finally some 2015 riding in Egypt

28 Mar

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Lately I’ve been to El Gouna to start my 2015 season there. It’s been a nice two weeks which fortunately I spend with some old friends from Polska. We all were kiting in Red Sea Zone kiteschool. I always go there and I really like El Gouna when I have some free time durring winter/spring to organize a quick trip there. This time during our first week we had solid wind for 9 and 11’s. Second week was unfortunately poor and we only managed to to kite on our last day. In between it was windless and got really hot. I spend most of those days riding in Sliders cable park which was just a short walk from our apartment.

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I was a bit nervous before my first session cause it’s been a longest time without kiting for me (5 months- shiiiit!). Somehow I managed not to kill myself on a first day and after few hours even ride quite all right, I guess. Didn’t forgot how to throw good old mobe5 and fbm at least but I struggled so much with dblsbends- that’s one trick that you will always forget after some time off the water. I felt also complately stupid when trying KGBs. Although I could land them it was nothing like last year when grabs and blind landings were just laughable.

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I had a great time in Sliders cable. First of all I was riding a lot with Jeroen which was funny as hell and just to choose between two cables with diffrent obsticles for the whole day was a blast. I think I will try to spend more time this year on cables. Especially when lame riding allows you to progres a lot every single day which is my case for sure.

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To sum up I’m very happy with my new kites and wakeboard which finally works well. Without bullshit kites are awesome this year so I hope gay graphic design and that hidious bedspring on a depower line will soon be banished or fixed in any other way. That would make almost perfect kite. If we’re on “cabrinha” topic then I can also say few words about their bindings. Even though they look (in my opinion) DUMB, like some skiboots from late 80’s they are AWESOME. 3 straps which is a solution I’ve never been a fan here work surprisingly well. They are very light and most of all comfortable.

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That’s about it. Great thanks to RedSeaZone and Sliders crew, I had great time as always!

 

here’s a little edit for you:

 

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story behind the SEASON’S END

14 Dec

For everybody who hasn’t seen it yet here’s my newest video. Those who are interested in more than some gay descriptions from kite portals you can read my story behind the video as well.

The story:

“It was amazing to shoot another video with Dzida Production (check their website here: http://www.dzida.com/). In just one day we managed to film sort of my season’s summary. Maybe it wasn’t a perfect time to do it- weather was dull, grey sky and cold water set the unpleasent, harsh mood which we definatelly felt after a few hours behind the camera and on the water.  For sure it was something diffrent to sessions that most of the “kiting industry” (as they like to say nowadays) were enjoing probably in Brazil as it was the begining of October when we met to film.

Even the whole situation of this so called project was pretty intresting. I only managed to work on the video because I didn’t  fly to Greece which was the orginal plan of how I would spend last weeks before I’m starting studing again. I was ready to leave as soon as I ended my last exam in September but unfortunately I missed a plane due to the invalid ID which expired something like 20 days before the flight. So I was pretty pissed that insted of having great time there I will have to waste well deserved two weeks off on crappy kiting in Poland.

Fortunately there were some friends at home to kite with and so with quite a nice forecast I managed to have few cool sessions with Maciek all over Hel and Rewa. Conditions were really unexpected all the time, we had sun, rain, even a storm once but in general it was pretty swell. Actually I thought I had the best time on the water durring this year. Of course that ment I was just furious every time I went out cause I knew what I was missing on Rhodes. I sweared a lot and was ready to kill anyone getting in a way especially in Rewa where the spot is always crowded. To calm me down I had music with me and I just didn’t care about others out there. In fact I was also hard on myself cause it was almost sure that those will be my last kiting days of the year. How I have survived those crashes I don’t know to this day. So angry as f@ck I had splendid few days which worked  really great for me in the end.

Finally the wind stopped blowing and I was ready to pack all kites and wait for another season. Then Mleczny from Dzida Production called me and said about making a video the following week. We agreed to wait for a good forecast and finally we met in Rewa to shoot. It was cold, not even 10C so of course I thought in the morning about all these lucky motherf@ckers that have a blast on Cauipe and started to pump my 13m. Thankfully it went pretty smooth and durring 2 sessions we maneged to film almost everything we wanted.

