7 facts about windsurfing every girl needs to know.

1. IT TAKES YEARS. Don’t feel inadequate even if you don’t learn windsurfing the first season. Windsurfing surely must be one of the most complex sports to learn. You have to deal with a bunch of parameters that change intrinsically according to wind, speed and technique. In other words – the rules change completely with a small gust of wind. I am afraid theres only one way to solve this – Time On Water! Day by day, you’ll gradually work the reflexes into your body, enabling you to control greater challenges. This will feel frustrating, but please keep in mind, this is the very reason windsurfers never quit on their sport – theres always something new to learn, no matter how accomplished you are! _NBP00542. YOU WILL NOT DIE. That feeling…..the water is too deep, the wind is too strong, the waves are too big – and theres a SHIP passing right behind you! I struggled with a very realistic fear of all of the above the first years. I still face it when I challenge myself beyond my capacity. (which is pretty much every session! :D) .

Sometime I envy the guys – they are evidently waaay to stupid to understand the peril they are in when they are windsurfing. So no matter how close they are to dying, they just smile, and shrug their shoulders like nothing happened.  I try to learn to be calmer when I get scared, but its not easy!

_NBP01583. THEY ARENT LOOKING. One of my biggest challenges in my first years was the fear of someone looking at me, thinking I sucked. Due to my strong focus on this, (instead of my sailing), my technique suffered whenever other people were around. I have learned over the past 4 years, that other windsurfers are so focused on their own performance, that they couldn’t  care less about yours. They really aren’t looking! Do exactly the same – stay focused on your own technique, and I promise you your performance will improve immediately! The picture below is from my first slalom race only some weeks ago. The first day my adrenaline levels were high, and I messed up thoroughly. During the second day, I relaxed more and more, and my performance gradually improved. All due to the fact that I changed my focus from them to me. As it should be! glesvær64. ITS NOT YOU – ITS THEM!  Boyfriends, instructors, whoever – its their fault. Its totally ok to feel a little angry with them for giving incomprehensible advice. They don’t feel fear, and they can’t make themselves understood. Seriously, I think hiring an external  instructor every now and then is a good idea – probably he will tell you exactly the same as your boyfriend has been telling you for years, but its like you understand it now.  In the picture below I might have been slightly resentful towards the photographer. I can’t recall what happened, but I sure he deserved every decibel of my wrath!  😀
miriamsint5. WHATS WITH THE CAMPING?  For some reason windsurfers love to sleep in their cars – no matter how many hotels there are nearby. This seems to be a matter of principle, like some kind of tradition. Whatever it is, I don’t like it. Girls need hot water, and big bathrooms, is that so hard to understand? To a certain extent I have adapted to this way of life, I have learned that you can survive a weekend of camping with limited trauma if you prepare well. campingliv6. BUILD YOUR BODY. Windsurfing is a technical sport, but you will be better off whilst learning if you work your upper body to get a little more oomph. The feeling of being slapped around the first years, was clearly a matter of limited strength in my upper body. I started working out after the first season, and every year the rules have changed drastically due to my ability to control the gear when the going gets tough. The best part is that I don’t get scared in the same way as I did before. To the left in the picture below, is me after my first season. To the right is me today. I weigh 5 kg more today than back then.  Your need for strength will correspond with the weight and size of the gear your handling.

miriamførnåutstyr 7. DONT QUIT! You will get your reward! This is the very first time I planed whilst windsurfing. I will never forget that feeling. Once you get there, you will be lost to this sport for the rest of your life. Keep in mind that the very reason that so many devote their lives to windsurfing is that it is so challenging to master. You will feel like you have accomplished greatness when you have learnt it at a satisfactory level. You will be really proud of yourself! So keep charging, keep swearing and stay focused on what you are doing yourself! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

10 reasons why every girl should start windsurfing!

I started windsurfing at 30, as a mother of two children aged 4 and 8. Windsurfing has changed my life into a fantasy of dreamlike experiences which only keeps on getting better and better. I found the article “10 reasons why every girl should start kiting” on http://www.thespinoffproject, and adapted it to windsurfing.

