Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas

Happy Christmas to you all!

Although i'm not an Christmas lover, there's one thing i always enjoy besides the presents :) Indeed, the great food (and mountains of it)!

My Christmas present's were great !! The windsurfing movie !!


If you haven't seen it yet, you should !! It is an magnificent, brilliant movie !

The other present was a real big one ! From now on, i'm a teamrider for Aerotech ! But more info will follow soon.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Freestyle @ Madagascar

Some nice action going on @ Madagascar !



ACCEPT NO LIMITS

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

EFPT

The EFPT has released their calender for the 2008 season. And it looks like their gonna hit Belgium again :)
This time it will be from 6 until 9 august @ Twins - Bredene.

I hope sincerely that the wind this year won't let us down like this year (2007). Because naturally it's more fun for a judge to get some actual judging :)

Also, from this year on, our Freestyle hero Steven Van Broeckhoven will be competing!! I'm pretty sure that he will do an excellent job, so watch out Paskowksi :D

Monday, December 10, 2007

SISP - IINDIAN BENEFIT @ BRUGGE

Saturday 15 December, 19u - 8 euro!



Although this is a Belgian Benefit, you to can help SISP! Check out their website and be amazed by all the work that has been done SISP!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Non Planning Freestyle

Some guy's are real acrobatics on the water. For example, non-planning freestyle addict Oscar "Ceasar". I've you thought you could flip you're sail perfectly, think again !

Watch this video and be amazed by the flip overs of this little chap in Bonaire. My favorite move comes around 2:18. It's just another proof that freestyling is really the best sport in the world, no matter what the conditions are !

ACCEPT NO LIMITS

Monday, December 3, 2007

What a great day

Last sunday (2/12) was a super day for windsurfing!! It was a long time ago since i was overpowered by a 4.5 and i will cherish every moment of it. Although it wasn't very warm (about 10° degrees), the weather was doable apart from some rain (that really felt like hail).

Because it was so long ago for me to actually windsurf (and not windskate) i never stopped or got some rest which resulted in unfortunately no photo's or movies.. The good part of this though is that it's probably the first time in such extreme conditions i have not a single sort of damage, neither on my material or myself.. what a glories day ! :)

Now something else, my good deed for this year :) I've bought for me and my girlfriend an Charity String for SurfAid.
The FCS strings for charity are a high quality functional leash string of which 100% of FCS profits go to SurfAid International. The strings are bright blue as a symbol of your support to SurfAid.

Vote for your favorite windsurfers of 2007

The German Windsurfing Association (DWSV), the organizers of top exhibition BOOT in Düsseldorf, and SURF, the windsurfing magazine, want your votes for the best athlete on the water this past season.

The PWA stars nominated are:

Men:
Kauli Seadi (Quatro / Naish) – Wave Sailing World Champion
Antoine Albeau (Starboard / NeilPryde) – World Slalom Champion
Marcilio Browne (Mistral / Gaastra) – Freestyle World Champion
Bjorn Dunkerbeck (T1 / North) – 3rd Overall Slalom
Jose 'Gollito' Estredo (Fanatic / North) – Freestyle runner-up
Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / Simmer) – Wave Sailing runner-up

Women:
Valerie Ghibaudo (Tabou) – Women’s Slalom runner-up
Karin Jaggi (F2 / North) – Slalom World Champion / 3rd overall Wave Sailing
Iballa Moreno (North) – Wave Sailing World Champion
Daida Moreno (North) - Women’s Freestyle World Champion / Runner-up Women’s Wave Sailing

The German Nationals competing on the PWA nominated for the German vote are:
Klaas Voget (Fanatic / NeilPryde)
Bernd Flessner (F2 / NeilPryde)
Norman Gunzlein (JP / NeilPryde)
Andre Paskowski (F2 / North)
Oliver Tom Schliemann (starboard / Naish)
Steffi Wahl (F2 / Gaastra)

I've done my work, Marcilio and Paskowski are getting my blessings :)
You can vote for your national and international favorites right here.

