42 NORWEGIAN GIRLS JOINED THE 2004 DIVA WINDSURF SPRING CAMP!
"A network for Norwegian Windsurfing Women".
In a country far north with a population of only 4.5 millions the focus on
windsurfing is again increasing rapidly and May 22nd to 23rd it was the girls
turn to challenge themselves and the sea… 42 girls in the age from 15 to
55 year of age signed up for the Diva Windsurf Norway Spring Camp 2004, this
year located in a small town 1 hour south of the countries capital Oslo. The
girls where everything from beginners to experienced racers…
And here is a taste on how the weekend went!
Theory and instruction on land, the girls was
attended by several instructors from the main sponsor SEASPORT (the Norwegian
importer of Starboard). The instructor shows the girls how it is done. It is
Despite of offshore winds and strong currents the girls are ready to step on the
boards for the first time. The instructors followed the girls in boats, making
sure they are safe and when the girls float of into the horizon they are rescued…
Some girls thought the strong currents would take them all the way to Denmark,
before they where rescued. But luckily the instructors where awake and the
bright orange sails on the START boards where easy to spot.
After a whole day of sailing the girls are ready to talk about the days
experiences and have a party. The sponsors gave the girls a HELLY HANSEN BBQ
with enough and
food and drinks to refuel them with energy to last trough the night! And after
dinner the next highlight was the STARBOARD COCKTAIL PARTY
in the hotel disco!
During the party pictures and video from the day was shown on a big screen TV.
Like expected the boys where really jealous at the girls and their new Helly
t-shirts and took radical measures to be part of “the club”. Yes, we know
Norwegian boys are handsome!
Sunday morning the girls woke up to blue skies and not so much wind. Then it
felt just fine to use a couple of hours on land to get instructions before they
went out on the water again. The instructors showed how to tack and jibe! And
there were instructors for all levels and the racing girls were also challenged
to the max!
Who can keep from smiling when they are having this much fun?
During the day the wind increased and there was lots of sailing. And after lunch
there was time for the DIVA FUN RACE, a race for all levels held on the START
boards. The girls where put into heats of six sailors. After the preliminary
heats there was a final for the top four girls. The girls used every measure to
get around the course and they where even running with the equipment in the
After the race there was a prize giving with lots of great gifts. The winner of
the Diva Fun Race got the first pick. Then the rest was raffled to all the girls
in the camp!
There are many that deserve a BIG THANK YOU for the Diva Windsurf Norway Spring
Camp 2004. Lill Bente Hollstedt, www.2windy.com,
took the imitative to the first Diva Camp in Norway last year with 28 girls
participating and since then the network under the web-page includes more
than 60 names, just from the south of the
country. This year she got assistance from two more girls; Benedicte Lind
and Anniken Juel-Lind,
and they managed to almost double the numbers of girls! The girls had great
support form sponsors and friends that devoted their whole weekend to make
everything perfect for the girls. What we see in the Diva Windsurf Norway is
clear evidence that girl’s loves windsurfing and more and more will join the
sport! It is time for everyone to take the girls serious! The rumors for
next years camp has already started…
Keep it simple, sail and smile!
Lill Bente Hollstedt NOR-84