I´m on hold until 2012

For the moment I have taken a time out from windsurfing. The reason is simply that my body needs to cure. The fingers, ear and my back took too much damage in the end of the season. Still 2011 was the most successful year for me so far. In the meantime I know that my sail- and board partners don’t rest. My new 2012 Loft sails are on the way from the factory in China and Carbon Art are doing the finalising job on the new slalom boards on New Zealand. The new sails are improved in the leech and weight, which make them more responsive and even easier to sail. The new boards are a little fuller in the rails, which give them better release, and the rocker line is a bit more tuned towards smoother ride and faster jibing. You might think that this is the normal “bullshit” everyone is saying about the next year’s products? I don’t think so. Both companies have made a big efforts in product R&D the last year. Ben van den Steen and Ludo Jossin on the water and Monty Spindler on the shore and behind the sewing machine in windy Tarifa, Spain, obsessed to develope the worlds best racing sails. Enough of words bout that. And Carbon Art that not have change their superb slalomboards for years, but now the big Australian on Maui, Phil McGain has worked with focus on tuning the boards the last year. So even if I am on hold, I am looking forward for 2012, the gear will be super!

11.11.11 - A tribute to Robby Naish

Probably he most beautiful handwriting in the surfing industry..!
Today is the 11th November in 2011. Some surfers might say "Ke11y". But to me that reminds me of Robby Naish. (His sailnumber is US1111). I admire him as the most contemporary waterman, brand builder and ambassador in the surfing industry. Even if he not has been as successful in racing as Björn Dunkerbeck, he still was a very good racer in the eighties and a wave sailor with flow and more grace than all others. He was early into kite and SUP and I believe it is important building bridges across the surfing sports. In the end we are in love with the water and we need to share that asset. I also take the opportunity to thank Robby for the   sponsorship with me 2009-2010. The remaining of that sponsorship has left traces in my home for a long time. No other has that much profiling t-shirts and accessories!

The Loft Sails interview

My sailsponsor Loft Sails has published an interview with me at their site, about the sails, season, trimming and events: http://www.loftsails.com/2013/interview-with-anders-bjorkqvist/
On that site it is also a video with Dirk Jan Knol and me on the Karpathos speed strip.

Heja, Viva, Go Anders Bringdal!

Anders Bringdal protected from the sandstorm
I raced with Anders the first time in May 1984 (the weekend the Herreys-trio won Eurovison Song Contest), and we have met, sailed and raced together in the -80, -90, -00 and -10s all over the world. He is a more talented windsurfer than myself, but we have a some things in common; nationality, almost same name, age and we share some interests. (speedwindsurfing, marketing, the ws-industry and our families). When we meet we have a lot of things to catch up with. It has happened that I gets e-mail that where intended for him... It is a pity that Anders Bringdal is not more into computers. I would love to follow a blog from him. Right now he is down in Luderitz, Namibia, Africa, (Luderitz Speed Challenge 2011)  trying to brake the speed world record. I spoke with him after last years attempt and it was no walk in the park. Turbulent wind, whirlpools, a narrow and shallow canal, and a very short window of time every day. I admire that he is back this year. He has already broken the GPS record and is on top of the overall GPS-ranking. He has guts, and I do hope he manage! Go Anders go!