The Extreme Sailing Series™ is in Hamburg, Germany right now for their 5th event of the 2017 season. All teams are fighting against the tricky conditions including very light winds, lots of rain and a big current on the river Elbe. I had the chance to spent a day with the NZ Extreme Sailing Team. Thanks to skipper Chris Steele and his NZ Extreme Sailing Team especially Josh Salthouse & Rob “Salty” Salthouse for having me, see you soon.
Due to Famous Frank I had the chance to get on board of HUGU BOSS, the Open 60 from Alex Thomson Racing. Few weeks ago Alex was on a promotion tour in the Baltic sea and had a stopover on the beautiful Island of Sylt in the North Sea on his way back home to the UK. So we jumped in the car and onto the train to meet Alex in List/Sylt. It ‘s quiet incredible that these crazy guys sail non-stop around the world by themselves on a boat that size in the Vendée Globe.
#HUGO BOSS #Alex Thomson Racing #Sylt #Sailing
Summer is just over here in Europe, for me it’s finally time to post some pics from the last surf trip. I always travel so far to explore beautiful countries and oceans, but we got some epic stuff here as well. So on the last trip we ended up in Hossegor, France at the atlantic coastline. Hossegor is also known for Europe’s surf capital. Check out the pics and you know why…
We had some small days of surf, flat days and epic days where it was safer to shoot pictures and let the pros rip the surf. It was busy because of the school hollidays but worth a trip. Will be back some day.
Holliday time = surfing time. I had some weeks off and did a little roady on NZ’s North Island. Piha, Ahipara and Raglan where on the menue.
First stop was a little place called Piha, it’s just 40 minutes out of Auckland on the westcoast. Good surfing beach with lefts and rights which can get quiet big with lots of current. The surf was good but the lodge where fully booked so I had to move anyway after one day.
Piha, Westcoast North Island
The next stop on the list was the famous spot of Ahipara, which is known out of the classic surf movie “The Endless Summer” from 1964. Ahipara is a 4-5 hrs drive up north from Auckland and the surf spot is a classic left point break which runs forever on the right swell. Don’t expect too much, it’s a tiny little village with a very small shop, you really don’t go there for the shopping, though. And have a guess where I’ve stayed, right at the Endless Summer Lodge.
Endless Summer Lodge Ahipara
But Ahipara is not only famous for it’s surf, it’s also the beginning of the 90 mile beach. A beach as far you can see, which runs all the way to the northern tip of New Zealand which is called Cape Reinga.
After a five days up there in the north it was time to see something new. And what else apart of New Zealands surf capital could it be?
Right, Raglan there we go.
Raglan on a good day.
And what should I say, Raglan is defn. a place I felt in love with. The people, the surf, the food, the music. There is a reason why you are only allowed to stay 7 nights at the Raglan backpacker, otherwise people would stay forever. For me it was clear I stay the 7 nights and after that I moved to another place called the Solscape, which is a little outside town but closer to the surf breaks. But let me quote from the Solscape website to explain this place: “Solscape is designed as a place for rest, rejuvenation and playful inspiration, to nurture our connection with each other and the natural world.”
Check out their website www.solscape.co.nz for more infos and their view from the Cafe is stunning.
View from Solscape Cafe.
3 Days of Racing – 241 kms of Riding – 7,574 Meters of Climbing
That’s the 3 day traverse of The Pioneer MTB stage race with the start in Lake Ohau and the finish in Queenstown. But before that we entered the Christchurch dayride as a little warmup – 37km of riding, 870m of climbing.
It still feels like a bad dream… All our hard work & effort from the last 1.5 years where destroyed after just a few minutes after the start of the Sydney – Hobart 2015. A smaller boat misjudged the situation and disrespect our right of way, unfortunately there was no way for us to go up or down, because we where in the middle of three boats, classic sandwich situation. Due to damage on our boat we couldn’t continue the race and had to retire.
It’s on – the start of the 71st Rolex Sydney – Hobart 2015 is almost on it’s way. On boxing day (26th. of December) the 107 entry fleet will leave the harbour of Sydney and head down South on the 628nm race course to Hobart in Tasmania.
The forecast got less frightened in the last day, but still we will see up to 35kn and big seas in the first 30 hrs. But on the other side these conditions are quite good for the mighty Lupa.
To follow us on the race course please check the official race tracker here: www.rolexsydneyhobart.com/tracker