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Home bliss – 060813

You know you live in the right place when you see the airport bus and think “So so glad to live here”. Perfect place to combine kiting & work, after a windless summer it was divine to be back on Sola beach.
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Kiting Trondheim – 300713

Greatest benefit of being a kiter in Trondheim is you really get to know other kiters & travel together as the white caps are mostly non-existent. Not a kite destination, so what kiters back home do in summer: social barbeques :)
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Lofoten, Northern Norway – 200713

AMAZING nature!
Me & my kitefriends living in Stavanger headed to Lofoten for an active week of hiking, surfing, kiting & camping. This place was 2nd runner up (after New Zealand) when Lord of the Rings was in the making. I used to say “When I´m older I will travel Norway”. Life´s too short to postpone things, falling asleep to the midnight sun and waking up to this view is priceless:

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Two guys lived on the beach for one year and built this house – check out North of the Sun
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Norwegian summer winds – 070713

July started great – beyond expectations, 4th of July at Krossafluna:
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DSC_0055 Helle playing on the surfboard.
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Season kickoff – 130613

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Superfun competition day with more than 40 kiters hosted by Kitebrothers & Stavanger Kiteklubb. We figured a type of event everyone could join would gather many kiters, so we bought stop watches and had hangtime competition and a freestyle jam. Congrats to Aksel who was the only one jumping for more than 5 seconds + big thanks to John Arne from Kitebrothers – one of those guys who always manages to find wind).
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From the left: Winner Aksel & judges André, me, Mona & John Arne
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Kiters of Mid-Norway – 120613

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Mid-Norway is not a kite destination – a benefit of living in a windy city is kiters from home visiting! Mountain Friday before a windy weekend with Bjørn Åge, Stian & Tone
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Sunset camping – 250513

All day kiting, sunset bbq, sleeping bag under the open sky… we all have apartments in the city, but rather spend weekends outdoors. Saturday evening we spent on Bore Beach: DSC_0796

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Ida & Anne Sofie finishing the evening session
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Helle, Hanna & Ida with breakfast & coffee behind the dunes:
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Stavanger Kiteklubb – 070513

A few dedicated kiters has been on the board for many years and decided it was time to retire. My true inspiration is other stoked kiters, and as the new leader of the club I hope to inspire others! Soon we´ll start planning some fun things for the coming year – this evening “Club night” at Gnu Bar for a sneak peak at our new web page
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Surf World Cup Austria – 050513

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Fun competition format: team competition!
I was totally impressed with my team mates Carlos & Eudasio in Rhodes last year, and when I asked them about their current world rank I realized we had a chance of winning this thing! 25 degrees and sunshine – with more wind the week would have been perfect. We ended 3rd, a few tricks away from the 10 000 euro prize… well well, relaxing week anyways!

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My team preparing for competition; manager Maciek, Eudazio & Carlos
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Podium at the end of the event
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Windless day in Vienna; world wave champ Jalou Langeree & Maciek from Nobile
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Thanks to Laila Puehringer for a gourmet barbeque night; Laila, Jalou, Gisela & me

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Latest issue of IKSurfmag – 080413

Big Thanks to Su Kay, a dedicated kitefriend who just alerted me to the latest issue of IKSURFMAG -from a great week with Nobile down on Prasonisi (Rhodes) last year :)Picture 1

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Climbing in springtime – 100313

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Beautiful winter days – 130113

January down southwest of Norway is not like winter in the rest of Norway, biking around the islands this weekend it looked like summer:
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Driving Tenerife – 050113

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Rental car = way to make charter vacations doable, driving Tenerife is scenery after scenery.
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…should read more blogs to learn how to pose:
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Strapless waveboard jibing – 010113

Broke the code!
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After testing gear with the Nobile team last year last May I decided to try wave kiting. The first session I made one jibe in 3 1/2 hours -meaning I fell down all the other times. Day after it worked!
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Wave boards always seemed frail to me and I hate when things break. Nobile Infinity has a wooden core and side walls; sceptisism towards wave boards turned into passion.

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Warm winds Christmas in El Medano – 301212

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5 minutes from the airport is the main kitespot on Tenerife, windy every day – no better way to spend Christmas!
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Our local hangout Flashpoint cafe; charming place with the nicest paintings:
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Charter Love – 241212

Christmas-presents arrived from Nobile just before take-off:
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Last-minute deal to beautiful Tenerife with breath-taking mountains, a charming kite village, shopping in the Northern capitol and warmth in the touristic South. What´s not to like about Norwegian newspapers on every corner.
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Christmas Eve – Mona refused to pose before Jesus arrived

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How it felt trying to stay lying down on the beach
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Lagoon kiting behind the dunes – 181112

Big trouble falling asleep after the best session possible on Sola: an acre filled with water formed a knee-deep flat water lagoon.
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“Kronikk” in Norwegian newspaper – 201012

“VENT (,) IKKE (,) KJEMP NÅ”

Few days back I got a feature story published!
It´s in Norwegian around an issue I feel very strongly about; how the Norwegian system is not organized well enough to protect children exposed to domestic violence. Happy to see it being spread around the country by more than 300 people -hopefully it will be irrelevant one day.

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Norwegian Wavekite Championships – 051012

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The great crew of Fluid hosted a wave competition here in Stavanger this weekend, great to be at the beach seeing familiar faces from all of Norway, unfortunately the wind didn´t really show up
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Kiting outside Oil city – 250912

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Doesn´t get more Norwegian than a blonde girl kiting on a fjord in front of an oil rig
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