Slingshot Kiteboarding just launched their new 2016 RPM.
It was an honor to be a part of the product shoot last fall in Brazil. Working together with all my idols really was a dream come true. The vibe was amazing and Andre Magarao was delivering behind the lens.
I can say changing to Slingshot was one of the best decision of my life. I enjoy every second and have found a completely new motivation . Now I just have to finish my last exams until I can finally head down to cape town to score some sessions on my new kites.
For The KiteMag I was talking about my decision to leave Airush behind and make the move to join the Slingshot team.
Check out the article here.
After being an Airush teamrider for 5 years, I just switched to Slingshot.
It was a hard decision for me to leave the brand that I have grown up with, but I felt like I wasn’t moving forward anymore.
I’ve always liked Slingshot a lot. They are pushing the spo
rt exactly in the direction I am also going and I am looking up to their perception of the sport. Projects like the woodgrain videos inspired me so much during my development. I feel very stoked and honoured to be in the same team with some of the best kiteboarders in the world and I am looking forward to a bright future and some fun projects.
Doesn’t every kitesurfer share the same dream: A perfect spot only for himself, all day long.
Niklas and myself recently made this dream come true.
After leaving everything behind, ignoring a rather shitty wind forecast and exploring a spot we had no idea what it’s gonna look like, we found the ultimate playground.
Head over to The KiteMag and check out my latest blog article about the time you think you don’t have.
It was such a good decision to leave everything behind for a day and clear your mind.
I am stoked to take home the best trick award from this years King of the Lagoon in Büsum.
The event started on a Friday afternoon with a training session in the park. The wind was solid and I could get used to the features really good.
The next day the real competition started off with some good winds and I managed to win my first heat. As the day got older, the wind got lighter and lighter and in the semi final I wasn’t able to go over the kicker with enough speed anymore which left me unable to show off my moves. As the judging criteria was divided in the 3 categories slider, kicker I was really unlucky and missed the final round. Just one kicker trick would have made the difference. Bummer, but that’s life. I hope to get some bigger kites soon for next year so this won’t happen again.
Looking forward to the summer now.
So, I did’t make it into the Triple S, as always. But this time it really opened my eyes. From now on I will stop striving for success and fame, because it’s not gonna work out anyways. The kitesurfing industry is a really weird business full of empty promises and disappointments.
I will refocus on the things that brought me into kitesurfing on the first hand: The fun and the strive for progression. The last 2 years I started to see kitesurfing on a really competitive base, trying to somehow work my way up to the inner circle, which narrowed my perspective and completely changed my attitude towards this great sport.
Kitesurfing has always been more then a sport for me, but instead of seeing it as a “job” I will see it as a way of life from now on. Having a board under my feet, riding through the liquid element and seeing the world from above is just what keeps me coming back for more. This freedom of mind combined with the ability to express yourself throughout your riding is definately one of the best feelings in the world.
I define myself through kitesurfing, not through the success and fame, but through the friends I make, the moments I live and the feelings I feel.
I kitesurf because I want to and not because I have to.
Free your mind and enjoy yourselves!!!
I really hope to make it this year. I’ve put a lot of sweat, blood and tears into this video and really wish it pays off!!
Kitesurfing in the winter time is always a battle against the elements. A battle that I will fight till the end and that can be really fun sometimes.
The other day I was riding in Broager/Denmark and Lasse Schneppenheim filmed for a bit. Here is the result.
I hope you enjoyed the time with your friends and family.
I had a great time, but the cold weather is slowly starting to suck a lot. It feels like you have 5 hours of daylight max and windy days only come hand in hand with temperatures around 3°C.
Nevertheless I am trying to get on the water as much as possible. Besides that I found the best thing ever to do in the winter: Cross Fit. With the support of CrossFit Flensburg I will be in the best shape of my life after this winter. The training is super hard and super varied. You never do the same workout twice and always train in a group of motivated and friendly people.
#CFFL Loving it!!