The winners will be honored at the Beachworld section of Düsseldorf Boat Show on January 19th, 2008.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

FreeStyle With Progress - Part 3

As promised, the movie of last sunday :)


ACCEPT NO LIMITS

Jeri - Part 3

Part 3 from the jericoacoara video-diary is already out. It looks like they are pretty stoked on making video-diarys ;) This time it has some really nice freestyle actions included. Also the current EFPT champion, Andre Paskowski, get his share of attention. Although it isn't much worth, you can't see him in action on the water which is a real bummer..

Anyway, enjoy the movie and make sure you don't forget to pay a visit to Club Ventos

Monday, November 19, 2007

A great windskate session

On Sunday 18 November there wasn't enough wind to surf in a cold weather of 4 degrees. So i went for a nice dirt session with Gino Joskowski. Gino spotted a nice industry parking on the Rijksweg in Willebroek (or Puurs, we don't know exactly) so went to check it out. Although the wind was slightly to much West it was still a magical spot !! But not only for the conditions and the lovely warming sun, but because i've done my first spock, eslider and switch stance air-jibe !!
Gino on the other hand perfected his flaka's and his special kind of chacho !!

New even better, because you won't believe me otherwise :), it's all on photo or on movie. I've posted some photo's below so you can start enjoying. The movie still needs some editing, but i will post it asap!

When i got home i saw a peacock on the roof of our neighbors and even for Belgium, that's a strange place for staying..


Ow yes, almost forgot to mention, about 2 weeks ago i had a little windskate session with Tommeke Peeters. Not many photo's but it was a lot of fun!



And know for the actual day i talked about.






Al the photo's are viewable right here :)

ACCEPT NO LIMITS

Nice waveriding

Hookipa (Maui) had this month some great waves. Maui Windsurfing is showing of with there recent 3-part movie about those days. Just to keep us reminding that Hookipa is THE place for waveriding! ;)

Enjoy the movie.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Windskate.fr

A French windskate movie i found recently (although it's 6 months old). I thought i would share it with you guys, cause it's a really nice one !! (nice intro to)

ACCEPT NO LIMITS

Monday, November 12, 2007

Sunday 11-11









What a great day !

Sunday, November 4, 2007

YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES

I know it isn't very professional but hey, i'm so happy i really don't care... why ???

My airjibe (with dirtsurfing) is finally working!!!

YEEESS !!!!!!!!

Although i haven't proof for the moment, i'm working on it :)

Next step is now spock and grubby. And hopefully next weekend doing it on my surfboard! (But that will probably be a whole other story)

ACCEPT NO LIMITS

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Windskate progress :: Part 2

With no wind @ all, i have no other option then practicing my dirtskills. The airjibe is almost working but still doing something wrong. If you see it, don't hesitate to tell me !!!
I'm working also on a new move i've seen on the riders movie from Buhala. Don't know how its called, but it looks great. The only thing i can do so far is crash my ass of :-)

But for this session i had a little helper for getting my speed up. See the video for you're self and any comments are appreciated.

Music: Gold Lion - Yeah, Yeah, Yeah

video

Stay tuned for the next one.

ACCEPT NO LIMITS

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Jeri - Part 2

As promised, part 2 of the Jeri video-diary. This time the special is about 4 lovely windsurfing girls who are freestyling pretty nice.



ACCEPT NO LIMITS

Monday, October 29, 2007

Depressed

Remember my previous post about the excellent windforcast? This is what's let over..

I'm truly depressed..

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Today's fun session

Because there wasn't any wind, we (as in me and my brother Seppe) went today out on a fun training session on our dirtboard. After an hour of real practice (for me at least) on my one-handed flaka and airjibe we were up for some real fun and slightly crazy experiment. But i'm gonna tell you about that later on, when the edditing of the movie is done. All i can tell for know is that you will need a good bike for this kind of fun :)

In the end it was a fun and various session. It delivered some nice photo's too.


