Coming back from a amazing training- and film-trip to Brasil end of November, it once a again was clear that there is no better place than home. Spending the holidays with family and friends and enjoying the Bonaire tradewinds to the fullest. Video by Kuma Movie
But time flies when you’re having a good time and Januari 1st it was time to pack and fly away. Via Amsterdam I travelled to CapeTown, THE place to be during the wintertime. An awesome destination which always delivers good conditions to train freestyle and wave. Besides fun and freesailing , there were also serious testing-sessions. A video will follow soon !!
For sure I will be back again in 2021.
The journey continued after 3 great weeks in South Africa to
Miyakojima Island, Okinawa province (Near Taiwan, 2000 km south of Tokyo)
By Invitation by Philippe Bru , General manager from Defi Wind and coordinator for Defi Wind Japan I cut my trip to CapeTown short this year as I could not let this great opportunity go and miss out on the Defiwind on Miyakojima Island . Therefore back to the Netherlands , leave my freestyle- and wave-equipment behind and took the slalom- and foil-equipment on my flight via Osaka to Miyoka. A new destination and for sure a beautiful one.
After a warm welcome and checkin in the Tokyo hotel the openings-ceremony and a ceremonial blessing it was time to sleep and fight against the jetleg.
Over 100 participants from all over the world , from Japan , Tahiti everybody was ready and enthusiastic for action.
2 events were on the program : > Defi Wind “Classic” from 1st to 4th Feb. – max 150 participants > Defi Wind “Super Stars” from Feb. 6th to 8th – 24 guests + 8 qualified from the Defi Wind Classic
Due to the light wind on the first 2 days we could do some fun-races on the foil to get used to the conditions, shallow parts and the turtles !!
On the layday between the Defiwind-Classic and the Defiwind Superstars, all riders could enjoy a boattrip to check out the long distance course for the days to come. Great and beautiful scenery.
With only 1 qualifying race for the Defiwind “Classic” I ended in a 5th place . ( not bad with 108 participants on the starting line 😉 )
With strong winds on the last 3 days , the SUPERSTAR races were a real challenge. The 26 km long distance course in 25+ knots was the real work, and some say the hardest races ever. It was fun at the same time and although I was not the fastest on the course , and did not sail on the slalom-kit for a while I could keep up with the top fleet and ended in a 9th place. ( out of 30 best of the best )
The excellent equippment I used:
SeverneSails > #Mach3 7.0 & 7.8 Masts APEX Booms Enigma Racing
JP-AUSTRALIA > Slalom 71 and Hydrofoil 175
I thank the organisation of the Defi Wind and the local organization in Miyoka for their hospitality and super experience . To all present for the good time !!
We had some hassle with the many and heavy equipment bags in Osaka and with the Corona-virus in the news I was glad to be back home on Bonaire .
But…. for sure a memorable trip in the World of Windsurfing.
The season kicks of in France by the end of March so stay tuned for more updates