Kenneth Danielsen Changing Discipline
Following on from the successful two-part series ‘Changing Discipline’ Boardseeker catches up with another windsurfer who has made the switch, this time from competing in both freestyle and waves, to purely waves. Kenneth Danielsen, has been on the PWA scene for a couple of years now, but really broke through in 2011, finishing 11th on the PWA wave tour. Undoubtedly focussing on one discipline has paid off, we find out more from the Danish rider.
Image credits: Line Wittrup, Robert Almqvist, Christoffer Friis.
Name: Kenneth Danielsen Sail-No.: D38 Size: 187 cm Weight: 89kg Born: 31/05/84 Nationality: Danish Results: st Danish Wave Championships 2011, 11th PWA overall ranking Wave 2011, 6th PWA Wave World Cup Klitmøller Denmark 2011, 13th PWA Wave World Cup Tenerife 2011, 17th PWA Wave World Cup Gran Canary 2011, 14th PWA overall ranking Wave 2010, 1st Danish Wave Championships 2010, 1st Danish Freestyle Championships 2010, 13th PWA Wave World Cup Klitmøller Denmark 2010, 17th PWA Wave World Cup Gran Canary 2010, 1st Supreme Big Days Germany 2010, 1st Danish Freestyle Championships 2009, 17th PWA Wave World Cup Sylt Germany 2009, 17th PWA Freestyle World Cup Sylt Germany 2009, 25th PWA Freestyle World Cup Fuerteventura 2009, 33th PWA Wave World Cup Gran Canary 2009, 9th Big Bay classic South Africa 2009, 1st Danish Freestyle Championships 2008, 1st Danish Freestyle Championships 2007, 1st Danish Wave junior Championships 2002. Sponsors: Simmer, F2, Chocofins, Skishop, PLASMA
I started competing when I was 16 years old in the Danish formula and slalom contests. When I was 18 I started competing in wave as well, and won my first Danish championship title in the junior division. A few years later, I started to compete in freestyle and won my first Danish championship title in freestyle in 2007.
Wave sailing have always been my main passion, but when I decided to try to compete in the PWA in 2009 it was really difficult to get a spot in the events. So, I applied for a spot in freestyle, as well as wave, to have a bigger chance of getting a spot. I did get a spot in the freestyle on Fuerteventura, but I had to sail the trials in Gran Canaria to get a spot in the wave event. Luckily I won a wildcard and could compete. I did the rest of the wave and freestyle events that year, but quickly realised that it’s really hard to do well in two disciplines.
The level is so high that you really have to put a lot of work in to it just to keep up, and doing two disciplines just make it so much harder. So I decided to only focus on waves from 2010.
Once I had decided to only compete in waves it made training a lot better, the choice to go wave sailing or freestyle sailing was a lot easier to make! And all my training got focused on wave sailing, so it definitely helped to rise my level.
I still go freestyle once and a while when its windy and there isn't any waves around. I can still do shakas and double switch funnels :-)
The level is so high that its almost impossible to be on top in two disciplines. I don't think it is a bad thing because that just means the sailors are the best they can be in every discipline.
My goals for 2012 is to break into the top 10 in the PWA wave ranking, and of course do well in all the other events I enter. I have just been focusing a lot on my waveriding and generally trying to be really safe in my sailing.