Wednesday, June 30, 2010


It was the last opportunity to practice a little and to compare the levels of riders today. Especially interesting it was to check how Jose "Gollito" Estredo rode - all recent tricks he performed on both sides and on the style, and also he tried to jump Bob, Kono and Culo staying back to the sail. That was realy cool!
In the evening it was dinner for all riders at our hotel Sands Beach Resort, as well as watching together the football match - Spain against Portugal. My congratulations to the Spaniards, who won with the score of 1-0.
So tomorrow the second event of the PWA Freestyle World Cup will start in Lanzarote! All riders had arrived and are ready for the battle. By the way, Olga Raskina, who will represent our country in the women's fleet, arrived today too.
I wish everyone good luck and a fair fight!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010


Yesterday it was a great day in the island too!
It was cloudy but the wind was blowing in the afternoon. And again I was a first rider on the water. The wind was weak and gusty but I was able to accelerate by pumping and do some tricks like double spock, shove-it spock, shaka flaka, switch moves and willy skipper variations.

Soon came Steven van Broekhoven and he showed what the champion of Europe can jump in such conditions - quick burner puneta, dry and aggressive culo, I even saw how he did shaka cana brava with interception in the air. He is a very cool and strong rider!

Then all the others went on the water. I want to mention Brazilians Levi Lenz and João "Janjão" Henrique. They greatly increased their level of freestyle adding style and aggressiveness, and I think this year they will take very high positions in the ranking.

Now it is cloudy on the beach, but there is some breeze and may be we will sail in the afternoon. Today is the last chance to prepare, as soon as tomorrow morning registration and the first heats will start

Nos vemos en el agua!

Monday, June 28, 2010


Yesterday was a strong wind!
Despite the fact that in the morning was cloudy, in the afternoon the sky began to clear and the wind began to blow. I was the first on the water, except one of the local racers. I sailed at my 5.3 NeilPryde Firefly and 98 JP Freestyle board and had a great time on the water. After a long period without sailing I felt fine. My knee did not hurt and I was able to jump all the tricks out of my program.

Soon all the other freestylers came on the water and started some kind of madness. The level of all riders has grown enormously since the previous year and everyone landed tricks of the new school like switch and regular Konos, Burners and Culos. What can I say about the guys from Bonaire except that they sail just amazingly? All the latest and most complicated tricks that we have seen in recent movies are just peanuts for them. Looks like the fight for the first place will be on the edge of fantasy.

Today is cloudy again but somehow there is a breeze. So we hope that later we can sail a little.
Stay in touch.

Sunday, June 27, 2010


The 2nd freestyle event of PWA 2010 will be on Lanzarote – Cost Teguise, which will be held from the 30th of June till the 3rd of July. I'd already arrived here yesterday and ready for the competition! I flew here from Moscow by Airberlin airline with a stop in Berlin and for my 2 bags full of equipment I paid only 50 Euros – I like it!

Forecast for week does not look very good. But we hope that the wind will start to blow full power in the coming days and event will take place. Maybe we will get a chance to train a little bit before the competition but now the sky is very cloudy and there is no wind.

I had not trained for several months and missed the first PWA event in Austria. Also in the last week of JP photo shoot on Maui in April I'd injured my left knee. Then I spent 2 months at home trying to cure my leg and meanwhile finding time for graduating exams in the Uni. I hope that I have completly recovered and able to show all my best on the contest.

Most of the riders already here and all basically live in the same hotel - Sands Beach Resort. The hotel is very cozy and located 5 minutes walk on the beach to the competition area.

My plan for the nearest future is to train for entire July in Fuerteventura and I hope that there will be a great team of freestylers training together.

By the way, last week I’d passed the driving tests and had finally got Driving License! I hope I will be able to drive the car in the Canary Islands and someone of my friends will give me a couple of lessons.

See you later!

Friday, June 4, 2010


Finally it happened - I graduated from Saint-Petersburg National State University of Physical Education, Sports and Health named after P.F. Lesgaft!
Two days ago I passed my last exam and defended my diploma (theme of my diploma called "improving the training process in extreme sports with the involvement of extra-budgetary funds»).
Now I am a specialist in physical culture and sport. Uuuuhu! Freedom!