You can now follow me on nouw.com/sofiesimonsson I'll be sharing stories of my surfing, travels and daily life. I got some really exciting things to share with you and new ideas to bring into fruition. 
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Okey, so I'm just going to start and tell you all how you HAVE TO visit western Australia! It's a must! I can not beleive more people havent told me that? It's so beautiful, clean and friendly. I love the coast line with empty beaches and clear blue water, waves and wind. WA is the perfect place for watersport and roadtrips with friends. 

Team Blue Planet (Skyla, Nathan, Ty and I) went over for the Down wind week. We had such a great time together, explored and paddled every day. First competiton was "The Doctor" which Nathan and Ty entered , it was super windy and they paddle 27km from Rottnest Island to main land. I'm so proud of them both, they did so well and their positivity and passion inspired me so much. 

During the week we had plenty of wind in the afternoons and we all went paddling down wind. Perfect conditions along the coast do down wind and catch those bumps. I paddled on my bump racer 14' x 25 and had a blast, specially when the bump got bigger it surfs really well. Nathan and Skyla went on a new prototype thats designed for smaller bumps and towards an all arounder, which means ocean and flat water. They were having a great time on that model, Nathan connected the bumps so well and Skyla was flying on those bumps for beeing her first time, she's such an talented waterwoman and I'm lucky to surf and paddle with her. Ty paddled on a ocean board, duggout he was super fast and thaought me so many things about connecting bumps. I'm blessed paddling with these great athletes. 

Race day of "the king of the cut" was hot and not so windy, but thats competiton, you have to prepair your self for anything and as my coach Brenden says "think of yourself as a paddler" which refers to not beeing only a flat water, or ocean paddler, or down wind paddler, but to be a paddler. King of the cut had some talented and amzing athletes and it was a great experience for me doing my first race that long, 24km. I caught some bumps in the first 5km then I struggled so much I couldnt find any small bumps to get on to and paddle the rest like a flat water paddle. Best thing is that I kept my head focused and felt happy and good all the way. I did fell in when I saw my first ever flying fish, but that was totaly worth turning my head for! Congratulations to all competitiors, huge thank you to Blue Planet, Team Blue Planet, Roxy, friends and the event organisation. I can't wait to be back for 2018!

BEST RACE TRIP EVER!
SOFIE

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Dreams do come true! This year in October I teamed up with Blue Planet SUP and I couldnt be happier. I'm really excited about joining team Blue Planet and starting this great new adventure together. Representing a great brand with awsome friends just makes it the best. I really like how Blue Planet boards are made for surfing, you can tell by riding them that shapes are made by a passionated surfer. Going in to both surfing and racing, wokring together with these clever people I'm excited for what the future brings.

These coming years I will, together with Team Blue Planet travel around the world, competing, traning and sharing it with you all. To read more about Blue Planet SUP and my team mates visit www.blueplanetsup.com.au . Thank you Blue Planet for believing in me and making me a part of the family. ' Let the adventure begin ' .

TEAM RIDER
SOFIE

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So this event was really special for me, as it always is but this time my whole family came to support me and ofcourse also to cheer on the worlds atheltes. I just want to start and give my family millions of thank you, I know they know who incredible happy I am that they came. It really means the world to me to have your support and love no matter what I'm doing and for you to travel to one of my biggest passions means everything for me. Thank you my lovley family, love you more then words can say. 

This event in Denmark started of in the heart Copenhagen with a beautiful parade on the streets leading towards the opening ceremony that was held in front of the operahouse. It's one of my favourite things at this event, seeing all different flags, meeting people, singing, dancing and then ending it with the sand ceremony, where all countires poor sand from back home in to this one container to symbolise that we are one.

After that it was full on action with distance race and sprint, and oh my was this fun to watch? The curse started outside the operahouse and then it went in to the canals and did so for four laps. We "the cheerleading squad" ran around the island, cheering, screeaming and photograped everyone. It was so much fun beacuse we could get real close to them when they went under bridges or past the dock, we had such a great time! The sprint race was on the other hand a nailbiter, I almost fell in the water of excitment! It was just an amazing vibe to it all and the level is so high and you just get so much motivation and inspiration that you feel like doing it all at once. Hands up to everyone that organized this event, it was just outstanding.

