For those of you that celebrate Christmas, we wish you lovely days with your family and friends wherever you are. We are at home in Austria celebrating with our families. For New Year we will be in the mountains and hope for some fresh snow…
How did the windsurfing stars celebrate and what are their wishes for the upcoming year? We asked Sarah-Quita Offringa, Marcilio Browne, Camille Juban, Jaeger Stone, Lina Erpenstein, Jordy Vonk, Tonky Frans, Dieter van der Eyken, Oda Johanne, Amado Vrieswijk, Adam Sims, Loick Spicher, Riccardo Marca and Antoine Albert how and where they will spend Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
I had my last windsurfing session at Hookipa yesterday. I will just celebrate quietly on Maui this year and spend some down time around here after so many trips.
Just wish happiness and health for next year. Me and my wife are expecting our first baby that is coming in March, so we are very excited.
I celebrate Christmas with my mother and step dad (they were in Maui for the Aloha Classic) and with friends. Last time I sailed was at the beginning of December when I came back from Maui. For New Year there is the old surfing community which organizes a big party with 400 people and I know 350 of them so it’s perfect to end and begin the year. My wishes are to find my future wife and do better result in PWA as well as keep on doing good in IWT.
I have been home for 2 weeks after a perfect South American windsurf training adventure. I’m enjoying winter and Christmas at home for a few weeks. Last 6 days I have been at a family gathering every single day. Great food and people. At the same time, I have had one of my best off the water training periods with cross-country skiing, crossfit, and climbing. Today we packed our bags and drove towards my family cabin in the mountains. We have some friends that will join us and we will camp outside in the snow in sleeping bags and wake up outside in nature in 2019. Not bad! After that, I hope to be on the plane and find some wind somewhere. Too many weeks without sailing is not healthy!
I’m well, enjoying home and time with my friends and family. I haven’t windsurfed in 8 weeks since injuring my ankle in Maui so am just waiting for that to get back to 100%. Can’t wait to start sailing again and hopefully it’s soon! I’m spending this week fishing and camping in the North West of WA with my family. It’s been 40deg celsius the last 3 days and this part of the country is so beautiful. In 2019 I would like to continue enjoying my time both at home and when I’m away, windsurf, surf and fish as much as possible and not feel guilty for eating ice cream!
Dieter van der Eyken
I’m currently in the Netherlands and Belgium visiting friends while staying at my girlfriend’s parents for Christmas for the first time in 5 years. I have been sailing quite a lot recently and my last session was Thursday at home in El Medano. After Christmas I will fly to Australia on Thursday for a 4 week trip to work on the 2020 products and plan another full year with Severne. My wishes for 2019 is as always a lot of windy days and lots of fun sessions. Besides that I hope to spend more time at my new home in Tenerife than I did so far this year. I’m looking forward to enjoy my 10th year on the PWA worldtour with hopefully some new spots and great conditions.
I’m really happy Christmas holidays started now. The time before is always a stressful one at uni. We had a couple of exams and I was studying more than I was windsurfing. So I’m really happy to have some time off now. I’m celebrating the 24th at home in Germany with my family. We sit together and have a really nice Christmas dinner and afterwards we all open our presents that we give each other. The next day I fly to Tarifa. I once lived there for half a year so it’ll be nice to see some friends again and hopefully get on the water as much as possible. 2018 has been an incredible year, both on tour and personally. I’m happy that studying and windsurfing at the same time worked out so well and I’m hoping to continue with that in 2019.
I am doing great besides some minor injuries after kicking a rock late one night. On Christmas Day, had a fun riding session at Whitsands, 3-4m walls with some punchy close outs in front of the rocks. Cape Town has been a bit slow this season but looks like it’s all kicking off now. Got an awesome crew out here this year (Flo Ragossnig, Olli Ando, Oli Stau and Adrien Bosson), everyone super motivated to surf and windsurf so we are on the water every day. We had a fun Christmas Eve at the Mystic house beach party, Jordy Vonk and a few guys were there also. And then yeah just windsurfing and swapping a few funny presents on Christmas Day.
For New Year we will all head into Cape Town to join the New Year celebrations, there’s almost some pretty awesome beach parties going on. Then hopefully we get a huge swell and strong winds the day after, ha!
My New Year wishes: Personally I’d love an injury free year, ha and to head out on even more wild and crazy adventures. In between all that more quality time with family, friends and my girlfriend.
I have been enjoying being home on Bonaire for a while. I’ve spent Christmaswith my friends and family. Also my sister Chanel who’s living in Holland since June came home for the holidays, so we’re all together. We go windsurfing, to the beach and party as much as we can these days. New Year’s eve will be the same, popping the champagne at midnight and celebrate the New Year around the island. My last windsurfing session was yesterday. The wind is up and down these days. Up you can find us at Lac Bai and Sorobon, is the wind down on the foil in the Bay of Kralendijk cruising around Klein Bonaire. My wishes for the coming season are enjoying windsurfing and the tour again as I did in the past years and stay injury-free. Hopefully my season will start on Bonaire in April, 2019 but before Cape Town and Los Roques are on my travel-itinerary. From Bonaire I wish you all all the best, health, wind and succes for 2019 and see y’all somewhere on the planet in the upcoming season.
I am enjoying the off season in Cape Town, one of my favorite destinations. It hasn’t been a very windy period in Cape Town, but as I brought my slalom gear too I’m still sailing almost every day. Like last year I spend this time of the year in Cape Town, took my family on a Christmas dinner somewhere in November before I left haha. 2018 has been an amazing year and obviously I want to maintain my flow of improving my results every year. It will be probably the hardest step to take so far, but I’m convinced I can do better then I did this year and hope to give the big top 3 a hard time! Let’s see how it will end, it’s a very thin line between success and failure with the level being so close lately. But I’m gonna give it my all to step up that podium!!
I currently Living at the caledonian rhythm. A few days ago the wind died so I’m doing other stuff like hiking or surfing. Usually I spend Christmas and new year at home in New Caledonia with my family and friends. The wind should be back today and looks like I gonna have some reef action before NY so it’s gonna be fun !! I am wishing everybody the best for this year, no injuries, lot of windsurfing, love and fun !! Hope 2019 is gonna be epic!