Monday, March 3, 2014

WiNdSURFiNg WaVE CliNiC in VIETNAM


Next Wave Clinic in Mui-Ne, Vietnam! 

The aim of the Clinic if to approach to most of the windsurfers in town to be able to enjoy a session on the conditions that Mui-Ne Bay offers with the North-East trade winds.

Starting with the main technical points on how to face our conditions from the very basic keys like rigging or choosing the right equipment the windsurfers will go through the steps to reach the point of how to cross the shore break, how to be ready for an early planning and make it to the line out of the waves. 

Of course the goal of all this is playing with the wave so we will go to the point of playing with the waves when the wind is driving us through it with on-shore conditions keeping pressure on the sail, doing proper bottom and top turn keeping as much as possible the speed on the board.

The sessions will be followed by I-saw cam from inside and outside with a camera man who will provide to all of us of the images of the naked truth of whats going on once in the water. This is probably the best tool to realize which are our strengths points and which are our weakness while riding.

The clinic for both days will have a cost of 100$ per person and will provide with fruit and water to all the participants and a dinner in Jibe's Restaurant at the end of the Clinic.

All this technics will allow you to keep growing in this incredible sport  with the techniques that all the pro-riders use in all their sessions which provides them the confidence to avoid any break in the equipment, our biggest treasure.

Feel free to contact for any question:

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by phone at 0946449378



Sunday, February 23, 2014

15th FUN CUP Jibe's Mui Ne

Last Weekend was celebrated just after the Wave Classic the main windsurfing event here in Veitnam, The 15th edition of the FUN CUP RACE. 

It 's a well known competition for the support that receive from the council and the motivation of the main organizer Pascal Lefebvre, host of the last PWA event celebrate in the country and owner of the Jibe's Windsurfing Center and Full Moon Village, on of the first resorts to open in Mui Ne.

The contest bring to Jibe's Windsurfing Center a big amount of riders coming from many countries around the world. It's true that most of them are locals Vietnamese, foreign residents, regular visitors or temporal sailors in town like me but this doesn't change the fact of being really multi cultural event.

It gave to the event a really special feeling but what it is a common point between every single participant is that everybody comes to fight for the winners price giving which this year was a astonishing Starboard Wave 87l. Kode, Carbon edition. Have to say that the board stayed in the Jibe's shop since I landed in town and she was watching at me from the very beginning... I noticed it :)

The first day of races the fleet was split in two random groups with the goal of generate 5 winners on each group who will compete as a winners group for the trophies and the other will keep fighting to win the losers group.

I am not a really slalom racer but the conditions were quite hard to keep the I-sonics full charge with speed and the wash back makes the first mark very tricky with weird chops. I focused a lot on the starting line and I manage to win 3 of the 4 race being second on the 3 race so it gave me quite a bit of confidence for the following days but on the other fleet there were very fast racers using camber sails which compared to the Gator 5.5 that I was using I look like a kids rig. Remembering me one picture Pascal captured during the I-sonic test few weeks ago when Remi and Cyril were pulling in with the big 9.2 sails and I was just in the middle leading the Severne red battalion! for few seconds at least :)


The second day started promising with similar conditions which allowed sails with no cambers still have the chance of fighting for the board! Fun Cup is just the name faces told me that anyone will surrender easily. Me neither so all started with a second place on the first race. Not good enough but still in game. 

It was quite hard to see how the others were super fast, I had to be very consistent on the starting line, the gybes and the encounters with the other otherwise I won't have any chance the reach the leading.

Second race was cancelled for a controversy early starting of half of the fleet. Anyway I was second again which made me even more nervous  because I was feeling how much fasters the others were. 

Third race was a battle till the end when sailing third really close to the second and the first this one couldn't handle the gybe and allowed me to over take him while he was struggling with the sail but again another one riding faster than me. Second again!

Last race and still no clear leader. Didn't know exactly the position but I was really willing to win that leg or keep as close as possible to the first accepting at that point that I was just simply slower. Good starting, group of four all leading, on of the sailors tried to take advantage going more downwind trying to go faster but at the moment of the gybe was so much charge on the sail that he had to make it bigger allowing me to close the gybe on his upwind zone and killing his wind. Once I started planing he was already aware that in that gybe he lost the race and even without being first again the consistent 2nd place let me step on the first place of the 15th Fun Cup! 

I didn't expect to win but I was really happy, so long without winning nothing and the same week both windsurfing events in town. 

Do not forget the Kode Carbon 87l. jeje! and the bottle of Cava Freixent :)

For the rest of the story have a look at the clip which is actually really cool!






First Vietnam Wave Classic in my pocket!

WOW such a week

after few month totally out of competitions and just focused on working and windsurfing for fun last week in town has been celebrated two events where to play chase a bit with locals, residents and travelers.

It all started with a good forecast with some wave so the alarm was on for the first wave competition celebrated in Mui Ne. The organizer decided to wait for reasonable conditions to let the riders perform on waves in Mac Beach just 15 minutes driving up north the fishing village.

On Wednesday 14th  wind was blowing and wave were suitable for nice riding so all look ready for a the first wave contest in town.

After a couple of heats with many freestyle jumps going in and out the final was between the Russian sailor Evgen Yurtaev and me. The conditions were pretty on shore and I manage to land few backsides 360, takes and 360 revers with a classic combo for jumping of forward and a backy always tricky on such conditions. Looks like this Nuevo 80l. fits me perfect for this conditions specially with the Maui Ultra fins 15.5 X-twins, really happy with my equipment.

