Monday, September 12, 2011

A summer adventure…


...sometimes a bit too much of an adventure, some would say!

Kite-Roadtrip and Bachelor thesis just goes hand in hand!
What a summer… Delivering my bachelor thesis beginning of June left me with 3 weeks of kitefun, before I had to defend my thesis at the end of June. Defending it meant 1 hour with a PowerPoint presentation of the work and explaining the main subjects of the thesis as well as ½ hour questions from both tutors. But first, 3 weeks kiting!!:) I went to Denmark to visit some of my best friends, and had some great days on the water at the different spots around Copenhagen. We even spent a whole Sunday at TIVOLI (!!), running around like the biggest kids, testing some of the world’s greatest rollercoasters. After this I joined the Kids Camp in Born, instructing a bunch of children and having fun. It is amazing to see how fast the kids get control of the kite and the board! Then one week in Saal at the Baltic sea, with amazing conditions and good friends. I couldn’t have done all this without the good prices and special offers at STARCAR rental cars (check it out, best prices in town!).



My tent ;) Lived through every storm and
bad weather in Germany this summer!

My rental car, packing the stuff for the night

And Sophie's car/sleeping place:)

Beloved Saal / Darßer Bodden, one of the best flatwater spots in Germany


Saturday the 25th I went back to Bremen, to prepare my presentation, which was the 27th at 10 a.m. in the morning. Working 24hours on it non-stop, I’ll never do that again!! But worked out fine, best notes, so perfect optimizing of time and effort!

Greece/Kos
Next up… My flight to Greece on the 29th! I just had to get all the furniture out of the apartment in Bremen, pack all my stuff, and bring it to Cuxhaven for storage at some friends. Working 24hours non-stop one more time, I’ll never do that again!!!
Finally arriving at Kos/Greece and 6 weeks of training and working before the finals of the German Championship in Fehmarn. I had some great weeks, enjoying this summer without injuries and in this way also managed to push my kite skills to a new level. Kos is a perfect Island for kiteboarding, with Mastichari as a base. In this little idyllic town, you find everything you need, just a few km away from the island’s best Kitespots: Kochilaris (wavespot) and Salt Lake (Flat/chop). You need to know the island and where to go, as the wind will vary depending on the wind direction. Mastichari itself has low wind, and is great for beginners who want to use the facilities of the kite- and surfschool at the spot (http://water-proof.de/).

Some pics from a nice day at the Salt Lake:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

1st Place German Championship Fehmarn
After 6 weeks I went back to Germany to compete at the German Championship. I wasn’t too prepared, as I didn’t have a tent, no sleeping madras, no blanket, no shoes. I even needed a board, because unfortunately stupid enough my broke the day before leaving!! I had a small stone between the footpad and the board, which made a whole in my board after a couple of hard landings.
Thanks to Heike and Thomy, I had a shelter (tent – 15 years old, almost keeping all the water out) and everything else I needed. Thanks to Annika, I had a board as my first heat went off. Thanks to Jan, I had a ride from Hamburg to Fehmarn and back, and thanks to Mieke and Chrischi, I had a place to stay in Hamburg:). And so I won the whole competition, which I absolutely didn’t expect!


1st Anne Valvatne
2nd Sabrina Lutz
3rd Skadi Siegmeyer
PKRA World Cup St.Peter Ording
Somehow someone managed to convince me to join the PKRA stop in St.Peter Ording. I’ve never competed on this high level before, so I didn’t enter into the competition with too big expectations, which was good, because I really messed it up and didn’t manage to qualify. Well, winner one day, looser next day – still with a big smile and lesson learned. “Learning by doing” – next time I won’t do the same mistakes. At least almost all the other German riders qualified, so I was happy for them, and I got to go kiting myself. Unfortunately the wind wasn’t perfect at all time, so the competition “air time” didn’t take place. It would have been really interesting to see how my level is, when it comes to “air time”, as most of the girls train more freestyle, and I train both. Anyway, 10 days in a tent in this sandy desert was a hard time, but it was absolutely worth it! I met a lot of really nice and inspiring people and new friends. And it was astonishing to see some of the best kiters of the world ride the waves of St. Peter Ording!

Some pics from the days in St.Peter together with Sophie:)
 
 
 
 
 

I really want to thank my sponsors for this summer. Kitesurfing and a kitelife is really expensive, and without your support;

Kailua Sports with Naish/Pro Limit – kites, boards, wetsuits, harness
Two.ag – boards
Cool Shoes – my flip flops
Schwerelosigkite – my clothes!!


I wouldn’t have been where I am now and had this amazing summer!


cheerio,
Anne

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

4th in Büsum and summer holidays..