Music for the movie is a great classic of course but I also really wanted it after watching one of Raph Derome’s videos which everybody should know.

I hope we’re going to film another video with Dzida next year and that’s it for now. Thanks for my sponsors who helped me durring this season and made projects like this movie possible. That would be SU-2 kiteboarding, Cabrinha, 24surf.pl, X-1 Audio and Physio&Therapy.”

 

 

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new video dropping!

21 Nov

Finally a new video from Dzida Production is ready! We filmed it in October durring one day only. Weather wasn’t so wonderful then and for sure it wasn’t warm. But despite all that I had a great day and after two crazy sessions we could say (exhuasted but happy) that we had done a pretty good job. You will see results on Manday anyway so I hope you’ll like it.

The video is called KONIEC SEZONU which means Season’s End.

what kind of message is this dear PKRA ???

1 Nov

Thanks to the fact I dont compete on PKRA and I probably won’t do it in the future I wanted to give my opinion about the extraordinary end of tour stop in Pingtan. This is a real head scratcher and I think more of us should hear about what is going on at PKRA tour this year. As you might know there was an issue with girls devision. Last heat of doubles could decide if we have a world champion but after first final which Karolina has won and she was still able to come back from second place and take the title by winnig super final girls were informed that the super final is postponed to the next day. The following day another information from the head judge was that the super final will take place durring NEXT TOUR STOP in Hainan. In my opininon it is very unfair and strange to act that way if you talk about whole season of sport rivalry between Gisela and Karolina.

Here’s are some comments from Karolina and Gisela as well as a very interesting post from hanglos about that event. 10553576_810967335613320_972707800528636979_n

Karolina after hearing the news:

There is a lot of drama happening here at the PKRA event. One of my best tricks (backmobe) wasn’t scored during the final and the decision was made to re-run the final heat today(that’s what they do in the men division when they miss a trick). However my opponent is claiming that she is not going to compete today because she is ‘injured’ now… The final decision is not made, but we might re-run the heat on the next event in Haikou. I don’t think is fair but I am going to stay strong and fight as much as possible to WIN THIS TOUR !!!

…and later on:

Thank you everybody for so much support. We all know that the decision made by the judging committiee was unjust and that postponig the Pingtan final to a different competition is just a joke. On my side I feel stronger than ever and I am going to do everything I can to show who is the BEST here ! K

Gisela had this to say:

We are leaving Pingtan without an official result of the event. Yesterday in the double elimination I lost the final against Karolina so we had to do the “superfinal” to break the tie. After announcing the result that I was the winner, they said they missed one of Karolina’s trick and that was a potential manoeuvre to change the result, so we would need to do a re-run. Unfortunately after I came out of the water I cut my foot pretty deep so I wasn’t in my 100% today. The PKRA committee decided to postpone the final to the next and final stop in Haikou, China.
All I do in life is because is my passion and it makes me happy. I just want to be honest with all of you guys. I’m over this. I don’t agree with any decision that has been made, the unfair judging during the whole year, and specially here in Pingtan, re-running the final heat, postponing it to the next competition. I’m tired of all the politics in the sport; it takes all the good fun out of it. The situation went to far that I lost all the motivation I had after my training in Brazil. I just feel like going home. Still I’m one of the luckiest person in the world to have such a support from my family and sponsors in Spain and my friends that are here in China. That leaves me a little bit of energy to go to Haikou and finish the year. Because of the respect they deserve I’m going to fight the situation and give my best.

there is also a bigger issue about unfair scoring throughout the whole year. there were many upsets both in men and girls division.  here’s a short video and comment from Gisela about the heat in Pingtan:

Today I was checking the footage from the final heat in Pingtan and comparing the scores. What do you guys think?

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lastly read this text from a spectator who watched competition in Pingtan. pretty interesting facts in there:

After the recent event of the PKRA world kiteboarding tour in Pingtan China a lot of rumors and stories have been circling the internet. As an outside person I witnessed these events unfold and I think it’s important for everyone to just look at the facts. For me the PKRA always stood for the up-most progression of the sport and I feel the decisions made at this event are far from a progressive or fair approach to take. I only hope with this information made public, changes will be made in the future to keep the tour progressing. 

