Is it necessary? Do they have to? You make them do this? No, no & no. Cold? Yes of course. Is it fun YES, will I do it again YES, regrets? Not at all. Off course there have been moments I had to defrost my lines inside the mc Donald’s or another restaurant close by… Continue reading The dream of every polar bear!
The year of 2020 – The moments that matter 🙂 Hope you all enjoy your 2021 as far as possible!? Starting the year of 2021 in the freezing cold of the Netherlands… frozen hands on the water, I missed that.. NOT. But hey, I can’t complain a few years earlier I earned to kite in… Continue reading The moments that matter! – the year of 2020.
” Experience can`t be learned and every experience is worth having!” Last week, the 15th -20th of September 2020 The Formula Kite Mixed Team Relay Europeans took place. It was the first dedicated event in the 2024 Olympic racing format. One format – 20 team – existing out of one man and one woman –… Continue reading The 2020 Formula Kite Mixed Team Relay Europeans
Yet, sometimes I still get dazzled eyes asking what the heck is hydrofoiling?!
The Formula Kite Series Spain, the first two stops took place in Alarcón & Castellón from the 10th of jully until 21st of july Beaches are opening, cities around the world might slowly be coming back to life (except for some trying to break the world record of lockdown 😅). But then I realized, there’s no… Continue reading Formula Kite Series Spain 2020 Alarcón & Castellón
Individual European Championship Formula Kite (kitefoilen) – Puck, Poland, better know as seewead party. Keep hustling & Smile! .. & The story of the last race..? Let’s start at the beginning where I have to admit, in the first place I really didn’t want to go at all. I closed the door a bit and… Continue reading Individual European Championship Formula Kite – Puck, Poland.
The you – know – what: Use it wisely Hamster virus or the virus of stupidity? Anyway – Use it wisely. The you – know – what …It made me realize waking up, seeing the sun shining – outside, I have the chance to see another day – be thankful. Many others are not able… Continue reading The you – know – what: Use it wisely
On top of the mountain where everything makes sense or..? It’s a question I answer a lot to: for a lot of people it`s all about the nature and enjoying, they are really good at it. But for me it`s different at the top of the mountains. … Or not at all.. because some things… Continue reading On top of the mountain where everything makes sense or..?
Afscheid nemen bestaat niet – Best friends stick together and never say goodbye. Of toch wel. Wouter is altijd als een grote broer geweest. Iets wat hij echt niet kon – die mening deelde wij niet met hem. Pas een maand geleden heeft hij ons verteld wat er nou echt aan de hand is. Tijd… Continue reading Afscheid nemen bestaat niet.
The helmet has a special meaning for many… How important is it to you? Never thought I would write about it. I did regret having one on my head, but now I like one on my head. And I must say: its quit interesting out there wearing a helmet these days……. “Watch out Helmets…. beginners:… Continue reading Leave space for the helmet
Take the risk or lose the chance! What is it going to be 2019? A lot of questions about the season of foiling. About my 2019. How it was for me … If I still like it? Not boring yet? I miss freestyle? Let me answer already one question, yes I do miss freestyle and… Continue reading Take the risk or lose the chance! – What is it going to be 2019?
#troublemaker & Stubborn – want to be like me? Lot of times people ask me how? how I did it? How it comes that all happens in a certain way. How I can do it all? How to be good? and how they can be like me… first of all let me tell you keep… Continue reading #troublemaker & Stubborn – want to be like me?
ANOC World Beach Games 2019 10 t/m 16 October in Doha – Qatar. An International beach multi-sport event organized by the Association of National Olympic Committees. While some of the sports appear in the Olympic Games, all events on the program are non-Olympic events meaning there is new opportunities to engage for every country. Around 1240 Athletes… Continue reading ANOC World Beach Games 2019 – Doha/Qatar
Jaaaa, we ontkomen er niet aan ook in Nederland kunnen we deze kleine donkerblauw tot paarse Acai bes / vrucht. Weliswaar niet zoals in brazili, peru of suriname groeiend in trossen aan de acai palm, maar wel in andere net zo lekkere en gezonde vormen, zoals; acai pulp, gedroogd acai poeder of een puree van… Continue reading Acai in Nederland!
