Reaching the ultimate goal in competitive windsurfing means a life purely dedicated to the sport. There is no half measured approach, there can be no slacking and you need to be lucky to avoid injury whilst pushing the level. It goes without saying that whilst the journey can be non-stop, costly and involve a vast amount of travelling, the rewards reaped from such adventures are, for those who chose it, priceless. Money cannot buy what our sports top athletes experience, yes it might help you get some of the way there, but raw talent puts the icing on the cake. For Arrianne Aukes her dream as a child was to make the PWA podium, and for sure she still aspires to one more final goal within freestyle windsurfing, the very pinnacle of the podium. To get there she will have to beat the slightly intimidating force, by way of her sheer quantity of world titles, that is Sarah-Quita Offringa.
The day before we left, Corsica was still on the cards but as the wind shifted Leucate looked suddenly more attractive
Hitting the road is perhaps one of the most sensible yet adventurous ways to reach that goal, sailing in a multitude of conditions has given Arrianne an ability to stick her moves in the trickiest of heat areas. This meant that in Fuerteventura she pushed Sarah right to the edge and got within touching distance of winning in the final heats. For Arrianne it is perhaps less about this and more about the adventure along the way, yet a consequence of such trips certainly put her in good stead for the coming years. We decided to catch up with Arrianne Aukes to get the tale of her adventure with her boyfriend, James Hoare, through Europe and on to eventually taking the Vice-World Champion trophy, in her most successful year to date. Read the about the trip below and check out the video of her adventures
We were faced by mast high sections and 40 plus knots…
LAST MINUTE DECISIONS
The Idea has been a long time coming! as a young girl me and my family always travelled by camper to different surf spots, so I knew that one day I wanted to revisit a lot of these places again. It just so happened that this summer I was free from studying and my boyfriend had just finished his contract so we could literally go where the wind would take us! We worked for three months in the UK to save for the trip and were lucky enough to be able to borrow the van from my parents. The actual route was pretty vague, all we knew was that we wanted to be in the Canaries for the competitions, so apart from that it was a case of checking windguru and getting advice from friends about where to sail when. The day before we left, Corsica was still on the cards but as the wind shifted Leucate looked suddenly more attractive, that was the story of the trip and it seemed to work out pretty well in the end.