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Surfworldcup in Podersdorf, lake Neusiedl: A Place, A Feeling!

It’s April in the year 2013, and summer is back already (34°C when leaving Vienna!). Our minds are set on “Party Party Party !!!” Well at least, this is the wording we find in our programme for this year’s festival check at Lake Neusiedl Surfworldcup, handing out the itinerary to my co-bloggers Gesa Temmen (“Lilies Diary“), Gudrun Krinzinger (“Reisebloggerin.at“) & our video expert Christian Kermer. “Friday, 7.30 p.m.: Grand Opening Party. Saturday, 6.00 p.m.: Visit to the Heurigen. Afterwards, Party Party Party !!!” Sounds good 😀

Dieser Energy-Drink pusht uns schon mal ganz chemiefrei, weil rein naturbelassen, in „ungeahnte Höhen“: Festivalstimmung am Surfworldcup-Gelände direkt in Podersdorf am See!

This Energy drink pushes us without any extra chemicals added (it’s supposed to be all natural!): Festival atmosphere right by lake Neusiedl in Podersdorf!

Mit dabei: „Die üblichen Verdächtigen“ ;) Von links nach rechts erfreuen wir uns dieser Tage Gudruns Worten als „Reisebloggerin“, meiner Unterstützung als „Creativelena“, Ursulas cleverem Organisationstalent mit (burgenländischem) Biss sowie Gesas Freude ob ihres allerersten Eintauchens in den Lokalkolorit des Burgenlandes – frei nach dem Motto ihres Blogs „Lilies Diary – Der ganz normale Wahnsinn“ (Heast Oida)!

All of us are on board: „The usual suspects“ 😉 From left to right, we are counting on the eloquent support of Gudrun as „Reisebloggerin“, my inputs as „Creativelena“, Ursula’s organisational talents as a true local Burgenland woman and Gesa’s happiness when discovering Burgenland for the first time – according to the motto of her blog „Lilies Diary – Der ganz normale Wahnsinn“ (Heast Oida)!

Gleich zu Beginn des ersten Tages genießen wir eine Grillfahrt mit dem Ausflugsboot der Schifffahrt Knoll und beobachten dabei die Windsurfer hautnah.

On the evening of the first day, we enjoy a boat ride including a BBQ prepared for us by the skipper while watching the first windsurfers float by. Magnificent.

Wunderschöne Abendstimmung am Neusiedlersee ...

Beautiful evening light at lake Neusiedl …

 

“We did some crazy things …”

Ok. Nobody has been hurt. Maybe faces got redder, voices went up and someone’s heart skipped a beat. Let’s not talk about recommended (or achieved) alcohol levels either: After all, you might be shocked to hear that in Burgenland, every single street shop or corner offers great wine, local Gols beer, Schnaps or even so-called “Saftladen” full of delightful, home-pressed juices  … !? (I knew it: You wanted to be shocked ? 😉 Then keep on reading!) But let’s start from the beginning.

Der liebe Walter Gisch: Er muss an dieser Stelle eine besondere Erwähnung finden, zeichnet er doch schon so viele Jahre als gekonnt relaxter, fröhlich-engagierter Tourismusobmann und & Surfworldcup-Koryphäe von Podersdorf am See verantwortlich. Hier sogar „mit Goldmedaille“ – und einer glücklichen Ursula Waba!

Dear Walter Gisch: As head of Podersdorf Tourism, he has made this Surfworldcup event happen for so many years. To us, it is always a delight to be welcomed with such charm here in Podersdorf at lake Neusiedl! In this photo, him and Ursula are boasting off an official “Surfworldcup” gold medal won by the organizational team for their hard efforts! Well done guys!

Yoga ist schon klasse. Aber direkt am See? Bei frischem Wind, im Sonnenschein, mit Blick auf die Kitesurfer am Neusiedlersee? Einfach – unschlagbar! Vollster Körpereinsatz der Reiseblogger :D

Yoga is great. And right by the lake? Awesome. Fresh wind, summer sunshine and a view of the world cup kite surfers. Travel bloggers, this is our time: “Full steam ahead” 😀

In Gols brauen wir unser eigenes Bier ... naja. Für so viel Kreativität hat es dann doch nicht gereicht. Statt dessen sehen wir lieber schick aus – mit dem neuen „Bierfächer“ von Gesa!

In Gols, we get to brew our own beer … well. Creativity hasn’t led us this far here. Meanwhile, we have decided to simply “look good” boasting Gesa’s new Bierfächer fan!