One of the highlights was that this year ISA SUP worlds had by far the most athlets and countries regested. 286 athletes from 42 nations travled across the world to this event, it's absolutly amazing, I love seeing this sport grow! 

During the week Technical race and surfing was on and we had all travled across Denmark to this little fishing village, Vorupör. With empty beaches and fishermen it was a really cool event sight and to combine the two, busy city center and remote cold beach was epic. Technical race is my absolut favourite to watch, athletes are getteing ready on the beach, bursting out lap after lap, waves and boyuturns, so entertaining. Maya wrote history when she as a first swedish stand up paddler racer reach the final, the happiness was total, tears, screems and just pure joy! 

During the surf competiton we had all sorts of conditions. It started out really small beacuse the wind had just started to bring us some waves. It got really wind towards the end of the day and it was hard surfing in those conditons that we had the first day. Luckliy the second day gave us beautiful clean waves to compete in. I was really unhappy with my performace, and got to surf ine heat beacuse we didnt have any repercharge, but I learnt alot, and I know what I did wrong. As much as I would have loved to compete more I really enjoyed watching all the talented surfers, it just feels like I'm in heave when I get to be around surfers from all around the world. It was a really long and icecold day at the beach but it was worth freezing your ass off. 

We finished the event with our team relay, and that was so much fun. I got to do one lap with the prone baord and feel more and more comfterble after these few times I've done it. I think the team relay is a really fun thing to embrace our amazing team spirit we all have. 

Last but not least. It's been an amazing event and I am so greatful and proud to be a part of it all. It is something very special to compete for your country and to gather together with the world as one. To all my friends new and old, hope to see you all next year! 

Vist my FB @sofiesimonssonathlete to see more pics from the event

With LOVE
Sofie

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It's been a while since we had the European Championship in Portugal, but I still want to write a bit about it. Once again the European surfing federation did a great job organizing the second Euro SUP. I love this event, last year we had a great time together and this year was no exeption! All contries were so positive and happy to be at this event, all of us was really amped to get the competition started. 

I had a rough start against Spain and Germany, ended up in repercharge, and from there I went all the way to the big final. I surfed safe the whole competition, I didnt do anything extra which was a bit boring but it also says a lot about where I am in my surfing, I am kind of inbetween. I havent managed to do this big top turns, barrels and roundhouse. What I have done in this 3 years is bulding a foundation and understaning for surfing, but it takes time coming from no ocean experince to becoming a great surfer, and I am willing to put in all that time of trying until that one day I know how to do it! In the final I really competed in that way I was tactical, I had a lot of fun during the comp and its no secret I love to compete!

I came to this Championship with one goal, to defend my bronze medal since last year. It was a different situation from what I have been before, and it sure gave me a bit more pressure, but I know all girls are awsome and one competiton doesnt define you it only showes what you can bring at that specific time. I was beyond stoked to find myself taking home that bronze medal for Sweden! "If you do it twice, you really have earned it."

Level of the girls was amazing, Spain took home gold, France silver, Sweden bronze and Germany 4th. Denmark, Wales, England and Portugal they all gave it a good fight! I know I have to step it up for next year, beacuse these ladies are on fire! Stoked to see this great dedication and development from SUP girls and hoping we will grow as a community around the world!

Team Sweden did a great performance over all and I am so porud and happy to be a part of it all. I want to thank the Swedish team and all of our sponsors, also want to say thank you to my personal sponsors for believing in me. To my family and friends thank you for all your support, it means the world!

and now.. It's two more weeks until we have the SUP surf selection to the ISA World Championship in Denmark, it's only 24 more days before the worlds begin and I know this one is going to be special. Exctied for the SUP wolrd coming together again and surifng in Denmark for the first time will be great! See you all there! 

PROUD TO BE, TWO TIME BRONZE MEDALIST FOR SWEDEN!
SOFIE

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