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I’ve updated my facebook site more frequently than this space, so here comes a little summary of what’s been going on.
after my first strike on the opening event of the pwa tour in pozo with a 5th place, i’ve had another 5th in the double elimination of the pwa worldcup in tenerife – putting me into a 4th in the ranking for a month. the next worldcup in denmark i finished 9th, with a bit of an unlucky one in the sencond round. next event up was sylt, but not enough wind there to secure a result. one week later we went to ta torche in france, an epic return of this historic event. we scored really good conditions, with wind for 4.0 and a punchy shorebreak. fun to sail, but the luck was again not on my side, putting me into 8th in the ranking. It came down to the pwa aloha classic on maui. i came 15th, enough to keep my 8th place in the overall for the final ranking. a great year overall, with most events since 2007, really mixed conditions with starboard and port tack events. it’s my 7th Top 10 result in the pwa overall… feels pretty cool to be right up there with soo much talent around! huge congrats to thomas traversa for winning his first world champion crown.
ooh i almost forgot one of the highlights: my first ever indoor event in the national stadium of warsaw. incredible action with live tv coverage and 40.000 people checking it out! pretty amazing to have a windsurfing show featured like a soccer match. i finished 7th place.
here a few shots from the events. all taken by john carter / pwaworldtour.com, except indoor: femke geestmann
North: Which equipment did you mainly use during the races in Noumea?
Pierre: Before to come here we were not sure about the conditions, some people said it is always windy some said you gonna use all the time the big stuff if you are lucky to race. But finally we had some really good conditions and the combo here was 7.8 WARP + Falcon 110. I sailed 95% of my heats with it and just made a try with the 7.0 but it didn’t deliver enough power for the type of spot (everybody kept the 7.8 until 28-29kts here).
North: How close was it become 3rd overall this year and how did you manage to keep down the pressure?
Pierre: It was hard, this year since the level was super super high! On every single race you could have 20 different winners and each round was important. I tried to never count the points all around the year and stay focused on sailing well and be always qualified for the winner ´s finals. I was super consistent and after La Torche the podium was secured with a discard of 6th. Before coming here, I still had a chance to be World Champ but the way was not so easy. I learned a lot from the past year especially with Alaçati 2013 where I was leading during all the event before to loose everything on the last day. This was definitely a trigger for learning a lot about how keep down the pressure. Maybe I try to not think so much about it and I did not really realize yet what I achieved.
North: You showed good consistency throughout the year. Who was your trainings partner on and off the water during the last months?
Pierre: The consistency is the main reason of this amazing season and it’s really important as soon as you have a super long year like this. Since 2 years I worked with a physics preparator and the result is that I can stay focused during the whole season, stay strong and avoid any injuries. On the wate, I spent lot of time on my equipment and try to sail at different spots during all my preparation. I was in St. Barth in the Caribbean during January where I could sail my big equipment on wavy conditions after that I went to Tarifa where I had all the conditions possible, I was lucky to go to Maui in March where I sailed a lot with Matteo Iachino. For testing and training it was a really nice part of the season preparation. And at home I was lucky to have various conditions. The equipment was really good and one thing was very important: I was confident with every single sail/board combo I had. This can explain my consistency, too.
North: What are your next goals as professional windsurfer?
Pierre: For next year the first goal will be to keep this podium place but for sure in my head I have now the gold medal. We will see..
North: How do your week-ends look like without windsurfing?
Pierre: I think I can count this kind of week-end on one hand! It was a busy year. As soon as I could I tried to spend time with my family but at the end it is often on the water with my girl friend, sister/brother and my parents, too! And after sharing a good session I really like to have a good dinner with a bottle of old French red wine;-) .
Congratulations Pierre for a very consistent performance throughout the year and the 3rd place orverall at the PWA Slalom tour 2014. On his Warp F2015 he finished a great season on 3rd overall after the last PWA event of the year in Noumea. Well done!
|2 x British Champ.. boom!|
|Backloop - Balephuil|
|The Broad Sword and the trophy, yeesss!!|
|Lecky fighting hard!|
|Team 15 Rippers at the Loch.|
|Signing session at Tiree Lodge Hotel|
|The moment you get the result, yerr!|
|Hard Work after 5 rounds!|
|Red handed TV crew probing for insight!|
|Dave v Simmer Squadron.|
|Dave showing Backloops run in the family!|
|Finally got my sword!|
|Thank you BWA and Tiree!|
|until next time........|
Lake Neusiedl by Kerstin Reiger
Since we returned from Brittany and our trip to Paris – it was the first one and it was fantastic – back home to Austria, the windsurfing conditions were excellent. Normally it’s really foggy during November. It’s the real start of the cold period, the pre-winter season. This year it’s a bit different. A lot of wind from southern and south eastern direction hit the lake, kept the water temperature high and the temperatures during day and night, too. We didn’t have any snow fall yet or temperatures below zero during the longer night. Just made it on the water two days go and had a good session together with Kerstin. I definitely windsurfed much more compared to what I did when hanging around at the windless World Cup events on Sylt and La Torche. Plus we probably had the most windy day of the season with southern wind on the lake. What a nice November so far!
Jibing from the bird’s eye view with iSonic 107 and Reflex 7,8m. Kerstin takes a shot from land (reverse angle)
The same moment taken from the beach
Kerstin and I in the beach park during a grey windy November day
|Poor Quality shot but taking a beating on a monster!|
|Finn won the overall men's title too!|
|Huge thanks to Emmet O'Doherty for organising the racing in Bundoran!|
|Huge thank you to Paul Byrne and the crew of the Battle of the Bay|
|Incredible group of Irish Women taking their SUP skills and Irish Women's SUP to the next level!!|
The 2015 boards and sails are in! For 2015 I decided to change things up with the equipment. I always like to ride what I feel is the best gear available. After getting a chance to ride the newest version of the Flare in September, I had made up my mind. It will be Starboard and Severne for me going forward! The first thing you'll notice is just how good looking the Starboard lineup is. And the Flare just might be the best looking board I've ever owned. But looks are only the icing on a very tasty cake.
A couple years ago I helped Windsport Magazine take part in a Freestyle Board review for many of the 2013 models. On the top of that list were JP, Starboard and at that time, my favorite board, the Fanatic Skate. Two years have passed since those tests and Taty Frans along with the rest of the Starboard freestyle team have stepped up the game. My complaints about the 2013 Flare were small. It bounced around in the chop a bit and the rails were a little too sharp to make the spinning tricks easy in the chop. Well, for the 2015 model those things have been more than fixed! The board spins effortlessly, and the ride is really smooth and very lively. And the pop!! Amazing amounts of pop!! The domed deck also makes the 2015 Flare effortless to sail. From my first runs on this board I noticed that my level just went up a notch. But what might the best thing about the Flare is that it's easy to sail! So that means not only will guys working on double burners be happy with the Flare, guys that are working on their jibes will be just as stoked with the Flares ability to carry a carve jibe at full planing speed with minimal effort.
For a closer look at the 2015 Flare, check out the video below. I'd also love to answer any questions you might have about these incredible boards.
And if you're in the market for some incredible sails, check out a close up look at the Severne Freek. It's a durable and extremely maneuverable sail all wrapped up into an incredibly light package.
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