After 3 months of hard work on my bachelor-thesis, being 3 weeks sick and not training much, the
weekend in Büsum ended more or less like expected, on the 4th place. To the bad preparation comes that it wasn’t much wind. I did nice downwind heats (for those of you not kiting, this means bearing away from the wind, without power enough in the kite because of the light wind, to do any jumps), running back up, and going downwind again. The first heat against Meike Erichsen went pretty well, the wind was pretty ok, so I could actually do about 7-8 tricks in 7 minutes.. Then in the quarter final against Susanne Brill the wind dropped, and I think I did 3 tricks all in all, spending the rest of the time running back on the shore. Susanne did much better, jumping around, doing blinds and nice tricks! So she won, and went to the final against Sabrina Lutz, did the same thing, and won again. Congratulations to Susanne for nice kiting in those conditions!:) I had to go against Skadi Siegmeyer in the loosers final, Skadi did a lot more tricks than me, and I did 1 S-bend, 1 Raley and 1 Raley to blind (which even, I think, was outside the contest area..) and a lot of downwind and running on the shore! Skadi deservedly won the heat, congrats to your 3rd place. After the heat the wind was completely gone, and the final was set on wait. I think it would have been fair to do both finals the next day, in this way we could have been showing off with a bit of better kiting… We all hope for more wind in Fehmarn, so we can actually show that we can kite!! The next day the thermic wind came around 3 o’clock, but unfortunately didn’t last long enough to obtain any results for the men or juniors. Never the less, outside on the ocean side (the competition took place in a little bay/lagoon behind the dike) the wind was perfectly blowing, constant, with flat water conditions, so me and a couple of the other competitors got 2-3 hours of riding the frustration away :) Great!!
All in all, the weekend was really nice, the Kitesurf Trophy Team did a great job offering all kind of alternative activities for people like me suffering from mild ADHD, organizing nice parties and a lot of fun. Thanks guys, for making a perfect weekend despite lack of wind.
And, thanks to Heike and Tomy for taking care of their “Gartenzwerg”:O) And of course Jan, without you I wouldn't have managed to get to Büsum and back with all my mess!!:)


 (doing the winddance...and then the wind came!!)

No I’m off to Copenhagen, to see my best friend, and make the Kitespots on the Danish coast unsafe, nice - see you on the water

aloha
Anne

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Back to kite :)


HUHUUU the summer can come!!

I’ve been writing on my bachelor-thesis since the middle of February, and finally:
IT’S DONE!! ES IST FERTIG!! ACABOU!! FERDIG!

I was writing the work together with Stefan, so congratulations to us:)
Since we were doing an analysis of the German kite-travel-market, the work was very interesting and “easy going”. Among others, we made a consumer analysis using an online-survey and reached over 700 kiters. Here are some of the interesting aspects about us kiters:
More and more girls are joining the sport!! That’s great, isn’t it??:) The number of female kiters has risen with 7 % since 2006. A Kitesurfer has an average age of 27,4 years – which we just can’t really say fits to the picture which the different Kitespots in Germany presents. We reckon that the average age must be much higher, and that the average age of 27,4 years is due to that most answers came through Oase Forum and Facebook – in this way reaching mainly younger people. Almost half of the kitesurfers are in a relationship, where the partner also kites or at least would like to learn kitesurfing. They earn pretty good money and travel A LOT!
The answer to ‘how many boards and kites do you have?’ was quite surprising to us … On average the German kitesurfer has 4,2 Kites and 3,5 boards!! How come I only have one board??;)Further on, the kitesurfer prefers self supply during his holiday. When the Kitesurfer goes travelling, the most important is:
kitesurfing!
of course.
 
Almost none of the us pay any interest to cultural activities… How come this result doesn’t surprise me:)?
That was just a tiny excerpt of over results. All in all I’m very satisfied with the outcome of the thesis and look forward to the presentation on the 27th of June.
Tomorrow I will head for Büsum and the second part of the Kitesurf Trophy here in Germany. Because of lack of wind at the first event in Dahme there are yet no results in the freestyle classes. The forecast this weekend doesn’t look to good, but cross your fingers and do the wind dance – then the wind will come! I haven’t been able to train too much this winter or spring, so I’m not going into the competition with too high expectations – which is good, I think! Just give me wind, and I’m happy:)

See you on the water,

loop it like Beckham.

aloha Anne




Saturday, April 30, 2011

Easter time in Norway 15th-21th of April

Ohh, what a great week back home in the mountains of Beitostölen!! Like every eastern me, my parents, my sister, my uncle and aunt and both my cousins as well as Maddie gathered in the cabin in Beitostölen. I love it there! The easterweek has been a tradition since I was 8 years of age:) This year the easter was really late, so there wasn’t too much snow for cross country or snowkiting. But all the way up on the Valdresflya, there was about 1-2 meters of snow left and luckily for me 4 out of 6 days with wind! Here are some pictures, thanks to my sister and Mariann for having some patience with both me and the wind this day.













Aloha and see you on the water
Anne

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Starting the season with two new sponsors!!


I’m so happy to announce that, for the upcoming season, I’ll be supported by:

Cool Shoe Corporation
&
Schwerelosigkite
 
I’m looking forward to the cooperation and I’m really proud of being a part of such innovative brands!

Cool shoe is a creative brand which appeals to surfers as well as beach fans. With their innovative use of colors, I’ll be an eye-catcher wherever I go, and next to being cool and colorful, the shoes and flip flops are really comfortable - in this way, simply a must have! I’m proud to be a rider of the cool shoe team and look forward to rock the world with new shoes.

Schwerelosigkite is an upcoming and innovative brand in Germany, which makes amazing clothes and accessories with a touch of surf style for girls and boys, for kiters as well as for “normal” people. After a long kite session, I just love putting on my Schwerelosigkite beanie and slip into the warm fleece pullover. Peter and Andi, thanks for giving me the possibility to represent your clothes and be a part of your team!Ohh, and here are some of my favourite shoots from Hurghada, from the photoshoot for Schwerelosigkite:














Photos by: Mirko Bennetz
THANK YOU!!!:)




See you on the water,
aloha
Anne