My first trip to Lofoten Islands in Norway, where I was part of the media team at Lofoten Masters - worlds most Northern surf competition. I helped with setting up the live streaming equipment and filmed drone video during the competition for the online stream. Also I edited the two short daily videos immediately at the end of the day. During my stay I also photographed life on the beach, surfers, empty waves and the beautiful Unstad village with its amazing scenery. Had fun and many good laughs...
During the spring renovation of our 6mR yacht FIN-60 "Off Course" I heard that the Finnish Olympic sailing team is having a training camp the following week at the same sailing club, HSK (Helsingfors Segelklubb). I got out with my RIB on a sunny and windy day and got some photos of the laser class and just a couple of the fast moving 49ers and the new foiling iQFoil surfboards. After a short coffee break I picked up a drone and filmed the Windsurf Team foiling (and swimming). Unfortunately I didn't...
Stayed less than an hour at the Tulliniemi beach, but anyhow I managed to get some nice photos of the windsurfers. Recognized only Vesa Poutainen, whom I have on video from earlier. These photos are available in full resolution HERE
First time ever I had the opportunity to photograph absolute world top RS:X windsurfer women training. This is Ingrid Puusta from Estonia and Tuuli Petäjä-Sirén from Finland, both Top20 ISAF ranked windsurfers, preparing for the RS:X class European Championships in Helsinki 2nd to 7th of July and for the Rio Olympics. The coach is Matthew Rickard and the third windsurfer (FIN-56) is Alexandra Blinnikka.
Lohjan Purjehtijat organized a ranking race weekend at lake Lohjanjärvi for three laser classes (Standard, Radial, 4,7), Melges 24, Snipe and RS-X raceboard. On Sunday the wind was quite strong (around 10 m/s) and every now and then also the sun was shining. This was also the first ever Sailpix photo session on a lake. Results from Lohjan purjehtijat webpage.
Winter Windsurfing Finnish Nationals and European Championship, sailed in Espoo at Soukanlahti. The weather was not the best possible, but at least there was ice and wind, which is the minimum requirement for racing. Results are available at the Event Facebook page.
On 10th and 11th of July the wind and weather was perfect for surfing at the Tulliniemi beach in Hanko. Had the oppor-tunity to test the new watertight videocamera from the beach and also standing in the water. After most time consuming editing work the video is now ready. Waiting for the autumn storms to go back filming in even rougher weather.
Enjoying vacation in Hanko and had the opportunity to photograph some wind and kite surfers on the famous Tulliniemi beach which is located at the most southern cape in Finland. Wind somewhere around 15 m/s and sunny clear sky. What else do you need for a perfect photography day. Enjoy the summer.
Just a couple of photos of some surfers outside of Lauttasaari (Ferry Island, Helsinki) catched in the evening sun while photographing NJK juniors training. View Slideshow
Formula Raceboards at Mellsten in light wind after long lunch, watching icehockey. Open Slideshow