Stephanie Jagl-Posch

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waka waka, eh eh – progressing in wakeboarding

you may know about me that i was an avid wakeboarder a few years ago. i even took part in some cable wakeboarding contests despite my quite novice status. and it was great fun and a wonderful experience.
Goofing around before my run at the Corona Wakeboard Cup in Vienna in 2011
goofing around before my run at the Corona Wakeboard Cup in Vienna in 2011

then somehow my interest in wakeboarding decreased. i was still using the same board since beginning to ride and due to the fact that we lived in vienna at that time, the viennese cable was the place i visited most to ride. it’s a nice cable with a relaxing surrounding, but there are only a few obstacles, which meant that i hardly got the chance to practice on obstacles. i could have learned the perfect raley there, but let’s face it – i’m too much of a wuss for that and not interested in taking hard falls 😀

after moving to the countryside, i was even further away from the next cable and due to my old board, whenever i rode i had difficulties to slide all the way over a box and always thought it was solely my own fault. how wrong was i!
late last summer i borrowed the board of a friend and suddenly noticed how easy it was to master the slide over the whole box!

at the beginning of this year i decided to finally get myself a new setup. i found a good deal on a used setup and travelled to vienna to meet up with the woman selling it. it turned out that one of her co-workers was a wakeboard buddy of mine from my days in vienna.
she had bought the board last year, thinking she’d want to pick up wakeboarding, but then coming to the conclusion that she’d very much rather stick to kiteboarding.
that way, i got my hands on a good as new ronix quarter til midnight and ronix limelight bindings.
i had to wait a few months to try out my new treasures, but when i eventually hit the water, i was stoked.
the setup felt so much like “mine” and i got used to the new board quickly.

of course we had to go wakeboarding more frequently from then on and i’m very happy that i was able to make huge progress since then.

i especially enjoyed our trip to the newly opened Cable 7 Wakepark in Treviso in Italy. we joined the Pachers there for a few days.
we were allowed to camp next to the lake, where we had enough space to set up our hammock and slackline.
we were able to just chill in the hammock and watch other people ride the cable.

 

Picture of the Cable 7 Wakepark in Treviso, Italy
this is Cable 7 in Treviso – beautiful, right? 🙂

Picture of our camp site at the Cable 7 in Treviso
deluxe camping next to the lake

Stephanie Jagl-Posch wakeboarding

nowadays i’m doing my first tricks on sliders like boardslides or 180 offs, trying out new obstacles that i had never dared to ride before and i have overall gained a lot of confidence in my own abilities!

i’m beyond stoked on how much fun wakeboarding is again for me and can only recommend trying it out to everyone who is interested in it!
a good starting place are the Action Cats wakeboard camps or of course Fetzysworld!

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last weekend, we decided to venture out on a short trip to the tauplitz, where the snow forecast had predicted about 40cm of fresh snow. coincidentally, we met two riding buddies of ours there, mat and oli, and so we enjoyed two days of riding in a group of four snow hungry friends.

the question of the weekend that caused some fiery discussions between mat and oli: does riding hellbents make you unlearn how to ski? what do you think? post your opinion below! 😉

tauplitzpow16 from Stephanie Jagl-Posch on Vimeo.


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travelling birds.

burli

since july, roman, his parents and i are the proud owners of a campervan.
we didn’t make the decision light-heartedly, roman and i had been thinking about it for a long time. pondering about the costs, the endowment we would like to have, the maximum age and kilometers we would accept and the downsides of travelling in a camper as well as the financial commitment involved.

we had already been on a few camping trips and since we overall mostly liked the experience, we decided to start searching for a campervan after romans parents agreed to also invest in the camper, so they can use it as well.

the search ultimately started in may and it took us until late june to finally find a nice vehicle. campervans are very requested, so you have to be fast to score a good one.

we found “burli” (the name the previous owners gave the campervan) at a local camper shop, we checked it out on the same day and agreed to buy it the next day.
it was a quick decision and so far i can only say it was a good one.
burli is about 12 years old but in very good shape, on the inside as well as on the exterior.

we upgraded the camper with a solar panel to supply us with enough power to be able to spend a remote night.
luckily, the camper already came with a built-in ski storage including a drain, as well as with a bike rack.

we have already travelled with burli, visiting friends and family, and went for a 3-week-surftrip to france, spain and portugal. read more about that in the next blog post!

so far, it’s a dream come true for us and we cannot wait to go on many more adventures.


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surfing france 2014.

so, the last week roman and i spent our days at the west coast of france, in longeville-sur-mer in the vendee region. we were lucky to find a place at a camping site, since it’s currently high season there. and we were even more lucky to not get a spot at the first two campsites we tried to get into – they turned out to be all inclusive style entertainment freakshows… lots of swimming pools with slides, activities around the clock for everyone, loud live music and disco dancing… nope. not our thing.
our campsite had oooold sanitary buildings which were not so nice (never was able to have a HOT shower there in one week ;)) but the site itself was pretty. it was located in the woods, a 20 minute walk from the beach, rather quiet and not stuffed with people.

except for one day, we had surfable waves daily. i’m not too content with my surfing during that week, but on the other hand i’m not too concerned about it either. i’m sure i have learned something and was able to better my technique, even if it didn’t show that much. we’re at a level now (i’d maybe call it intermediate beginners) where the learning curve isn’t as steep anymore, so i guess the progress might be visible during our next surfing trip at the beginning of september, where we will have a surf guide again.

other than that, our mood got better the longer we were there.
now i’m already looking forward to the trip to fuerte ventura in september!

 

here are some pics:

we set up our home nicely.
surfing la vendee, france. 2014.

we had brought our surfboard for riversurfing, which is rather short. we ended up buying a longer surfboard (better for beginners and also better for smaller waves), so we could surf together.
surfing la vendee, france. 2014.

friends from austria came for a visit. i want that campervan, it’s so awesome!
surfing la vendee, france. 2014.

i built up a nice surfer-tan (from wearing the long wetsuit).
surfing la vendee, france. 2014.

the nice walk to the beach.
surfing la vendee, france. 2014.

all pics here.


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camping & riding in summer 2013.

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woooooooooooo! riding the fastest snail at jetlake.

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.

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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.

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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 😉

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if you dont know how to use the apostrophe correctly, dont use it at all, a wise woman once said.

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.

wakesurfing fetzysworld 2013 from Stephanie Posch on Vimeo.

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.

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wein. the well-known capital of austria.

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.

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life inside our camper van

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.

riversurfing almwelle 2013 from Stephanie Posch on Vimeo.

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.

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the famous almwelle.


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3 weeks camping trip through europe – video #1

this year, roman and me chose to do something different for our summer holidays: we rented a caravan and drove nearly 7000 kilometers through south europe. before i post about the trip in detail, i wanted to show 2 videos we made.
here is video number one: me, goofing around with my bmx on one of the camping places we stayed at. this was in “el escorial” in spain. enjoy!

…this line is just a joke of course. we just had a good time and tried to make the most of what we had to ride there.