Nov 4, 2014

Northern Fresh Movie.

This summer I flew all the way to Canada to visit my good friend Sam Medyksky and discover this new Kiteboarding location and the conditions it had to offer. Together we worked to create unique features in a very different environment than your average kite destination. Cold temperatures and unpredictable wind didn’t keep Sam from showing me a good time in his home country.
Fighting off camera malfunctions, overcast days, and light wind, the crew emerged victorious! Enjoy a peak into an unforgettable kiteboarding adventure to a corner of the world less travelled. 
Let us know what you think in comments! If you have any ideas for destinations in the future, please share!

Jul 30, 2014

Random Shots in Brazil.

Here are some random shots from last year in Brazil which I didn't wanted to waste and throw to garbage. So I decided to put together a little clip before it was too late. Check out Sam Medysky and myself kitting in brazilian waters again!
Camera: Vincent Bergeron, Sam Medysky, Marissa Dodd, Noè Font.
Song: NEULORE - Shadow of a Man.

Jul 26, 2014

Junior world Champion 2014!

Extremely happy to win the Kiteboarding Junior world title again for the second year in a row!
It was such a great event all the kids were ripping it there and we all had a good time. 

This year for me it was the most important event as I knew I had chances to win it again so I trained really hard for it the whole winter to be 100% ready and concentrated to win it again! 
We had 46 riders from 12 different nationalities, the level was way higher than last year as everyone is pushing themselves a lot and progressing so it makes it more and more harder. 

Here are a few snap shots from the event from our photographer Toby Bromwich.

Jun 8, 2014

PKRA Soma Bay Egypt.

Back home after an unsuccessful PKRA event in Soma Bay Egypt. 

I arrived in Egypt a few days before the event as I wanted to visit a little bit the place and do some of the activities that Egypt has to offer. The first days we were pretty lucky with the wind, so I decided to pull out my GoPro to take some action shots with the amazing water colour there. 

PKRA Competition:

We woke up with a first possible start at 6:00am with the wind blowing strong for 11 or 9m kite. I was on the first heat of the day against my mate David Tonijuan from Spain and two other guys. I went out for a ride 10 minutes before the red flag to test the wind and see if I choose the correct kite size. The heat started and I was really powered on my 11m GP, everything was working well until mid way through the heat, suddenly the wind dropped to almost 10 kts all of us were struggling with the conditions as we were all on 11m kites. In the end they ended up with out canceling the heat as they had enough tricks to decide who were the winners. Unfortunately I got 2n place behind my mate David so we both advanced into the 2n round. There I was going to meet up with Forest Bakker and Jerrie Van der Koop. 

We all had an excellent heat the wind was good strong on 11m again so everyone was happy. I got out from the water with a good feeling but in the end the judges missed my last two tricks so that made the difference for my opponents to win. 

My last opportunity to go through the trials was against the Brazilian ripper Evandro da Silva, I knew he was a really good rider but I saw he's heat before and he wasn't performing as good as he was used to do. So that gave me the extra confidence to go big on my next heat. 
The wind was still strong 11m, weather I felt good but unfortunately the wind picked up during the heat and I couldn't hold my 11m anymore. Evandro went out on a smaller kite and he also had an excellent heat so props to him as he went through the main event. 

The competition zone for the trials was pretty tricky, there was no chance to change your kite during the heats so I think to choose the kite size was half of the work of advancing a heat there.

Currently at home taking the advantage of the summer thermal light winds to train for the PKRA Junior   next month! I'll keep you updated!



May 12, 2014

PKRA Leucate.

I've been very busy the last two weeks so I couldn't update my blog, sorry guys!

So the PKRA Leucate wasn't a success for me, the forecast was looking super strong like every year, everyone was kiting on the smallest kites. My first heat was against Jerry van der Kopp I did a really good heat but looks like Jerry was riding better. In my second heat I had to go against Luis Alberto Cruz and Robinson Hilario, two Dominican rippers who really killed it.

In this both two first heats I performed really well landing some tricks like FBM's but unfortunately in my last opportunity to win a spot at the main event I didn't had my best heat and my really good friend David Tonijuan won against me.

Even though I didn't had my best result I'm so happy about how I rode on those crazy conditions and also so stoked for my teammates and friends who did a great job, like Alex Neto who's killing it this season and young rippers like David who are building their name on it.


May 3, 2014

Sahara Dreams.

After loosing in the trials for the main event at the PKRA Dakhla I decided to hit the speed spot with a couple of friends everyday and get some of my best tricks on camera. The "Speed Spot" is what the locals call to the amazing combination of sandbar created by the low tide with the most sickest flat water you can imagine and the solid steady winds for 11, 9 and 7m coming straight off shore. After heading there a for a few days I found that spot like a dream and now back in Tarifa I'm missing it a lot so I decided to drop this little video called "Sahara Dreams". I hope you all enjoy my way of dreaming.
Bestkiteboarding - ION essentials - Kitecostabrava - Ocean Sunglasses.
Behind the lens:
Manel Arpa
David Tonijuan
Sergi sureda
Water shots courtesy of 7th Frame.

