It was my 5th time in a row to paddle the SUP 11-City Tour and every year is different.
I never thought I would win this year. I came to Friesland to enjoy and have fun and that’s exactly what I had. I could gain a lot of energy from the support of my friends and the whole crew on the side and just enjoyed what I was doing. That helped me immensely mentally. Because having the mental strength to persevere and enjoy even in difficult conditions is especially important.
Smile and go for it, no matter the conditions and we had really tough conditions this year! Wind gusts up to 70 kmh (headwind of course) and rain, therefore we paddled mostly together to save energy. The race was super close and excited for everyone. Before the last day I was just 10 seconds in front and I new I had to give everything on the last 27 k time trial back to Leeuwarden. My advantage now was that I could chase. Weirdly enough I went through the 5 days without any muscle or body pain, except of some nasty blisters. I knew it was going to be a tough battle with the super strong Petronella van Malsen. Thanks for the pep talk by Ella I started fully motivated, because I had nothing to loose and in the end it was fortunately enough, whereby a big compliment to Petronella, who was extremely strong every day and also pushed me very hard to deliver. Also a big shout out to Nicoline Elisavetha Rasmussen finishing 3rd in her first participation and to all the others who made it through really hard 5 days. You are all heros!
This year everything just worked out and I was able to perfectionize my routine regarding the nutrition, which in the end made the difference for me compared to previous years.
After the race I was just overwhelmed of everything, it felt like a movie that passed by so quick. Super emotional, happy and stoked and still trying to process everything. Thanks to everyone for all the cheers, support and love they gave me. That had definitely giving me wings! You’re part of this victory!
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Recap of my 2nd Planet Canoe#worldchampionships2022 ICF SUP World Championships Gdynia
Looking back with mixed feelings as I was a little bit disappointed after the Longdistance but luckily I’m surrounded of good friends, so I could fight back. Somehow the buoys seemed to like me …
Starting with the last race – the technical, the relief: I had very good Beachstarts, so I made it through all my heats on the quite bumpy 1 k race course advancing into the B final where I finished 6th after a hug of the buoy. Place 14 overall in a super strong field.
The Longdistance race was a personal disaster for me. I put a lot of preparation in this race but the conditions were just too much out of my comfort zone. Up to 1,50m high waves from all directions and strong wind turned the Baltic Sea into a roller coaster. After I got stucked at the buoy and swimming around it, I couldn’t find back my balance and rhythm, so I decided to quit after one lap. Normally giving up is not my mindset but in this case I decided to save energy for the technical and don’t destroy myself. A hard decision why I was a bit bummed. Congrats all who tried it or even finished it, with more than the half of the competitors DNS or DNF.
The sprints – the first race, I made it to the C final ending 3rd in a photo finish with Iva again. A 19tth place overall on 180m what I never practice , so pretty happy with it. Big congrats to 404 teammate April Zilg winning the world title ( on my board )
Thanks for the well organized event with some air of improvement.
Thanks everyone for the support and cheering, was good to see old and new friends from around the world. Looking forward to the next one, knowing now where to work on.
Yesterday was my first race here EUROSUP 2022 I HVIDE SANDE
The 15k Longdistance race crossed the fjord with a little but challenging downwinder because of the small and short waves. Super happy with my result finishing 7th in a very strong field. Stoked to be able to keep up with the leading group until 5k where everyone took their own way catching the small bumps.
Congrats Espe Barreras for a race in your own league and to all girls and my teammates Anne De Boer & Maui Sach
Thanks to everyone for the support and #teamgermany for the cheering
Super proud of Jojo Karst finishing 4th and Kai Carstens finishing 8th in the juniors
The Technical race EUROSUP 2022 I HVIDE SANDE was a tough and difficult one. I had a great start and some close battles in the semifinal with Caterina Stenta & Nicoline Elisavetha Rasmussen for a place in the A final but after a mistake at a buoy I just missed it. After a very early start in the morning and so many long beach runs I was just super tired in the B final with even longer runs (5 times) and after 66 Turns my legs were just dead. Not so satisfied with my own performance but still happy making it in the Top 10 and learned a lot.
But even more happy for Jojo Karst who made it on the podium again in a super tough race with a great performance
To finishing off the Eurosup we took part in the team relay. A fun format with team racing.
In the end #teamgermany finished on the 6th place overall and it was so much fun with the team. Thanks everyone for the support, was a pleasure being part of it
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German SUP Championships Ocean SUP & WINGFOIL FESTIVAL 2022 – Technical & Longdistance.
Very tight and fair battles with Susanne Lier in both races.
The “downwinder” had some tough upwind/ sidewind parts. Conditions made for the 404 Jump where I could lead until 1 km before the finish. Congrats to Susanne Lier and Paulina Herpel
On the next day we had the final of the Technical race. Wind and waves made it a real ocean race – and it was a thriller! Leading from the start, Susanne overtook me but I could overtake her again at the beach run. All ended in a final showdown running to the beach through the water, where I almost fell. All my friends, the kids and parents cheering made me fly but arriving at the finish my legs just couldn’t keep up anymore what a crazy race but I’m super stoked about this title!
This year my focus was more on coaching others, so it was difficult to get my own training program in. But spending lots of time on the ocean payed off. I went into these races without expectations but to see the happy faces and personal success of everyone I train and support, gives me the mental strength to perform. Thanks to everyone for the massive support and cheering congrats to everyone for their races in difficult conditions.
And big shout out to Lena Albano and crew for the great organization and to all my sponsors! German National Title No. 8 in the books .