It give me the chance of winning the first wave contest celebrate in Vietnam, what from now they call it the Vietnam Classic.

Super happy of being in the water counting the minutes and scoring all the tricks on time!

After this event the Fun Cup was warming up on the other side of the Bay of Mui Ne, next post the hole story more pictures and a video as well!








Sunday, December 22, 2013

VIETNAM, Mui Ne here I am

After a couple of weeks between the Canary Islands and Barcelona  I had the chance of catching good winds even a Tramuntana session up on the northern coast of Catalunya were the swell was eventually nice enough to smack some wave moves and jumping!






Few month ago I just decided to have a new experience heading Asia to refresh myself looking for new inputs in my live. Of course windsurfing is still the the aim of my trips but this time I will base it more on the side of working and teaching windsurfing rather than training.

Conditions in Vietnam are quite regular in the this period and I am sure it will be good combination between my job and play some freestyle moves. Maybe another trip will come to balance it. :P

At the moment Vietnam is treating me well. Wind is still not hard as the high season brings normally but forecast looks promising in wind and waves as well. As the waves are pumping those days I had the chance of trying the new Starboard surf boards. Although it was quite big 6.4' x25' compared to the size I normally use 5.10'x 19' but the board is super fast and really smooth on carving, definitely stocked and looking forward to try it in a smaller size!


I will update soon with few sessions of surf and windsurf in town!








Monday, November 18, 2013

Nice to be back home!


After almost a couple of month out of my magic bubble in Pozo Izquierdo finally I am back. It won’t be really long before I take off again but maybe is because of this fact that I am appreciating a lot feeling here like home.

Since I landed here from England I sailed everyday I stayed here. I had to fly to Barcelona for few days were I just try to keep myself on dry dock but few SUP session were really fitting very well on the schedule.

Now in Pozo and back to the water, sailing every single day, it is amazing! I don’t know exactly the reason why on this part of the autumn the north wind keeps blowing so regularly but it is really good. Waves are nothing special but good for some jumping and surfing as well, at the end this is a playground were to improve and training, I really don’t need exceptional “epic” conditions I just want to play... everyday!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

DOUBLE ELIMINATION AND SUPERSESSION!!!

The Tiree Wave Classic 2013 reach the end with a complete competition finished for Amateurs, Ladies, Masters, Youth and Pro.

My trip colleagues mange to win on their respective categories, Ben Proffitt as a pro and Justina Sniady on the ladies fleet. From now I will be the only one in the van with no trophy... and Ben got a sword Made in Spain, Toledo jeje :)

The competitions start as usual here in Tiree, early announcement again at 7:30 with darkness in the street but allows to the organizers establish the best locations depending the conditions as the comeptition can be in any of the beaches of the island. It was again Balephuil were all happened.

With a SE winds blowing and some swell the competition started at 8:30, it took the hole day to run all the fleets and a 20 minutes super session with all the competitiors in the water. Believe me quite scary :P

I finished 6th in this event and I had great fun sailing here in Tiree, the conditions allowed us to sail some good days and after all I did 6th in this event, now we head to Cornwall, South England to do the fourth and the last event of the British Windsurfing Wave tour BWA.




Thursday, October 17, 2013

First day of competition!


The Big Wednesday has arrived in a smaller shape as we supposed although the conditions were suitable to allow the Tiree Wave Classic contest comence.

The first announcement was at an early time of 7:30 straight at Balephuil each at the northwest side of the island were the winds blows side on and the swell hit the coast better.

When we arrive the tide was still going down so it assure us avoid the classic high tide break time. At the very beginning the wind was pretty inconstant and the waves were tinny but by the time the wind slightly pick up and the waves too.


At around 2pm after few hours of warming up and just after the amateurs, ladies and youth first round finish the let start the pro contest.

Heats were running on 10 minutes length with 1 jump and 2 waves. I manage to ride to good waves and still don’t know how the smallest back loop ever. I can assure that it could fight for a place into a record Guinness. Winning the first heat and advancing to the second make me fill much confident on at this spot.


After several changes and discussions about how to run the second heats the judge decide to run 4 men heats instead the face to face previously announced. Then my next step was with Ross Williams, Ben Proffitt and Sam Neal, NO jumps, 2 surfing rides.

The heat started quite, manage to pick up a good wave and do a good riding including a taka. Then I started to fall to the downwind area and I started to ride shorter waves and just with proper smacks but no more than two with an aerial.

I was feeling good and confident of what I did but the scoring wasn’t enough to beat Ross and Ben who performed big sets, riding those long way down to the beach scoring form 4 to 5 turns. Well knock out again and a freezing pot of water on my confidence.

I was feeling quite disappointed after all I did taka, aerial, smack on the critical section… but apparently is better longer rides on the big set rather than doing things on the waves. Let's hope the next day I can catch “the good set” and make a ride to the beach.

Apart of this feeling which just keep me in the track of my improvement and learning how to compete better... the day was good for sailing and at the end the most important score has been having another good session up here in Tiree.


At the moment the conditions looks pretty light and the competition for the double elimination has been postponed for tomorrow. Let’s hope this is not over and we can keep scoring few waves Tiree session!