Friday, March 8, 2013

Fascination Cape Town, SA

I've spent my last three weeks in Cape Town, working home office and using my spare time on the water. KiteWorldWide has the most amazing mansion directly on the sunset beach, so after finishing work at 4 pm I could just walk down to the beach and rig my equipment for a sunset session. I’m so thankful for this opportunity to escape the cold winter here in Germany! This was my home beach the last three weeks:

Also, Gleiten.TV has been here, and we’ve been working on a spot description of Cape Town... Like this, I was so lucky to see and test some of the most beautiful spots I have ever surfed! I’m really excited to see how the project turns out. Here is the trailer:

Platboom, one of the spots of the Cape region,
you can see the Cape of Good hope just behind me.

Commitje, another spot just ahead of the Cape of Good hope.
Amazing long and wide beach, clean waves - what else do you need?

Sharks Bay, one of the spots in the Lagoon of Langebaan.

Sharks Bay

The wake park

To tell the truth, I was a bit nervous about the conditions facing me in Cape Town. Cold water.. sharks.. rough wind.. big waves.. Obviously, you will have to visit Cape Town to make your own mind up, like me! Yes the water is cold, but the air temperature is so warm, that you just long for your next wash in the waves to cool down. Sharks? Well I saw 100 of seals and some dolphins, but never a shark. Of course there are sharks around, but they are unlikely to attack a kitesurfer – why should they? And believe me, I was swimming around in the waves quite a few times, trying to get my passes. The wind can get super strong and the waves scary big, but that’s not every day – and you can always escape to another spot, since the wind gets less strong the further north you head. And sometimes, it’s just fascination enough to see what the real pro’s can do in these conditions – since they are all down training during the winter months.

Not to forget is the lifestyle around Cape Town, the chilled atmosphere. We did a barbeque (Braai) almost every second day! 
Braai at the roof terrace of the KWW lodge at Sunset Beach

Or went out eating at one of the many good restaurants. I think I’m coming home with 5 kilos more;) If you want party, Cape Town won’t let you down either.

Cape Town is a destination you should visit, if you want something more than just kitesurfing. Nature, shopping, culture, party, surfing and endless kitesurfing opportunities – here you find it all!


Don't go home before you have your Savanna

KWW garden, best place for chilling

Cape Town by night coming down from Table Mountain

On the top of the Table Mountain. You can either take the gondola, or hike up
one of the many routes (1-5 hours)

Picnicking with KiteWorldWide Crew and guests on Table Mountain

Music is on, let's rock the Table

Oh, and this is the swimming pool at the roof terrace, overlooking the Sunset Beach spot.
Life could have been worse;)

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Random ...

Amazing, stressful, surprising, sad, overloaded, crazy, special, wonderful and unreal seems to be a good way to describe my last months in Hamburg, working fulltime and trying to combine work, friends and kitesurfing in the best possible way…  

I got seventh place at the world cup in Germany, I won the German championships, I travelled to Egypt, France, Norway and Brazil. And I can’t wait to start my next travel!

Pictures say more than worth, so here is a great sample of some of the happenings from the last months:

(Though, some explanation might be needed....)

After the world cup I ended up in the hospital for a week! No iron left and a severe blood anemia. No wonder I couldn't be bothered to pump all my kites at that competition... All kinds of tests were made, but to the doctors' surprise, they could not find anything. Luckily for me, and with a prescription on fil├ęt mignon ;) (would have been nice!) I checked myself out after a week.
After three hours at the emergency center they sent me to the hospital, ready to be checked again and give the rest of my blood away. So, people - if you are not able to walk up stairs, run for more than 50 meters or pump up more than one kite - GO AND HAVE A DOC'S CHECK UP!

Not too happy about the hospital food... How should I be able to getter better or raise my blood values with this kind of food?? That was the criteria to be allowed to leave the hospital in the first place.

Surprise, surprise...

Happy about the hospital food :)
Happy about visitors:)

Happy about the visitors bringing home made jam and cake!!

....and flowers, chips, chocolate, fruits, candy... All you need to be happy in a hospital!

Two days without food, therefore I had to drink six liters of SALT water for the next examination!
Happy about having friends "steeling" me from the hospital to the neighbouring restaurant! 

After all, meat is known to consist of a lot of important iron...

So, finally after a week I was allowed to leave with the doctor's advice: no sports for some months in order to get back to "normal". Two weeks later I had to decide whether or not to compete in the German kitesurfing final, and since I don't see kitesurfing as sports I decided to compete. Highly motivated, I fought my way to the finals, riding better than ever in difficult off-shore gusty conditions. Unfortunately, the wind decided to drop so we could not finish the results. However, the all over results crashed me on top of the lists being the winner of the German Championships 2012 !!:) 

Photo: mTwo Photo&Film
Photo: mTwo Photo&Film
Photo: mTwo Photo&Film
Photo: Helge Brzoska

In the end of August my boss at KiteWorldWide invited me and Andre (my IT hero!) to come along and visit one of KWW's amazing destinations: Seahorse Bay in Egypt

I've always wanted to go back to Brazil, and this October I finally did!! I even got to visit KiteWorldWide's famous Tatajuba for four days, kitesurfing on empty spots far away from the touristy kitesurfing traps:

The last days I spent kitesurfing around Fortaleza and so I also got to visit some of my old good Brazilian friends. Happy days!:)

Merry Christmas and a happy new year from Norway, next up Austria ;)