Een jaartje even de studie aan de kant en dan de wereld rond om te gaan waar de wind waait, prima plan volgens Lars! En het levert ook nog mooie beelden op.
As kitesurf addicted and adventures Dutch traveler I managed to finish my bachelor degree in civil engineering (yes, it all about water) I thought about what to do next: 1.Finish my studies as soon as possible and start with my masters 2. Drop out for a year of fun! You can probably guess what I choose- indeed the last one. The goal of this year in between was to be in and around water as much as possible. Therefore, I followed the sun and the wind.
First, I kicked off with a great summer in Workum with lots of kitesurf lessons for newbies and of course: make as much use as possible of this awesome kitesurf spot! When the days become shorter and the temperatures dropped, I decided to jump into a plane and look for a tropical kite adventure. Brazil was the beloved destination and once there, I worked for KiteActive. And you know what they say: If you find something you really love, you do not have to work a single day! Indeed, I had a blast. Friends came by to surf with me the warm lagoons of Brazil and enjoy the great wind conditions there.
Then my journey blew me to Cape Town where I searched for the Cape Doctor! And yes, I found it! And the best part of Africa besides the awesome food and lovely people? When there is no wind, there will be waves for sure! So next to my kiting skills I also invested a fair amount of my time in surfing and after 100 washing machines I was not fed up but even more enthusiastic.
That kind of came in handy cause after SA I decided to follow the sun a bit more (NL still waaaay too cold, brr) and thus Portugal it is! Those waves and Pastel de Natas are next level and man, that was fun! When there were no wind and no good waves forecasted, Steven and I decided to chase some storms and do a road trip to Tarifa, Spain. We were not disappointed at all and had a sh…load of fun with those conditions!
By then, my time was almost up and the temperatures in NL slowly started climbing up and to finish this awesome year Alex and I decided to hit the road one last time to good old Germany, Bussum. Now I am back in NL, settled close to the sea (5min to the beach,yess) and busy with my Master in Hydraulic Engineering (Yep, still all about water). I put the greatest moments, settings, situations into this video to give you a tiny impression of my year in between. I want to thank all my friends for their company and spontaneous visits, the super chilled people I had the pleasure to work with and all the quirky and funny people I met during trips, in hostels or in the water! Let me know your thoughts.