Here are the reasons that you really really really should give windsurfing a try!

1. TRANSFORM YOUR BODY. Windsurfing is like a crossfit workout – only more fun! You won’t even realise that you have been working out until after the session. Your body will turn into the body you’ve always dreamt of in a season or two.

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2. EAT ANYTHING YOU WANT. When you windsurf you burn close to a 1000 calories per hour. My biggest challenge when I windsurf more than three days in a row, is to eat enough! In the picture I am eating Focaccia con lardo, focaccia covered with pure lard! 

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3. FORGET YOUR WORRIES. The minute you step onto the board, everything but the moment you are in is gone! Blast away into the sunlight, feel the wind through the hair, and I swear you will never feel happier in your life.windsurfnews speilvendt 4. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH HAPPY PEOPLE. You’ll meet people who have already discovered the benefits of windsurfing – they are all happy, of course 🙂

collage syltitalia15. TRAVEL THE WORLD. When you windsurf, traveling to the most amazing places on the face of the earth comes natural! You enjoy these places even more when you windsurf as you interact with the scenery, the waves and the wind, instead of passively watching. 10513512_10154285465490144_5169153113670810266_n
6. LOOK LIKE A BEACH BABE. Smooth skin, golden tan, wavy beach hair and sexy beach clothes – need I say more? kumbeach7. MEN LOVE WINDSURFING GIRLS.  There is something irresistible about a girl who’s  windsurfing for most men. If your boyfriend’s a windsurfer he will love you even more – instead of creating conflicts when he is going out, you go together and share this fantastic way of life!happy hour
8. ITS FOREVER. Windsurfing has no age limit – some of the best windsurfers in the world are closer to 40 than they are to 20. The windsurfers in the picture below are all between 60 and 78 – and they live to windsurf! It is never to late to start – you are in for decades of fun almost no matter how old you are. texasportrettcollage 9. NEVER GET BORED. Enjoy the versatility of windsurfing – ride waves, blast over flat waters on your slalom gear, to do some freestyle tricks. No session is the same, but the experience is always great! PMF_0124 10. BUILD YOUR SELF-RESPECT. If you learn to windsurf, I can guarantee that you gradually will change into a cooler, more confident, more relaxed person. No one can take the fact that you master windsurfing away from you, and thereby you base your perception of yourself on something very real.  Once you achieve this you will never look back!aursjøengrillliten

 

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Slalom training in Stavanger

stn 10 I spent this weekend in Stavanger together with Norways best slalom sailors; Sondre Krey , Kristian Oppedal and his daughter Helle. Sondre is the only Norwegian slalom sailor competing in the PWA at the moment. stn 6 (1 of 1)In gusty winds from 25 to 35 knots an temperatures from 6-11 degrees the sessions were challenging. The purpose of my visit was to sail with the best, in order to improve my skills.

My biggest challenge were the +30 knots winds. I weigh slightly over 60 kilos, and my smallest sail is 6.3. When the gusts hit I got scared, and too much adrenaline gives me pump in my forearms. I have however been sailing several sessions properly overpowered the last weeks, and I notice my tolerance for this is improving.  A 5.5 Aero+ race sail is on its way from Challenger sails as we speak, so 2015 season will be better on days like this! stn 3 These guys totally rule! Its amazing to see the control they maintain even though they are insanely overpowered! My perspective on things changes when I sail with windsurfers this good. stn 5 (1 of 1)Both my trim and my technique changed over the weekend due to the tips I got from these guys. My stance is better, I’ve gained more control over the board during the reaches, and my speed picked up. My new slalom boards from Novenove were different than my old ones, so when I used the old trim, the nose went up too high. After moving the straps, changing the fin, adjusting the mast foot position and my stance they fly!
stn 8 (1 of 1)This is Helle, Kristians 13 year old daughter. She’s one of Norways outstanding young talented windsurfers. Watch this one in the future!