last week, roman and myself went on a trip with the goal to ride (wakeboard, wakesurf, riversurf) as much as possible, and i can proudly say that we achieved that goal.
we started on monday and drove straight to jetlake, a lake with a wakeboard cable in feldkirchen an der donau in upper austria. we arrived and were very happy to see that only a few people were there – totally different to the situation that we have on most days at the wakeboard cable in vienna.
we bought tickets and enjoyed ourselves on the lake for some time.
after that, we went over to the camp site (very recommendable, a small & sweet camp site without any hectic), checked in and set up our temporary home there. we had dinner, a radler and went to bed.
on the next day, we decided to go grocery shopping per pedes, which meant covering a distance of 3 kilometers each way. we put our backpacks on and off we went.
when we came back, we had a short break and then continued our walk to the wakeboard cable (2 km from the camp site). we rode the park some more & afterwards it was time to go home & cook dinner again. and have a radler again.
day three consisted of wakeboarding once more. in the evening, we went for a delicious pizza in aschach (pizzeria la mamma). after our bellies were full, we did some sight-seeing 😉
on day four, we left the camp site and went to fetzysworld in steyregg. we had signed up for a wakesurfing session and had a great time there. we both were able to let go of the rope and find the sweet spot to ride the wave. it’s really a learning process. you have to find the spot, where the wave keeps pushing you forward, and then stay there, which means, some times you will have to go faster and some times you will have to slow down a little. i was even able to do some little curves and still stay in the wave for some time, it went a lot better than last year.
after wakesurfing, we continued our trip towards salzburg. on our quest to find a board for riversurfing, we contacted Max from NU.ART surfstuff, who was kind enough to lend an old board of his to two complete strangers for some days. we visited him in ebensee & loaded the board into our car.
day five started after a night on a “beautiful” camp site in salzburg. actually, the camp site itself IS located in a beautiful place, but the sanitary building was dirty and old. me no likey!
we switched to another camp site and then went to the almwelle, a stationary wave in the almkanal. we surfed for a while until i sadly crushed my toe (which might have been broken a few weeks ago, i don’t know for sure, i smashed it against SOMEBODY’s suitcase and it went all purple for some days) against the rocky bottom of the river. roman continued to surf, i decided to take a break and enjoy the sunshine and the atmosphere.
on day six, we went to a diving shop where i bought neoprene booties. we also acquired a roll of medical tape. roman taped my toes together, i put the neoprene booties on and was ready for some more riversurfing attempts.
it’s a very enjoyable past-time, but a bit intimidating at the same time. i wish we had a riversurfing spot in vienna or st. pölten too, so i could go more often.
and since roman and myself are complete idiots, we decided to buy our own riversurf board. max will order the BIC 5’10 fish hype for us.
buying a board when you don’t have a spot to ride it seems pretty intelligent, right? but of course we are going to use it for practising paddling on our local lakes & rivers as well. and maybe we can use it for wakesurfing also?
on day seven, we wanted to go riversurfing once more, but i felt a little ill, probably had caught a sunstroke the day before, so we decided to let it be and go home.
we returned the surf board to max and then hit the road.