Recharge

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And over to Tine:

An idea or a dream? This was the question that was going through my mind when I was thinking about what I have just lived with my friends. One day somebody told me: “People that have dreams live a happier life” and I must agree with him.
After a long and tiring season there would be nothing better to recharge than a relaxed week on a luxury boat with amazing food and windsurfing just for my soul, not to compete and not to score, probably alone on the spot, or just with best friends. The whole expedition gets even more exciting if you see it as a search for new spots almost in front of my home about which I was thinking for the past four years traveling around the globe for competitions and training and never had the chance to explore.
Eight windsurfers:
  • Tine Slabe – F2, Naish Sails (Slovenian best sailor and freestyle champion),
  • Tom Hartmann – Naish (Austrian top Freestyler),
  • Regis Buron – Goya (French wave sailor),
  • Florian Jung – Hi Fly, Gun Sails (German top sailor),
  • Michael Sumereder – RRD, North Sails (Austrian newcomer in freestyle),
  • Toni Zupančič – Challenger Sails (Slovenian wave dreamer),
  • Denis Podrug (Croatian wave sailor),
  • Davor Bumbak (spots expert in the region, have a lot of experience in the Island),
two crew members, two cooks, two cameramen and a photographer met in an old Mediterranean city of Split, where a two-mast luxury sailing boat Fortuna Dalmata was waiting to host us for a week. As we were a bit late we spent the first night in the home port of the boat in Split, where we played the Playstation long in the night. Next morning we got up in a splendid sunny day and we went to the island of Brač for lunch. We had no wind but it was a perfect time to get used to each other and the boat. The forecast showed morning wind on the north of Korčula Island. I woke up already at 5:30 am and with the captain we decided to check it out. When we got out of the harbor there was some wind. I woke up everybody and rigged my Naish Force 5.7. The sun was just coming out when I jumped into the crystal clear sea. Alone in the nature I was sailing slowly out to the wind as the boat was anchored behind a little island. I knew that I am most probably the first windsurfer who ever surfed there. I got the first gust and got on planning, the joy and happiness that was in me is indescribable. I was screaming and could not stop smiling. Right after me Michi came and then all the guys. We had a really nice early morning freestyle session. After breakfast we started sailing to the island of Vis where we would wait for the south wind to come. With Bumbak and the captain we decided where we will hide the boat from the wind. After a day trip on the island of Vis that has some outstanding views and beautiful Mediterranean villages we tested the island vine and grappa. In the evening we positioned the boat for the night and went with a dinghy to a small island to watch the beautiful sun down. Next morning the wind came but the waves were just a bit too small that they would start breaking on the reef that we saw on the map. When we were cruising around the small islands in search for some more breaks Toni found a few waves for his soul. We had a nice sailing again on a place that no one windsurfed before. The luxury boat, that has a bathroom in every room, allowed us to take hot shower still in the wetsuit after putting our equipment on the deck. The forecast was really good for the last day on Vis, but in that time the island was supposed to be heated with the wind from the north. We protected the boat in front of a bunker for the submarines that was built after the second war by Tito’s army. Unfortunately the forecast did not come true and also the wind direction was wrong for the point break. We had an average day, but again in a new spot.
The week was so quickly around, so it was time to sail back to Split. We passed the Pakleni islands and returned to Split on the night before all of us had to leave. Although it was Sunday night we had an amazing closing party with everyone who was on the boat for the last week. The atmosphere was incredible!
I realized one of my dreams that I sheared with my friends and I know they could have felt it as the atmosphere on the boat was unforgettable. We spent a relaxed week sailing new untouched places that we also left untouched. The experience showed me that anyone that has a dream and believes in it can reach it so: keep on dreaming! I will do it!

Photo Credit: Geisselbrecht

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