Apr 30, 2014

Triple S Wildcard Video

Just dropped this recompilation of my recent trips to Brazil, Tarifa, Panama and Morocco in order to make it into this years Triple S.
Thanks to all my sponsors for making all this trips happen!
Bestkiteboarding - Ionessentials - Kitecostabrava - Oceansunglasses.
Cameras: Sam Medysky, Vincent Bergeron, Manel Arpa, 7Frame, Sergi Sureda, David Tonijuan, Eric Mur and Alex Neto.
Song: The American Dream.

Apr 24, 2014

European Junior Championship.

Its been a week since I got back home from the Europeans. After my awesome comeback last year in the doubles winning 7 heats in a row and putting myself on the 2nd place so this year I really wanted to go for the gold.
The wind forecast wasn't looking good at all until the day before the competition, they were expecting 20-25kts offshore. In the morning the conditions showed up pretty bad with offshore strong and gusty wind for 7's and 5m. They started with the youngest category so that gave me the chance to see how the wind was and which was the spot with better gusts. The conditions were pretty challenging during the whole day, even the wind dropped during 1h at midday.

I decided to go for a warmup session near to the competition zone to make sure all my gear was perfectly set up. My first heat was up against Guy Bridge from the UK and Verges from France. The conditions were still gusty but not as strong as in the morning and after seeing everybody going downwind during the heats because of the offshore wind I decided to take a big kite and make sure I was going to stay upwind. The heat went pretty good for me nailed all my tricks and managed to make it straight into the third round.

In the third round I was up against my good friend Iñaki Gainza, I knew what tricks he could perform so that gave me confidence to have a great heat. I started the heat with my best 315 ever so that helped me a lot to go bigger in all my tricks to go through the finals.
Everything was working pretty good, I was on fire stomping all my tricks in each heat even thought the conditions weren't the best. The other two finalists were Denis Zurik from Poland and Guy Bridge from the UK.

The conditions were still super challenging the wind was so gusty and that make the kite choose even more tough. I spend half an hour to choose my kite size for the final holding the 13m at the beach, sometimes the wind was not enough and sometimes to much. In the end I decided to go with 13m.
We started the final with almost no wind and that make us lost a lot of time trying to find the gust, mid through the heat the wind picked up supper strong I was really overpowered on the 13m luckily I could land some tricks like KGB, Front blind mobe, S mobe5... The other guys were struggling with the conditions a little bit and I think this is what made the difference to make me win.

Im so happy and stoked now and even more motivated to train and go big in the next events!


pics by: Reinout Simt - Watersports Pics. All rights reserved.

Apr 8, 2014

PKRA Panama Nitro City.

My trip to Panama wasn't scheduled for this year, while training in Tarifa at the beginning of the year I found out that heading to Panama could be a great way to start the year and also to turn on the competition mode. So I went there from Barcelona four days before the competition to check out the spot and the conditions and start training there. Unfortunately my bags arrived two days later than I expected luckily our team at Bestkiteboarding is really friendly and cool and Helena borrowed me her gear for two days. :) ! The spot in Panama was pretty awesome the competition was held in a place called Nitro City which is an extreme sports resort were you can do whatever you want. There is a cable park which was pretty fun to hit every day. You can also head to a lagoon a few km down with flat water and do lots of other things...

The first day of competition was supposed to be a windy one so they scheduled the first Skipper Meeting at 7 am. We were all ready with our kites ready to compete for the spots at the main event but the wind wasn't really there... With solid 10kts we had to wait a few hours to start with the trials. I had my first heat against Antonie Fermon who was a big opponent, the wind showed up and we started competing, I went out in my heat on my 13m GP the wind was pretty good and I did one of my best heats ever, unfortunately it wasn't enough to beat him so I had to go for another heat later.

My next heat was looking pretty okay for me the conditions were light but enough to do tricks and it was favorable for me because I was the smallest one. I was against Alex Soto and Olivier Umpierre, the wind was still light for 13m and it dropped even more during the heat we were all underpowered on our biggest kites. In the end I lost by a really close judging decision against Upierre with a 3/2 up to him.

I was so sad with myself because I couldn't manage to do powered tricks on those light conditions but loosing isn't bad at all it motivates you to go bigger on the next events.
I spend my last days in Panama kiting around and enjoying the 2.0 cable system at the hotel. I also learned a lot from the judges staying at the tower and checking the tricks and the scores.

Feb 13, 2014

Generations / Brazillian Skills.

Had the opportunity to travel to Brazil again this year. It's been an amazing trip with lots of great moments, met pretty awesome people and had some solid training going down so couldn't ask for more. 
Here is a recap of clips extracted from the movie "Generations" and from a few free riding sessions. 
I would like to thank all the people who's been supporting me and helping out to made this trip unforgettable and for sure to my family and sponsors for the help during all these years. 
Special thanks to: 
Enrico Zanvettor, Lia Feriancek, Enric Pagés, Nicolas March, Miquel Arpa, Sam Medysky, Marissa Dodd, Kite Beach Pousada, NA Blend Crew, Vincent Bergeron and all of you!