Another question I answer a lot these days is the one about motivation. How can I be motivated all the time? And if I train alone how do I continue and stay motivated? Focused? “Push yourself, because no one else is going to do it for you” Self- motivation Well, it`s called self – motivation.… Continue reading Motivation
For the first time I travelled with just a foil and foilkites to my first Formula Kite World Championship. Secretly I was not convinced, not yet. Am I good enough? Should I go ? Do I have the right registered gear? I didn’t used them, yet… Is this a good idea? .. The answer to… Continue reading Formula Kite World Championships – Italy 2019
Snowkiting in Norway > The Hardangervidda: SPOTS & WIND & TIPS 🙂 Were back, back in Norway for some snowkiting action. And I can tell you : After 4 times the Hardangervidda is still as awesome and nice as usual, always full of snow and plenty of wind (for sure this time). It really never… Continue reading Snowkiting in Norway: SPOTS & WIND & TIPS!
……And you know what.. Sky isn’t the limit, you’re mind is! ☄️ #theskyhasnolimit Snowkiting for me (snow and skiing in general) is about reaching limits and challenge my limits nowadays. About: ” Knowing my limits but never accept them.“ Its very common for people to limit their plans and dreams, thinking that they are not… Continue reading They said sky is the limit… so I went to check it out ⬆️👩✈️
Just before the season of 2019 in the Netherlands will kick off and all the competitions and nice days on the water are starting again. I have to share a little throwback of my foil cup Holland & Foil struggles of 2018. Things always seems so easy, and you’re not the only one! I had… Continue reading Foil Season 2018 & my struggles
Amarok Snowkite Worldcup Resia -2019: Back at it. Back at it? It was your first time? Yes indeed. But the skies…. I can manage for a long time 🙂 . And finally found a way to have fun with skies again. Combined with a kite is guaranteed for a smile and adventure. For all who… Continue reading Amarok Snowkite Worldcup Resia -2019: Back at it.
Thinking about, not convinced yet, dreaming about it, wishing I could….nothing wrong with dreaming – if you don’t forget to make them reality! 10 real live hydrofoiling facts I face every day again and again. More kiting days and a new challenge. 1. No more just not enough days – show off ! That means,… Continue reading Why YOU need to start hydrofoiling – 10 simple facts
Watching Sunset s around the world is boring no – one ever said! What is your next destination? For the once who do know me or think they know me: I love to travel, love to discover the unknown and go the places I have never been before! What`s next? That’s the question I always… Continue reading Watching Sunsets around the world is boring no – one ever said! What is your next destination?
My face when someone turns in front of me from out of NO-where…without looking or any sign. Or is passing the marks from the wrong side….And I suddenly need to react.. Just WHY? 2. Always and I mean ALWAYS making the wrong choices (actually being surprised if I make it exactly). Too far away or… Continue reading Foil Cup Holland 2018 – 10 faces 🙂
That moment you wish you could foil and you can! That’s perfect, making the most of all kiting days and circumstances. And leave everybody behind on the beach, just enjoy your session, alone, flying over the water. Seeing people struggle to keep high, seeing kites falling down from the sky and just.. thinking how awesome… Continue reading When was the last time you did something for the first time? How to start hydrofoiling – 10 tips.
My first month in Peru – Paracas, part II. More than kiting Last time, my article was all about the most important activity in Paracas, Peru (and in my life) – Kitesurfing. You know how to get to the kitebeach, the important Windguru facts (how not to miss out on a session or wait for… Continue reading My first month in Peru – Paracas, part II. More than kiting
My first month in Peru – Paracas, part I. 4 letters , one word: First of all some GREAT kitesurfing here! My first month, weeks can be ultra-short summarized, into a repeating 4 letters, ONE WORD: kite – kite –kite & kite. Some days with 7m big air wind, some days with 9m (most of… Continue reading My first month in Peru – Paracas, part I. 4 letters , one word….