 

Yoga by the lake, Pannonia Brewery Gols, Helicopter Flights & grunting Mangalitza pigs …

… sounds unbelievable to your ears? After all, this article is meant to talk about the “Surfworldcup in Podersdorf” … or is it? Well, there is always a lot more to it all than meets eye – or so the saying goes. As for our weekend in Burgenland, it was filled with just wonderful activities that each complimented what we saw, lived and experienced at the Surfworldcup. For instance, we joined a Yoga session by the lake with charming Daniela, both invigorating and relaxing at the same time. Using what forces we had, we then drove on to Gols only 8 km away in order to be told many a secrets about local Gols beer made by “Harry the brewery master“: World-famous in Burgenländ!

Golser Bier ist einfach unschlagbar: Vielfältig und vollmundig im Geschmack. Das müsst Ihr mal probieren!!

Beer from Gols is unique and oh so good. Hard to describe, we get to taste at least five different varieties all sourced from hand-picked sources and crafted with love. Beautiful!

And then, only a little later, Ursula’s spontaneous ways drive us right into … A HELICOPTER! Hired for the purpose of flying interested visitors over & above the festival grounds, Podersdorf & lake Neusiedl at a price of € 50,- per quarter of an hour. How exciting !! When we finally stumble out of the helicopter, after what felt like eternal magic up in the air, we stepped back .. way back … back into time onto a beautiful horse carriage, “slow-travelling” to see the famed Burgenland Mangalitza pigs with their notoriously good bacon. I LOVE watching them – yet also enjoy eating their meat. It’s just so good. Oh, it’s complicated. Or is it? At a place called “Tschisti’s Saftladen” (go pronounce 😉 ), we are being served local juice and wine while marvelling at their mountain sheep, an import from Tyrol into pan-flat Burgenland. Funny! How these sheep arrived here, is another story altogether … people and the land never tire of it: Local storytelling par excellence, made in Burgenland!

Geschichtenerzähler Harry in der Bierbrauerei Gols, die in jedem Fall einen Besuch lohnt: So viel Geistesreichtum und Initiative muss einfach belohnt werden. Das Bier schmeckt zudem hervorragend!

Storyteller Harry at the beer brewing manufacture in Gols: His mission and vision for local beer is just fascinating. We really enjoy visiting – and so should you when you come to visit.

Ready to rock’n’roll: Die Mädls nach dem spontanen Helikopter-Rundflug ... Wie cool !!

Ready to rock’n’roll: The girls after a spontaneous helicopter round trip … How cool !!

Süße Mangalitza-Schweine am Neusiedlersee.

Aren’t they cute? Woolly Mangalitza pigs at lake Neusiedl!

Tschisti’s Saftladen: Ein echter Saftladen im besten Sinne! Hier bekommt man köstliche Jausen und gute Säfte mitten im Obstgarten samt vielen Geschichten der Familie serviert – einmalig gut. We like!

Tschisti’s Saftladen: Here, you can stop for some natural, home-made drinks and food served to you by the family right in the middle of their fields. Lovely!

So süß: Dieser Jüngling ist erst wenige Tage alt! Für ihn wohl genauso aufregend wie für uns. Ein schöner Moment!

Cute: This youngster is only a few days old! It must be just as exciting for him as for us to watch.

 

Oh and we also went slack-lining … while at the Surfworldcup!

Hard to say what we didn’t do in just over one weekend. And yet, we never felt pressurized nor bored during this year’s festival check in Burgenland. The Surfworldcup offers just so many ideas and activities for coming back year after year, it is great. I hope you look forward to it as much as I do. See you in 2014, I’d say? Will be nice to meet you there!

Elena die Slacklining-Queen ... Naja. Ganz so hochtrabend möchte ich es dann doch nicht formulieren. ;) Aber Spaß hat es allemal gemacht, das Gleichgewicht zu (be)halten und seine Körperspannung beim "Slacken" zu trainieren!

Elena, the “Slack Lining Queen” … Well. Maybe not. 😉 However, I did fare fairly well on my slackline, and it’s fun above all to be able to maintain your balance and work on your “inner (mental) strength” in order not to fall!

Gechillt: Stand-Up-Paddler am Neusiedlersee im Rahmen des Surfworldcup Podersdorf.

Chilled-out: Stand-Up-Paddler at the Surfworldcup in Podersdorf.

Want MORE? Here you go! Have fun and enjoy those sights … 😀

 
Disclaimer: We have been invited by Burgenland Tourismus to this year’s Surfworldcup in Podersdorf. All opinions are my own.

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Elena writes about creative destinations, shares her personal travel stories and brings inspiring photography & interesting news updates home to you. Her mission is: "Continue to be amazed at this world, one creative travel experience at a time."

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