Stay sweet people
I hope your season is going as well as mine. I travelled Europe the last weeks and months so much I almost forgot to give you the latest update. Everything started with my win in Poland Augustow where I also jumped a new personal best. (67.7m) Never thought that I can jump that far there. After Poland I travelled to Geneva (Switzerland) to compete in the Geneva Gladiators. It‘s a challanging competition since the course is on a big open lake. But it‘s so much fun every single time. I love going there. The tournament and crowd are amazing. After that I came back and trained hard for the Europeans. My girlfriend came over from the states to have a nice summer with me in Germany. We did a lot of things and were at places where I have never been. Too funny since I‘m a German citizen haha. Anyways, my latest stop was the European Championships in Ioannina Greece. I have to say, Greece is a nice country and I was excited to go there since it was the first time for me. My team and I had a big rental car and drove 4 hours to our hotel. What a hotel, 5 Stars! Crazy... Buffet all day and nice rooms. In the end of the week I felt like a biiiiiig person because I ate so much. The food is so good you just can‘t stop. Back to the important stuff. The Greek federation just finished digging a new lake next to an open big lake which was supposed to be the lake for the trick competiton. That lake was so green it wasn‘t funny anymore. And it smelled bad. But hey, I‘m not a tricker... haha! The new lake was just done the weekend before we came, so it wasn‘t setteled down. It smelled and roots and all kind of wood was floating around. Not nice, but we handeled the situation. Then the boat, if you check the results from the championships you may find not the greatest results I ever had. That happened because we just had a Nautique 200 with a small 5.7 l engine and the worst prop. Well, I knew before and didn‘t complain, but a lot of others did. Anyways... Team competiton was ok for jumping and I slalomed my season best so far. I was pretty happy, my Jobe Rogue was going good as I expected and I thought, oh well I gonna attack at the prelims. I was 3rd of the dock in the morning and felt good... I really wanted to go for it and in the end I was just not ready. Unfortunately, I missed the slalom final by half a buoy which annoyed me. Therefore I had to finish good in jump. And hey I did, I won my first European Championships in Jump. I was sooooo stoked and overwhelmed, winning with almost 2 meters more than the others. The conditions were bad in the finals. Strong tailwind and that boat, but I told myself, now or never and I did it. I really have to thank Jobe too that they always support me and that all the equipment I get has such a good quality and I can use it for everything. Thank you guys!
I got to take a sneak peek at the new Liberty which is Declan Cliffords new board and along with minor structural changes it has a very loud color scheme to let you know who's on the water with matching super-comfy bindings to boot. Julian Cohen also received his pro model this year and based on the brief time I spent on the water with it, I can confidently tell you that Julian knows very well what a "Wake Park" focused board should be with regards to the right amount of flex while maintaining rigidity where you need it for air tricks and edge control.
Stay tuned for some VERY big things in 2014 from both Jobe and the entire Jobe team! ;)
Hope you're all enjoying the summer, I know I sure am. So this month has been pretty fun. With Jobe sending me over to Orlando for the team shoot and video. I finally got to see my new board and bindings for 2014 which are so sick, I'm almost 100% sure everyone's going to love and if not: make sure you give my team mate Julian's board a ride. It's a completely new shape for 2014.
I had a great time in Orlando, we built some great rails to shoot on and hopefully got some sick shots for the 2014 catalogue. Other and that I won the 3rd stop of the ten feet high tour putting me in line for the overall win, so I'm super excited about that! And last but not least, I've got the UK nationals this weekend: wish me luck on Facebook & Twitter.
Take care, talk soon
The sun has been shining here in the UK and I have been really busy!
The season for my Jetski shows and demo's is now well underway, I have just returned from Margate, Kent. 2 weeks before that you saw me in Plymouth, Devon and 2 weeks before that I was up North in Hull. The next stop for me is in 3 weeks in Torquay Devon.
Margate was extremely hot all weekend and I performed my demo's in a really nice sandy bay at JetSkiWorld Ski Centre. The sunshine bought out lots of families on the beach to watch me and all the JetSki racing which was going on. I was lucky enough to be offered a race ski and asked if I would like a go at racing in one of the events. Obviously I didn't say no, and had a go. I like racing as well so it made a nice change going round the buoys and competing against others instead of just doing my own tricks. I was tired after and I think I finished about 5th, which wasn't bad as I had to do my shows as well, so I used a lot of energy! My shows went down well and everyone seemed happy to watch and cheer me on!
I have been over the lake as well just brushing up on my backflips and learning some new tricks and it was even busy over there. I've got used to have the lake all to myself as usually there isn't many other skiers around, but that all changes when the sun is shining!
Hope you're all having a good summer too.
Catch up again soon