UPDATED WEEKELY OCEAN RODEO REFLECTS ON THE WEEK OF WORK, WHAT LIES AHEAD AND HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD ONE RIDER AT A TIME.
jeremietronet.com update - Ocean Rodeo Demo in Spain
Posted by jeremie tronet on June 29th 2008
First of all I wanted to share with you a cover of the french kiteboarder magazine with a special pic.
Half water, half air with a nice nurse shark in the bottom ! The picture was taken in the Grenadines.
I am just back from a small demo trip in Spain .... only 7 days between Malaga and Tarifa, kiting on the costa del sol.
I left Nice Airport on thursday ( France ) and flew to Zurich where I had to catch an other plane to Malaga in Spain.
Alberto the Ocean Rodeo dealer in Spain www.boardriderscompany.com , came to pick me up at the airport.
I was super hungry, so we went straight to a nice restaurant right on the beach, Los Salamos ( one of the kite spots there) to eat some local specialities and check the wind. I also met Jema, Alberto's girlfriend , she also works with him.
The wind wasn't so good, so we decided to go to the cable park in Marbella. The place is very nice, and there weren't so many people around.
The cable is a very good way to train kiteboarding and wakestyle tricks, but was much more dificult than I thouht .
Back from the cable we went to have dinner with some of Alberto's friends and we went out.
Spain is famous for parties.... and I know why now!
We had some great fun hanging out with Jesus, German and the others.
It was a very busy first day.
The next day we stayed home to rest from the cable and the party. All my muscles were stiff.
The Saturday we saw that windguru forcasted some Levante for Tarifa so we hit the road and arrived in Tarifa. It is one of the most famous spots in the world with many kiters from all over Europe.
As soon as we arrived, the various windmills were turning very fast because of the strong Levante.
We headed to Val de Vaqueros, the best place in Tarifa to kite with the Levante .
The spot is very nice but choppy and full of people, kiters and windsurfers.
It was blowing over 40 knots and very very gusty .. impossible to do some handle passes.
I went out on my 8 diablo c kite and it was a nightmare, I could barely hold on to the kite in the gusts and it was to risky to jump high or do anything because of the hundreds kiters and windsurfers in the water downwind.
It wasn't the best session ever, especially when you come back from the Caribbean and the easy spots ... but it was a nice day !
That night we decided to go out for a while and discover ( again) how crazy the parties are down here.
The next day, the Levante was still blowing strong, so we decided to go to Canos, an other spot more to the west where the wind is a bit weaker.
I went out on my 8 and 10 but the gusty and the wind didn't allow me to train properly and land some new tricks. I could play around and do what I already knew .
Sunday night was the football match between Italy and Spain, we were eating in a restaurant when Spain won the match. It became completely crazy in the streets and it was a great excuse to go out again .
We went back to the hotel early this time and drove back to Malaga the next day.
The Poniente was blowing between 15 to 20knots down here so we went straight to the beach pumped up the kite and did a nice demo.
The night was the St Jean, so again, a party was organized right on the beach with big bonfires until the day came.
The last 3 days we haven't been very lucky with the wind but it was an opportunity to speak about communication strategy to represent Ocean Rodeo in Spain.
I am now in France where I finally got my new passport that I can fill again with brand new customs stamps from all over the world .
Beautiful pictures , trip update jeremie tronet
Posted by jeremie tronet on June 15th 2008
Linn Svendsen and jeremie tronet at work
My trip in Coche was very very Nice, Linn and I spent a month there staying in one of the hotels close to the spot. We went there to get enough freestyle footage for the next movie I am editing now.
Venezuela was the last place we visited in our trip to the Caribbean.
We started in Martinique where we rented a small chalet and stayed a month.
Next we left on a 10 days cruising in the Grenadines on a 46 feet catamaran.
Back from the trip the skipper dropped us off on the island of St.Lucia.
There we met David Hastilow and some local riders who helped us to discover the island and it's various spots.
From St.Lucia we took a plane to Barbados and its nice waves for 10 days.
After St.Lucia we took a plane to St.Vincent, and a ferry to the islands of the Grenadines.
We have spent over 2 months on Union Island, kiting, filming and fishing ... this place is just amazing.
jeremie tronet, Sunset KGB in Venezuela
After the 2 months in Union we decided to go to Coche island in Venezuela, it is a very good freestyle spot and the season is going towards its end, so it is less crowded on the spot.
I am now back in Europe for few weeks, my plane landed in Nice on the French Riviera while my girlfriend Linn went back in Norway for a couple of months.
I came here to renew my passport, it was becoming old and the picture was peeling off , so I started to have some problems with the customs offices in some countries.
After this long trip I now have over 20 hours of video and thousands of pictures I have to digitize and select for my next video.
I arrived in France 4 days ago, since then I have spent my days behind the computer waching everything again and again.
jeremie tronet, Sbend
I hope I will be able to go kite with some of my friends with whom I started my first competitions years ago ( Adrien Jaujou, etc...). They live close and it will be nice to see them again.
I also spend some of my time visiting some family and friends I haven't seen in a long time before I go back around the world again.
For the moment I am here for the next week, next I might fly to Tarifa for a week to do some demo with the spanish Ocean rodeo dealer Albreto
I will be back in France just on time to maybe get my passport back and "maybe" go on a trip to Peru for 2 weeks maximum to shoot the 2009 Ocean rodeo gear.
After Peru I will fly back to France and then Norway to visit Linn and maybe do a trip along the Norwegian coast. This country is cold, but very beautiful.
Ocean Rodeo team rider Linn Svendsen
Then, mid august, I 'll have to fly back to Canada on vancouver island to the Ocean rodeo head office to work on the gear and for the Nitinat event they organize on a beautiful lake with wild nature and indian reserve. I love this part of the world.
After Nitinat in august ..... many many more destination are planned but I won't start to do the listing, it will be boring for you to read it.
Check out the next The kiteboarder magazine, they just published the Martinique trip on 6 pages with beautiful and interesting pictures. There is also an interview of Linn and 2 pages where I explain how to do a f16!
jeremie tronet, sunset Venezuela
You can also check the next Kiteworld where the Catamaran trip in the grenadines should be present on over 8 pages with beautiful pictures !
The world is Huge but you can make it small, travel more !
see ya around !
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Linn Svendsen Blind pass
jeremie tronet, Union Island
jeremie tronet, Zen pro model + diablo