Since my last post there has been a lot of sailing, testing gear, hanging out with nice people and the Simmer style photoshoot has started. There was a few days without wind but then I got to surf and do some other workouts to keep active.
Yesterday I got my hands of a new prototype I have been working on together with Ola Helenius, Simmer board designer. It’s a tweak on the Flywave shape and I got to test it right away at Hookipa. The board felt very nice and I think it will be amazing after I have tuned it in a bit with fin set up, mast foot position etc. I have also been testing the 2016 sails together with sail designer and owner Tomas Persson. We have, together with the team, been sorting out the last touches needed on the sails and they will come out great! So happy and thankful that I get to be involved in the R&D with these talented and nice people!
Me and Tomas working on the 2016 Simmer sails.
I have also lost the keys to my car two times in one week. Must be the massive testing days that have taken to much of my concentration, haha..
Squeeezing in to get a lift back home after I’ve lost my car keys at sea..
The wind keeps blowing here and today we’ll be busy with the photoshoot! What a season so far!
The last few days on Maui has been like the first ones, windy and wavy! Been sailing in Hookipa but also had a jumping session at sprecks yesterday. Was good to get some jumps in and then I had a really nice evening at Hookipa. Got some of the best waves I ridden here. One wave hold up so good that I got three solid turns and a nice air to finish it of with, stoke!
I have been practicing the Goiter a bit as well and getting closer. Pretty much always lands inside the wave now but just need to pull the sail out of the white water…
Nice goiter shot by Fish Bowl Diaries!
We have some Simmer prototype boards here as well that I’ve been testing. Super fun to test and feel the differences etc! Also been checking out the process of a new proto that I have been designing with Ola Helenius. It’s awesome to see how the board is made from scratch!
Checking out the making of the prototype designed by me and Ola.
Nice evening session at Hookipa. Photo: Fish Bowl Diaries
The forecast looks really good for the mid/end of the week so hopefully I’ll be able to test my new board!
Keep you posted,
So, I’m finally back on Maui. After a pretty long trip it was good to step out of the plane and breath the Maui air and hear the sounds of palm trees in the wind.
The trip couldn’t start better as there was wind and waves. I got a full day at Hookipa sailing and got in to the grove a bit.
Tweaked air at Hookipa. Photo: Jimme Hepp
Now I’m looking forward to the next days as the look windy. Will be nice to get some practice before the shoot start so I can deliver some sick shots!
Keep you guys posted!
Photos: Jimmie Hepp
After a really good winter it feels like the spring has arrived. It’s getting warmer but it is less windy as well. I have therefore concentrated a bit more on physical training to be in good shape for my training and shooting trip to Maui. I have spent a lot of time doing Muay Thai and gym. I feel in really good shape atm and lost a few kilos which is good for the upcoming season.
in the fight cave
I do really looking forward to go to Maui now and practice hard! I’m planning to do the event there in November so hopefully I’ll get a lot of good sailing in Hookipa.. It will also be awesome to do my second photoshoot for Simmer, I know the new gear looks amazing and can’t wait to try the 2016 stuff!
Keep you posted,
The 8th episode in my podcast project is online!
Here’s a description from MacG Productions:
Markus decided to spend the winter in Sweden instead of traveling to warmer climates to practice for the upcoming season. What he didn’t know was that this winter would go to the history book for being super windy.
Here’s the outcome of two filmed sessions during the storms ”Svea” and ”Egon”.
Enjoy /MacG Productions
I’m stoked about this episode and the new look on the intro!
Hope you like it,
After the Storm Svea we got hit by another storm called ”Egon”. This one brought some sick conditions at Läjet. It was so good that even my Simmer team captain Kai Katchadourian came over for a sesh. It was incredible to see him shred and enjoy my home spot!
Me and Simmer team captain Kai Katchadourian stoked after a sesh in Läjet! Photo: Emma Häggström
For me it was one of the best sessions this winter. I was in form and did some of the biggest jumps I’ve done!
Stalled forward. Photo: Christer Holm
Photo: Christer Holm
After that I though it was over as a pattern of cold weather hit us but how wrong I was. The wind has kept on blowing and I have had some really good sessions, one we had was in -1,5 degrees and snow but some Vikings where still out shredding!
Photo: Christer Holm
Photo: Christer Holm
One footed backloop. Photo: Christer Holm
Photo: Mikael Linder
Done after a proper winter session! Photo: Mikael Linder
The storm Svea hit Sweden with full force last weekend. In the beginning I was able to handle it but after an hour it switched on and got insane. Totally overpowered on 3,7 and it was hard to control the jumps. But riding wise it was good. Super close to land the goiter in onshore, hopefully I’ll stick it next session!
Well, the action won’t stop because a new low pressure is hitting us in a few days. Time to get some rest and get ready for another hardcore weekend!
A big thanks for the great shots Fredrik Johnsson and David Holmqvist!
Heading out to play in the storm Svea! Photo: Fredrik Johnsson
Had a long swim after this… Photo: David Holmqvist
Well the wind just keeps on pumping this winter! I’m getting more and more in to the sailing and my tweaked push loops are getting better and better. As well are the doubles and last weekend I did the biggest one I’ve ever done! The landing wasn’t super clean, but still stoked!
And I also want to wish you all a merry Christmas! Thanks for all your support, I appreciate it!
Double sequence by Gustav Settervik at Kulingvarning.nu
Tweaked push loop by Mikael Linder
Merry Christmas and thank you all for your support! Photo: Gustav Settervik at kulingvarning.nu
Since my last post the wind has been pumping here in Sweden! I had 5 days on the water last week with no bigger then 5,0. That’s insane! My sailing feel really good after getting more consistency on the water. I started to land some good tweaked push loops on port tack and got my stalled forwards super dialed in.
But this sunday I landed my first double forward and from what I know the first one ever in Swedish waters. So overwhelmed and totally stoked! This was a major milestone in my windsurfing life!
Thanks to my sponsors, family and friends for your support!
Thanks to David Holmqvist from Kulingvarning.nu for the shots!
Tweaked push loop
This is a sequence of my double. Unfortunately the end of the move wasn’t shot but I’m super stoked anyway! Not the cleanest one but still made it and now it’s time get them dialed in!
Finally we got some serious wind here in Sweden. Two days ago some strong south wind hit the west coast and a few guys were out on the water. I was perfectly powered up on my 4,2 BlackTip and 85 ltr Quantum. The waves were pumping and I had so much fun!
Arched backloop in A-bay. Photo: Gustav Settervik at Kulingvarning.nu
My sailing felt really good and I landed my best tweaked push loops on port tack this far. So nice to get them on that tack to as I just have landed them on starboard tack until the other day.. I also got a lot closer on my double forwards. Haven’t practiced them that much before but this session I went for seven and two of them were really close. It looks like this week will be windy so hopefully I will nail some soon!
See you on the water,
Really happy after an awesome winter session! Photo: David Holmqvist at Kulingvarning.nu