Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Surfing Hawaii, Haring and Quenelles in Lyon

One week ago I came back from 10 days of surfing Hawaii Sur Rhone in Lyon. We went their to get my new playboat Fluid Nemesis in order to test it to the fullest on the wave and my new creeker Fluid Solo. We had medium/low levels but all moves were possible and anyway the spot was better than anything running at home. Besides we visited friends (had some local food like Quenelles, make sure you try it! Thanks to Romain and Kaki!), made some sightseeing in the old city of Lyon, did some sit-on-top paddling and visited the museum. If you´ll pass through Lyon in June, make sure to check out the Keith Haring exhibition (, which is running until the 29th of June.
My first impressions of the Nemesis on a wave in short:
The boat is really forgiving, easy to handle, very bouncy but still fast. The edges release really easily, so helixes etc. go smoothly.
So here all the pics from the trip, enjoy:

Outfitting, a matter which you should always devote enough time to in order to be able to control the boat to the fullest


Pistol-Flip part 1

Pistol-Flip part 2

Backstabbing once more

To relax the worn out muscles from the wave-action Jeff, the french rep for Fluid, took us on a river trip with the Fluid sit-on-tops, Chumani (single) and Synergy (double). It was my premiere with sit-ons and a lot of fun, especially with the awesome scenery on the Saône, the Lyon city buildings and the magnificent weather:

Jeff the chef himself

The Keith Haring exhibition (

Quite original Asian food eatery at Lac de Miribell
Thanks to Jeff, Miriam and Alice for their local support and hospitality!

Thanks to Maria for all the pics!

PS: Even fishermen are using the fanciest watercraft nowadays ;-)

All pics by Maria Stelzig

Last but not Least Maria learnt the Eskimo-Roll and afterwards went straight for a paddle through Hawaii Sur Rhone in the middle of the river. Respect!

Finally one picture by Markus Leppänen ;-)

Wednesday, 7 May 2008

Last Time on the Reichenbacher-Wave (Munich) as it used to be

Two weeks ago we had a nice level on the Isar in Munich and the Reichnbacher-Wave was in. Below you see some pics of the sunny session. Just a few days after the session I crossed the bridge and what did I see, the "city-workers" had thrown in the river some tons of rocks in the process of their renaturation of the Isar and thereby created a huge additional eddy which nearly flooded the wave, made it rather small/flatt and there was no way in catching it on the fly anymore as it had shifted to the middle of the river. We´ll have to see how the wave is when there is less or more water and maybe they are still in the constructing process of the new river banks so further things might change... I´ll post pics of the "new" wave, when I get there the next time.
Besides I paddled that day my new Nookie gear for the first time. Awesome snug fit of the 3/4 neo pants and really super comfortable neck and wrist seals on the Airhead Dry Shell Jacket. Last but not least I honestly have to say that the Rivermonster Buoyancy Aid of Nookie has the best fit of a life vest I have ever tried.

Going for the Pistol-Flip

All pictures by Maria Stelzig