
Since December 2007 I rode Undergroundboards and FamousFrank was my first sponsor. This was a great time for me in which kitesurfing became part of my life.
So I can hardly imagine that I can do justice to the things Underground and FamousFrank have done for me.
Specially Frank Rosin who wasn't just a sponsor but also a friend who gave me a better understandig of the kitesurfingworld. He treated me as fair and nice as he does with every normal client. Thank you for everything! Really!
But now I'm really excited about the upcoming season. Can't wait.
here are the latest News:
About 5 weeks ago I hurt my hand during a skatingsession. Well after one week I started hooked Kiteboarding again. It was ok because we had about 40 knots and I was totaly lit on my RPM 6 and with my 20 meter lines: Some sick Kiteloops.
Anyway, one week later I tried unhooked again and it worked. You can see some pictures.
This Monday I went to the doctor and he told me not to do anything because I have an inflammation in my wrist. So I have to do a break for about 2,5 weeks. At the moment we have no wind anyway and I can go skating.
I hope we have a nice storm soon.
Nevertheless I've got enough to do. I just a few weeks I'll write my A-levels and the exams are allready very hard but at the end of spring I will have finished school.
Aditionally I'm going to work on the design of my website and the next plan is to buy a good HD-Camera to create better videos.
Since last tuesday you can find an interview with me on Sport2.de
Sport2.de is an onlinemagazine which offers you the latest news of several ExtremeSports.
Thank you very much. Here ist the Link for the interview.
So, last weekend we competed on the last Trophystop on Fehmarn. We had crazy winds and a lot of fun.
For met it was a very successful weekend. I was able to win in my first heat against Tobias Hölter and my second heat against Rick Jensen. After these I lost the semifinal against Stefan Permien, so I had to compete in the looserfinal against Jan Schiegnitz for the third place.
It didn't went well. After a blindjudge, a 313 and a backmobe I wanted to do a Sbendpass and a Back2Blind AP but I smashed both times.
At the end I reached the forth place. I'm super happy about that because the mens devision is much harder than the juniors devision last year.
Finally, now we know the overall-ranking for the german championships 2009. For me it's the 6th place this year but I'm fine with that because we had about 33 competitors.
I'm very proud to present my new kite-sponsor for the new Year 2009. For those who know me better, it's not a big suprise. I thought about it for a long time. But since today it's official: Slingshot will support me now. I just took my new Fuels I tested in the last month.
Thanks to Carved who supported me in the past.
That doesn't mean that I'm not longer part of the FamousFrank.com-Team but rather that I'm part of the Undergroundteam as well and today I ride Undergroundboards more passionate than ever befor.
So you can still aks me Questions about everything concering Underground.
This Weekend we had the fourth Kiteloop Contest ever here in Laboe.
Saturday we had really nice conditions, and I learned a lot. I almost landed a L3 and I'm close to a Frontmobe.
For a few times I was lit on my 10 and I tried some high hooked kiteloops.
That's probably the reason why I was able to win the KLC 08 with the "highest Kiteloop".
So this was a nice event. I hope next year it's going to be as awesome as this weekend or even better. We'll see.
Here you can see a few pictures.
And here's the link to more Pictures
I'm back from the German Championship and the Kitesurftrophy 08 in St. Peter-Ording. And first of all: Yes Dudes, I made the third place in the "Juniors"
It was a very nice Event and it was great to see all the other guys again, although the last time wasn't long time ago.
So the first day, there was "no wind".
Tim Kummerfeld, Christian Brill and the other guys took me to a "secret spot" for east-wind. Its was great. The wind was offshore, and there was no wave. It was warm and I was able to ride for 4 hours in my boardshort. I just did all my wakestyletricks, grabbed back to blind, switch to blidn and so on.
The next day we started Race but just for women and men. But in the evening there was a huge tide-way and we all were able to do our best tricks in front of the viewers. I made some huge double-Sbends and a grabbed back to blind. Also I made a very nice backmobe, but I didnt land it. The wind was perfect for my 10.
The next day the single elimintaion in freestyle started. I lost against Tim Kummerfeld in the second heat. Stefan was able to get up to the second place.
In the evening I went very tired and sick. So I wasn't able to make party. I slept for 10 hours and at Sunday I was still a little bit sick and tired.
However, the double elimination started. And I went on further and further until I had my heat for the third place against Florian Staben. I won.
The next heat was against Felix Sorou. I lost my board after 3 minutes and the tide took it under the restaurant there. So I lost.
Tim was able to beat Felix again with a huge and impressive L3, so he made the first place. I feel very happy for my Teammate Tim Kummerfeld. Congratulation.
Stefan Permien lost against Mario Rodwald so he made the second place. However it's a big thing and that's awesome. Of course, Congratulation for Mario.
For the women it was very exciting again but in the end Sabrina Lutz was able to keep her title as the german champion.
Nice one Sabrina.
For me, the third place in the "Juniors" is very cool. It is my first year in the KST and my first german championship. The conditions were very hard, but I gave the best and won a lot of heats. It was awesome. Also the tricks at the Juniors go on and on. Al lot of people can do backmobe, Kgb, Kiteloophandlepass and Slimchance. So it's not very easy anymore.