Stephanie Jagl-Posch

riding and other stuff.


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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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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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holidays and other fun things

we’ve been on holidays in august, 2 weeks were spent camping, wakeboarding, hiking and enjoying life in general. here’s my report!

our first stop was in upper austria in linz. we went wakeboarding at the ausee, at the jetlake and visited fetzy at his private wakeboard lake. i survived my first backroll attempts there 😉

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ausee

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camping linz.

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camping linz.

after that, we paid a visit to salzburg. first, we checked out salzburg city, where we were able to stay at my sisters flat. we did some sight seeing, cycled around town and gave downhill mountainbiking a shot. the chosen track was definitely too hard & scary for me, but i enjoyed trying something new. if i had the time & money, i could absolutely see myself riding mtb aswell.
on our last day, we went to see the almwelle. this is a riversurfing spot in salzburg. since we don’t own a riversurf board, we thought why not try it with a wakeskate? funnily, it worked out and we were both able to ride a little bit. what a great, fun sport! i wish we had a riversurf spot in vienna aswell!

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salzburg.

mtb test
mountainbiking. i was scared and didn’t dare to ride down the course. later on, my sister informed me that 5 years ago she didn’t dare to ride the track aswell and that it’s not suitable for beginners… 😉
good that i didn’t fall in love with it, i can’t afford picking up a new hobby… and mountainbikes are fucking expensive aswell.

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riversurfing in salzburg! (that’s someone else on the picture) it was fun! i never thought we’d be able to ride this with a wakeskate (which is too short and doesn’t have enough volume at all to surf), but we did it. yeah, haha! (check out the funny dog on the right!)

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repairing my wakeboard at my sisters flat… surprisingly, it held up and it’s still okay 🙂

after a few days it was time to leave the city again. off to zell am see we went. we’ve been there a lot of times already and everytime again we are overwhelmed with how beautiful this place is.
we found a GREAT camping site (it was so luxurious they even had music blasting in the bathrooms ;)) with a small lake and were able to enjoy our stay there a lot. we went hiking twice, altough it was super hot. the highlight was the wasserfall weg (waterfall hike) at the grossglockner hochalpenstrasse. dreiwallnerhoehe (= maiskogel) was very nice aswell, the view was great, but all in all not as superb as the waterfall.

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we went hiking on the wasserfallweg near the grossglockner. summer heat & waterfall = good idea!

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the waterfall

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underneath the waterfall

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waterfallllll

wasserfallweg
waterfallllll.

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pointing random shit out.

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waterfallllll.

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fed goats in the valley after the hike ❤

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that’s the kitzsteinhorn.

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on the next day, we hiked up to the dreiwallnerhoehe. it was too fucking hot, so we decided to ditch walking to the valley and took the gondola instead.

our final destination was germany. while the scenery was not able to hold up against sweet salzburg, the wakeboard park was A-MA-ZING!
they have 2 cables there, one runs clockwise, the other one counter-clockwise. it was a funny feeling to ride a clockwise turning cable.
both cables offer various obstacles, so we could widen our obstacle experience a bit.

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turncable. thannhausen, germany. a one of a kind wakeboard park.

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the second camping we stayed at in germany. the first one was pure shit. this one here was great! really beautiful.

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sunset at the lake at the camping 🙂 i mean… awww!

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roman cooking our last camping dinner.

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turncable once again on our last day.

 

 

after those great days, we went back home.
luckily, we are still able to enjoy some sweet late summer days, for example 3 weeks ago, when we went longboarding in lower austria:

longboarding lower austria, 2012

 
i hope autumn will offer good weather for various outdoor activities. i plan to go longboarding as much as possible, go hiking a lot, maybe also climbing outdoors, because i want to be in the best shape ever for the upcoming winter. we have lots of plans already and can’t wait for winter.


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my first wakeboard contest

on the 24th of july, roman and me were helping out a bit with the organization of the austrian wakeboard cup tourstop in vienna. in the morning, we brought some speakers, a mixing desk, etc and started to build up everything.
after a while, austrian wakeboarder astrid schabransky approached me and asked if i wanted to participate in the open women category, since only herself and another girl were going to compete…
i had not planned to compete, because i’ve only been riding for about a year and so far, my trick repertoire isn’t really big. i didn’t practise for the comp or anything… but still i thought that i should give it a shot and try my luck, just for fun and to see what a wakeboard competition feels like.

luckily, i was able to nail at least SOME of my tricks (in the qualification… in the finals, not so much ;)) and so i came in second – this came as a total surprise for me. thanks to the awc vienna for the awesome trophy and thanks to liquid force and corona for the nice goodies 😀
i had an awesome day, even though the weather was absolutely horrible (cold, windy, rainy – lots of waves on the water).

next week, i will be attending a wakeboard camp in upper austria. i’m hoping for the summer to return for at least that week, because i guess camping in the rain won’t be lots of fun. i want to try new things and maybe learn one or two new tricks… i can see myself competing in other wakeboarding contests in the future, but for now, it’s all just for fun and i still have loads to learn.

 

 

salmsee steyregg


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wakeboard coaching by fetzy

salmsee steyregg
salmsee steyregg

after trying & falling in love with SUP on saturday, we had a special plan for the next day.

so on sunday the 15th of august 2010, my boyfriend roman, 2 other friends and me went to upper austria to be coached by austrian wakeboard pro daniel “fetzy” fetz.

we were really lucky with the weather, because when we got up at 8am, it was pouring down but it stopped shortly after and turned out to be a wonderful, hot and sunny summerday.

roman working on backrolls.
roman working on backrolls.

we arrived at the lovely salmsee near steyregg at about 11am.
first, we did a warm up wakeboarding session.
after the bad slam from last sunday, i was a bit afraid to try to jump again but hearing fetzy’s voice through the walkie talkie in the helmet helped me a lot. he encouraged me to try it and applauded me for every little shit i did 😉

later on, our friends arrived aswell and we tried our best on the trampoline.
from the basics to handle passes, rotations and backrolls – we soaked up fetzys instructions and had a lot of fun jumping around although it was mega hot.
i even managed to nearly do a frontflip! wow! i never thought i could do something that scary so easily. i loooved jumping on the trampoline!


me nosegrabbing the guru board.

afterwards, everyone got to ride behind the boat with the walkie talkie helmet on. fetzy steered the boat and commented on our efforts.

it was so good, one of our friends even rode for 40 minutes and didn’t want to quit. i guess he was rather tired afterwards 😉

in the evening, we headed back home and everyone was really happy.

i can only recommend signing up for being coached by fetzy. everyone of us gained so much confidence and had a great time, it was priceless!

check out fetzy’s website including information about coaching here:
-> http://www.fetzysworld.com/