Monday, May 3, 2010

1st place Dahme, Germany!!

I’m so happy, I won the first place for the women in the freestyle competition!! It was sooo cold, soooo bad wind, but it doesn’t matter – in the end :) !! I’m quite surprised, I recon it will be much harder next time to do just as good...

Anne, Heike and Susanne

We arrived in Dahme early Thursday morning, hoping for wind and possibilities to train in cold water before the competition. The wind didn’t show up, so we spent the day sleeping on the beach. I have been kiting with shoes two times in my life, and I hate it. I keep losing the board, and have no feeling. „Lucky“ for me, I couldn’t find neither my neoprene gloves nor shoes before we left, so we had to pass by the windsurf shop in Hamburg to buy all new. The shoes from NPX turned out to be better than my old, good!!, as the water temperature of 8 degrees doesn’t allow me to ride without shoes.

As the first competition day started, I was very nervous and just went running around in circles. If it hadn’t been for my boyfriend, there would have been no 1st place for me;) And also Heike and Toby, riders for, helped me out a lot with tips and support! The first heat was against the young rider Maike Erichsen, and luckily for me it was cancelled as the wind was too unconstant, – I was already out of the competition area after one minute, and didn’t manage to return with the gusty offshore wind. After the new start, I went out and tried to do my best, which was enough to win the heat.

Second heat was against the German champion of last year, Sünne Elbel. Somehow I managed to cross the lines BEFORE even starting the kite, tried to fix it, but the starting signal had already gone off, so I had to grab the 10 m². 3 minutes too late in my heat, 4 minutes to go, I had to make the best trick of the heat to have a chance to win. A raley to blind made my day, power to the elbow, and off to the semi-final!!

The Semi-final was against Susanne Brill, and surprisingly I won this as well. At around 16hours it was time for the final against Heike Wycisk. At this point I was so cold, running around in my wetsuit all day, that the result didn’t really matter. Besides this, Heike has become a really good friend, helping me a lot and giving advices during the whole day, so it wouldn’t have meant a difference to lose for her:) I congratulate Heike with her 2nd place!!

Jan from the rescue team had to get me 3 times!!

My friends from Norway and Denmark even came down to support me, and to join the party Saturday evening.. I think I can say that they got the 1st place on the party, and 1st place for best supporting crew! Thank you guys!!

Great weekend, no it’s off to Podersdorf in Austria. Some of the best riders in Europe will take part, so I’m not expecting too much! I hope for better wind conditions, and actually think it can’t get worse than the conditions in Dahme..

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