Did you know? There is a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they are absolutely free! Don`t miss so many of them!! Especially when it’s a sunrise you can watch from the hydrofoil or a sunset you can enjoy riding around on your twintip 🙂 …… although rigging a kite in the dark… Continue reading Did you ever watched the Sunrise or a sunset?
#photoshop ….. or not? – World Cup Sardinia 2018 NO it isn`t, I really did survive my first WORD CUP ever with a hydrofoil 🙂 Racing in between the best man and woman of the world! Racing with race kites on short lines, which I rode in total 1 or 2 times. I didn’t go… Continue reading #photoshop… or not? -World Cup Sardinia 2018
My road through the Philippines, adventure is the best way to learn! Never ending travels…. …. The Philippines, my road through the Philippines from Pka to Pka, back to the Netherlands to the Phipinnes to the Snow in France. Something like never ending travels and a lot of fitness /Tetris exercises with a boardbag (or… Continue reading Never ending travels: my road trough the Philippines 2018
Kitesurfing: 10 things NOBODY ever tells you. It’s expensive: The winds is free.. But the equipment costs money and how longer you’re kiting how more you think you’ll need of kitesurfing equipment, just to be prepared for every condition. And then the endless driving to find the good spot, the spot with wind and friends….… Continue reading Kitesurfing: 10 things NOBODY ever tells you.
That moment when they all say you’re not eating enough fruit but you know you do! That kind of face 🙂 ….. Essentially it is for kids but in the end we all stay kids is it? Never grow up, it’s a trap! … you should know. Convincing me, is not always easy, especially… Continue reading My snack bag- face!
5 things you’re never allowed to use anymore when it’s about sporting… because I have to answer the question to much: How are you doing it? And if I answere, becasue I like it…. How? Hoevaak krijg ik niet de vraag hoe doe jij dat? En wanneer ik antwoord, omdat ik het leuk vinds…Hoe… Continue reading 5 dingen die je nooit meer mag zeggen als het om sporten gaat.
10 reasons why you should learn snowkiting (also for girls!) Same same but different: you can use the same equipment. Yes, even with your tube kites it will work just fine! Take a snowboard instead of a kiteboard and you will work it out. Don`t worry too much about expensive equipment, for… Continue reading 10 reasons why you should learn snowkiting (also girls!)
A short impression about my time in the Philipinnes! Private flights, playing with the kids, beiing a taxi driver ….. The best surfer out there is the one having the most FUN they say, well I agree. 😉 It’s not always about results, being the best, proving yourself, life isn`t a competition. Life is about… Continue reading The Philipinnes 2018 – Part I. Fun & High Fives!!
Will it be easy? Nope. Worth it? Absolutely! 1.You have to travel to get to the best kitespot and the best islands! Small boat, big boat, bigger boat, small plane, big plane, fisherman, waves, storm, more waves, walking, taxi, jeepney, tricycles, porter, locals… in addition always expect some delay or cancelations along the road.… Continue reading 10 I should have known tips when travelling the Philippines
Stop 4 of the PKA (Philippine Kiteboarding Tour) Cagbalete Island – the final stop , a TRIPLE win in the overall tour. Yep, another stop, the last one and yes, I was supposed to go home before this stop. Enjoy a few hours of Holland and drive to France for some snow together with friends.… Continue reading Stop 4 of the PKA Cagbalete Island – a TRIPLE win!
Stop 4 of the PKA (Philippine Kiteboarding Tour) Cagbalete Island – the final stop , a TRIPLE win in the overall tour.
Yep, another stop, the last one and yes, I was supposed to go home before this stop. Enjoy a few hours of Holland and drive to France for some snow together with friends. Perfectly planned, I thought so. Let the last stop of the PKA secretly pass, in silence. But you know what? that didn`t… Continue reading Stop 4 of the PKA (Philippine Kiteboarding Tour) Cagbalete Island – the final stop , a TRIPLE win in the overall tour.