This is my recount of what I witnessed there:

Pingtan was like any other event, with a panel of judges and crew that moves to different locations around the world. 

Both Men and Womens world titles were able to be won in Pingtan and it was a matter of either Christophe Tack placing higher than Liam Whaley in the Mens or Karolina Winkowska placing higher than Gisela Pulido in the womens to do so. Both Whaley and Pulido would have to win both of the final stops in China (Pingtan and Haikou) to secure victory.

The mens competition ran as normal with the result of Christophe Tack in 2nd place in both Single and Double Elimination clinching victory for the World Title over Whaley.

The Single Elimination of the Womens division saw Pulido take the win over Winkowska.

(In this situation Pulido would have to be defeated twice in the Double Elimination to loose her 1st place, an outcome that has happened to both ladies this year.)

The Double elimination saw Winkowska win the first final and send both ladies into a “super final”, in which the winner would be the ultimate winner of the event. The super final was close with both girls throwing quite different tricks to each other, Pulido was undoubtedly in the lead the entire heat until the dying seconds where Winkowska produced 3 tricks in a very short space of time (two tacks) making the result uncertain to spectators.
The Women were hurried from the water and onto the podium where Pulido was awarded the first place.

It was after the podium that the riders could check their score sheets, at this point Winkowska noticed that the judges had missed scoring her second last trick (Backmobe). (This was a trick that would most likely be her highest scoring trick.)

The judges were called back to the tower and after video evidence was found that the trick actually occurred the judges were made to score the trick. This scoring was not to decide a winner but only to justify whether a re-run of the Super Final should be made. After scoring it was decided that the Backmobe could have likely changed the result and the fairest situation would be to re-run the heat the following day at 2’clock, as was told to both girls and was posted on the PKRA Press Release that night. 

(This wasn’t the first time a situation like this has occurred on the PKRA with every other “missed trick” scenario being dealt with in the same way for the entire season.)

Pulido and Winkowska were obviously both upset by the situation, with neither happy with the outcome. Winkowska remained reserved whilst Pulido was heard saying more than once by various riders “This is bullshit, I’m not competing tomorrow”.

Pulido was later over-heard in the hotel talking on the phone to the head judge Sami Gali saying she had the investor of the tour “Javier” (majority investor of Best Kiteboarding.) on the other line and that he wanted to talk to him and he better sort this situation out.
(Although we have no proof (recording) of this phone call, when both Pulido and Gali were fronted by riders about the situation, they admitted that they had both talked on the phone to each other that night and had also both been in contact with the investor of the tour (Javier) more than once, although they did not disclose what they had talked about.)

Fast forward to the next morning and both girls (Pulido and Winkowka) were called to a meeting. In this meeting head judge Gali informed both riders that there would be no re-run today due to Pulido having a small cut on her foot. Furthermore Pulido would be given until 6:30pm that day to make a decision on whether she would like to; 

a) Run the final again at the beginning of the next tour stop, or, 

b) Make the final event of the year count for double the regular allocation of tour points.

No option for decision was given to Winkowska for any situation.

By lunchtime most riders had heard of the situation, with most confused as to how a decision to re-run the final at a different location could ever be made. The riders committee were not in agreement with the Head judge Gali and a meeting was made. The riders committee fought against re-running the final at a different event location as it would be; 

a) Unfair for both riders in different ways, and, 

b) Set precedence for events further a field that they did not agree with.

The riders did not over-turn the decision and the decision was upheld to;
Re-run the Womens Super Final at the next event location in Haikou (China) due to the fact that Pulido had a small cut on her foot and it would not be a fair situation to re-run the heat on the final day. 

Things to Note* 

- The final day of the event was sunny with perfect 22knot conditions from sun up to sun down with many riders including Winkowska free-riding for the majority of the day.

- No final (or heat) in the history of the sport or the PKRA has been postponed to accommodate an injured rider.

- No final (or heat) in the history of the sport or the PKRA has been moved to the following event for completion. 

- Javier the majority investor of Best Kiteboarding is still the sole owner of the PKRA tour, with no proof available as of yet to whether Virgin (or anyone else) has invested in the tour.

http://hanglos.nl/forum/kite-discussie/topics/312499/pkra-pingtan-the-facts/page-1.html

Who could expect that this will bring such an outbreak of irritation.

