It started out as a weekend at the mens PWA slalom event in Sylt which isn’t that far from Norway. I wanted to check out the action, and meet some of the people I have seen only in pictures. When my Italian sail sponsor heard I was going to Germany, he invited me to the Windfestival in Diano Marina. “since I was in the neighbourhood”! The weekend was extended to a full week of driving, sailing and meeting up with excisting sponsors, and potential ones. 4000 kilometres of driving!
I spent the first two days in Hvide Sande Denmark. 15-25 knots of western winds provides gusty offshore conditions in the Ringkøping fjord. Nice shallow spot, perfect for beginners, or trained windsurfers like myself in need of jibe practice!
Denmark is really easy to like – it so different from Norway, with its flat, windbeaten landscapes. Dunebuggy kiting at Römö, I spent the night here as Sylt is ridiculous expensive. The plan is to go there tomorrow morning, and spend one night in the car if I cant find an affordable place to stay.Wind Power in Hvide Sande. Two good days with great flat water sailing.
I am going to make more videos in the future. Theres just a lot to learn first. This is the first video we have tried to edit ourselves. We used Adobes PremierePro, which seems to be very advanced- just like any other Adobe program we use, its not easy in the beginning, but very satisfying after a while, as the program itselfs accommodates your every wish – no matter what function you need!
This is a clip from our trip to Egypt – theres more to learn, especially about the “filler” shots. We’re used to shoot photographs, where we look for only the best shots. When you are doing video, you need the ordinary stuff as well, in order to tell the story…. I am sure that we will make it work – sooner or later!
This summer has been catastrophic in regards to good winds in Norway. Of course not a problem – We just have to drive more than usual to find wind.
For the past weeks the weather systems has produced south to south eastern winds in the area of Norway where I live. South is perfect for my homespot in Drøbak, but south east is difficult and most often comes with rain.
There is however a hidden jewel deep in the desolate Norwegian mountains that produces great conditions on south eastern directions; Aursjøen in Lesja, about 400 kms from home.
I have spent the last two weekends up here, and my hands can’t hide the fact that it has been very windy indeed! To hell with femininity, I say!
Lake Aursjøen is a water reservoir that is drained during the summer to produce renewable hydroelectricity. This makes the surroundings frigid and rocky, and underlines the great contrast this kind of experience represents to the sandy beaches in sunny places.
I can’t deny that I was pretty scared the first time I went out – winds blowing at 25 knots, temperatures around 7C and big undersea boulders we had to navigate through to get out in open waters!
Some 30 kms of bumpy gravel road from civilization, we camp in our cars. A big warm campfire is going the whole evening, we eat, drink and tell lies of our amazing feats earlier in the day 🙂
Windsurfing at altitude in Norway is totally different experience! If you want you can call it exotic! 😀