The third stop of the PKA (Philippine Kiteboarding Tour) is held on Boracay. In the forecast is a lot of wind, strong wind and well, in the details: some rain. Since we are on Cuyo, we decided to go there before the strong wind, thinking about our last boat-trip experience with 50 knots and big… Continue reading Stop 3 of the Philippine Kiteboarding Tour (PKA) : Boracay Island – an all in 1- competition day
After three weeks Cuyo Island (ssst, secret training, I needed it, after the two months of not kiting in Holland – only participating the NK Big Air), time to make my way to Lakawon Island. Not without a reason: for the first stop of The Philippine Kiteboarding Association (PKA) Season 5, because that’s what this… Continue reading Stop 1 of the Philippine Kiteboarding Association (PKA): Lakawon
How are you guys thinking about hydrofoiling? Expensive, fun, or boring? Well I know, there are a lot of different opinions and thoughts about this side- path of the kitesurfing sport.. Al of these thoughts went around at least one time in my head, pretty sure about that!
After a long waiting period (let’s say over one year), a lot of no go`s… We got a GO for the Dutch Championship Big Air (NK Big Air) 2017 (7 Oktober). Actually I forgot about it, receiving the email I did remember I subscribed sometime a year ago. “My plan was… to let it pass… Continue reading Dutch Championships Big Air 2017
Moments of thought At the moment of starting this story, I am enjoying a no internet 12-hour layover in China on my way to the Netherlands (after three flights and still one of 13hours to go….HELPP). Having a nice conversation with another traveler who came from the Philippines just like me. Sharing stories and thoughts,… Continue reading Part I of Traveling The Philippines – Moments of thought
The Redbull Ragnarok is supposed to be a tuff one, I can tell you it is (depending on which year you participate of course). The wind conditions at the Hardangervidda are always a big surprise. It can be really windy on one side while having lack of wind on the other. The challenge this year… Continue reading You know the story of the #redbullragnarok2017?
‘Don’t be a stranger and come back one day ma’am’ There we go…picked up at the hotel by the taxi driver, the reception takes “on time” pretty serious if it’s about flights and foreigners. 5 minutes before the agreed time the phone rings: Ma`am are you ready? I send someone for the bags… eeuh oke,… Continue reading Yihaaaaa.. I am back! – The Netherlands
…brought with pleasure. “Passion is a love for the journey, drive is a need to reach a destination”. So where are you waiting for? Travel the world with me! And believe me I still need to reach a lot of destinations. My blog represents my own travel & kite – adventures & stories, worldwide… Continue reading Driven by passion…
Stop 4 – Cagbalette Island, Mauban Quezon De laatste stop schijnt op een paar uur afstand van Manilla te zijn, Stop 4 – Cagbalette Island, Mauban Quezon. De vraag die ik gelijk voor me zie: hoeveel boten taxies en bussen hebben we nodig om hier te komen? Uiteindelijk valt het mee, om 02;00 snachts vertrekken… Continue reading Stop 4 van de PKA 2017 : Cagbalette Island
De Philippine Kiteboarding Tour 2017 (PKA) Stop 3 van de PKA – Bulabog Beach, Boracay Eind van de maand is het tijd voor Stop 3 van de PKA – Bulabog Beach, Boracay 18 t/m 20 februari 2017. Deze stop vindt plaats in het kite paradijs van de Filipijnen en staat bekend om een hoog niveau… Continue reading Stop 3 van de PKA 2017 – Bulabog Beach, Borocay
De Philippine Kiteboarding Tour 2017 (PKA) The days after – Tablas Island De dag na de competitie begint het ineens wel te waaien, zelfs zoveel dat er een weerswaarschuwing is en er geen boten van of naar het eiland meer gaan. We zitten de komende twee dagen vast op Cagbalette. Twee dagen later komt het… Continue reading De Philippine Kiteboarding Tour 2017 (PKA) – Tablas Island
De Philippine Kiteboarding Tour 2017 (PKA) Zoals elk jaar komt er een moment in Nederland dat je, je toch echt moet toegeven aan die vervelende handschoenen en schoentjes. Ik heb een beetje de gewoonte ontwikkeld dit te omzeilen. Na een maand Brazilië in December, is de Nederlandse winter nog lang niet voorbij en de shock… Continue reading Stop 2: PKA 2017 – Santa Fe, Bantayan Island