Scoring at home
We all know of those special days at the home spot. Every now and then, the conditions line up to deliver that perfect day. German Severne rider Julian Wiemer just scored one of those days and here is his story.
Photos by Luke Jertz
In Julians words
The days we wait and live for! When strong west wind fronts hit northern Europe. That’s when we’ve got to decide if we drive up to the Dutch coast or stay and sail at home, close to Cologne in Germany to freestyle at the little pond where I grew up and learned to windsurf.
For this forecast, we decided to stay home and scored an epic day. 20-40 knots of wind, a mixture of sun and clouds, and the perfect wind direction to make my little freestyle spot work. With this wind direction, the wind blows straight into the funnel-shaped part of the lake, accelerates a little bit, and creates some nice chop on both sides. Usually, we get these kind of conditions in late autumn or in the middle of winter when it’s freezing cold, so it was even more beautiful to get it in spring with temperatures around 15 degrees.
I was using my 4.4 Freek all day to make sure I could plane through the patchy parts and keep the speed to bust out a move before reaching the opposite shore. It was so much fun and definitely a day to remember.
More Severne news
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Five episodes of “Flight School” videos with Severne rider Sebastian Kördel are now online. These first episodes cover anything from your first steps to nailing those foiling gybes.
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Lanzarote Foil Challenge 2022 – Mateus Isaac wins iQFOiL division, Amado Vrieswijk finishes second overall
The 2022 edition of the Lanzarote Foil Challenge was a true challenge. With winds gusting up to 30 knots on certain locations, the this years’ fleet weathered a large spectrum of conditions to complete the nearly 200km long journey. For the Severne team it was yet another successful journey with Mateus Isaac winning the iQFOiL fleet, as well as, finishing third overall. Amado Vrieswijk finished second overall.
Severne rider Sebastian Kördel is launching “Flight School”; a series of videos aimed at guiding beginners and experienced foilers alike. Whether you’re a beginner or fine tuning your foil gybes, this will be the right series for you. The first episode covers your first steps into the water, as well as, your first flight.