I don't know if you see it, but it is a no-handed flaka. I'm pretty proud of it!


After a while my brother decided to try some jumps.


May the surfspirit be with you.

My first experience with dirtsurfing

The blog is about progress and freestyle, so it's about time that i'm gonna to post something about my current state of technique. This little video (57 seconds) show very quickly the moves i've mastered so far (meaning after 5 hours of exercise) on my new Pro Freestyle Buhala board.


As you can see on the video, the editing needs also some improvement but hey, it's work of progress :)

Music : Toshiro Masuda - The Raising Fighting Spirit
video
You are free to post comments on my style and mistakes. The more feedback i get, the faster my progress will become (hopefully :))

I'm also thinking about making a site about dirtsurfing. With lot's of pictures and video's but perhaps more important some kind of tutorial for every move you can make (or at least every move i know or gonna know) on a windskate. I'm not sure yet if i'm gonna make a separate site dedicated to dirtsurfing alone or that i'm gonna put everything in here. Again let me know what you think what's best and if it's worth the effort.

May the surfspirit be with you.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Found by websurfing

While surfing through the World Wide Web, an article on Continent Seven caught my attention.

It seems that Club Ventos have just launched a video diary, called "Jeri Diary". The reason is as simple. They want there dreamspot Jericoacoara to get more attention. Not only the windsurfing part but also the chica's and locals, the small fishing village, and so on...

I think it's a great idea to promote you're spot trough stuff like this. It gives you a more accurate picture of the spot and it's just fun to watch!

The first diary shows a bit of windsurfing action combined with shoots of Club Ventos and the people living there. Not super radical, but some nice wave riding and clean freestyle moves like flaka one handed, spock, some loops and almost a double front loop!



You can also see the movie on their website. My goal is to post every new diary here on fswp, so stay tuned for the next diary!

May the surfspirit be with you.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

At last - some wind is coming to us !!!

Finally !! Although is very early to be sure, it is somewhat great to have finally something to look forward to. Windguru is giving some pretty nice windforecast for the coming weekend and the week after.


Hopefully they come true (or get even better) ! At last i'm gonna get a change to get my dirtsurfing training from the past month to the test on the water. I'm quite curiose about how it's going to be. Will my flaka turn succesfully and what about the gozzada ??
Stay tuned because we're gonna soon find out !

May the surfspirit be with you.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Welcome on FSwP

Let me start with saying ieps to you all !

I hope that you will like what you're gonna read and see on this brand new FSwP - FreeStyle with Progress blog. Perhaps first a little introduction on why and what FSwP is or should be meaning.

The what is fairly simple. It should all be about the greatest sport on this planet, SURFING !!! More specific about my personal experience around this mindblowing sport. You'll see (hopefully) my progression as i train to be a good wind- and dirtsurfer (or windskater, don't really know what's the best description for this kind of surfing). But it's not gonna be all about me. I'm going to try to post about everthing i find, see, experience and so one... probably you're gonna see some stuff from my dearest friends in the surfworld. Gino Joskowski and Tommeke Peeters who are super freestylers ! (or at least, compared with my skills for the moment :))

Now, for the why part... actually i'm inspired by the Maui Surf Report blog. I like his kinda relax style of blogging and sharing. Especially his personal "how-to" videos like the one about mounting points for a camera !!
A second reason is rather a logical one. I like to shoot pictures and film and stuff and it would be a bit of a waste to keep it all for myself or at least that's what i think.

So that would be it, the what and why at least :)

In the coming day's i'm going to try to post some photo's from a while back. I haven't photo's from the present because of the lack of wind !! :(
Because i'm still a student, i haven't much time in the week so al my hope's are on the weekend, but so far i haven't luck.

Ah, and last thing. As you probably noticed, my English is full of mistakes! Be a sport and don't make a big deal of it. I'm trying hard :-)

May the surfspirit be with you.