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…so yeah, SHAME ON YOU PKRA. I’ll keep fingers crossed for Karolina! Keep fighting!

season’s end

15 Oct

Finally it’s time to sum up 2014 season. It’s been great to visit my favourite places once again this year and kite with all cool people I met there. kiting in Turkey, Egypt and Greece was a blast although I’m never going back to Praso in the middle of July- it was so crowded there!!!

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Competitions in Poland were really exciting as well cause till last event it wasn’t quite clear who will take the win. I had my ups and downs but after all I became Polish champion for the first time. Unfortunately I didn’t feel confident on the first couple of stops. For me May was just begining of the season and between comps I was more focused on passing my exams. But of course that’s not the whole truth if I think about all those sessions when I skipped classes. For sure it was hard to manage both things.

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In July I came back to Turkey again for whole month this time. I love to be there and I always progress a lot in Gokova. The funny story from Turkey was my “line set up situation”. After few months of using my cabrinha bars I noticed that lines were totally fucked up. It explained SO MUCH! For me the most amazing part was that nobody’s seen this mistake throughout this time. I don’t really want to write about last comp in Jastarnia. It wasn’t windy, I was riding quite well, we didn’t have a chance to finish last heats- so that’s it. In the end I couldn’t win last event but I managed to win the whole tour ( there were 4 stops in total) and as a result become freestyle champion. I’m really happy about it because it took me some time.

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Last weeks were really cool. Although I didn’t  visit Rodos once again I scored some pretty sick sessions here in Poland. I got my audio set and I could just enjoy my riding (which is always the best after summer).  What made me even happier was an opportunity to work with Dzida again. We met on 6th of October (which for me is wierd enough- freezing temperature). Somehow I had one of the best days and I can’t wait to see the result. So stay tuned for the upcoming video. I just can say it will be intense. Remember that everything was captured durring one day in October.

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freestyle champion finally

29 Sep

Here’s a video from the  last stop of Ford Kite Cup where I became the Polish champion after 4 events during this season.

X-1 Audio boosting my september sessions!

29 Sep

Pływałem trochę przez ostatni tydzień. Czasem pogoda nie dopisywała i było dosyć zimno, jedna sesja zakończyła się nawet burzą i potwornym deszczem. Na szczęście były też te świetne wrześniowe warunki czyli mocny wiatr i słońce. Tak udało mi się wpaść do Rewy na godzinę MOCY. Zapomniałem zabrać swojej 9 i musiałem jakoś radzić sobie z klasycznym przepałowaniem na 11. Początek był jeszcze bardzo dobry i zrobiłem kilka konkretnych mobów i 315nastek. Później niestety rozwiało się do jakiś 25 i więcej węzłów i zostały tylko skoki do góry. Motywacji dodawała mi playlista w moim nowym seciku wodoodpornych słuchawek i pokrowcu na smartphona. Z niewiadomych przyczyn w wakacje pływałem bardzo rzadko z muzyką i strasznie się cieszę, że jestem teraz w teamie X-1 Audio, więc mam wszystkie niezbędne rzeczy do pływania z dobrym beatem w tle.

Wczoraj zaliczyłem kolejną niesamowitą sesje jak na polskie warunki. Cała godzina pływania samemu (minęła mnie tylko grupka zapalonych downwindowców). Szkoda tylko, że nie było nikogo z kamerą, bo miałem chyba najlepsze pływanie w Polsce w tym roku. Z drugiej strony nikt mi tego nie odbierze i z muzyczką w uszach samotnie skitrany między trzcinkami na półwyspie waliłem za pierwszą próbą takie bangery jak dblsbend3, dblbackrool3, mobe5, fbm, kgb 2 blind. Przez całą godzinę wywaliłem się tylko 2 razy- to był szok.

Także na koniec mogę pokazać Wam tylko moją recenzję nowego sprzętu audio, bo niestety wszystkie te tricki zostały uwiecznione tylko w mojej głowie jak zajebiście zadowolony wracałem do domu.

Pozdro!

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