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28 May 2015

Inspired ==> Windsurf Crossings

A few years ago (2010-2011), when speedsurfingblog was full speed (and me too on the water) I was always into a long distance session. Crossing afsluitdijk, or other crossings. My current surfspot is the area between Amsterdam Zeeburg - Muiderberg - Almere - Uitdam. I have researching the internet and found Arnoud the Rosnay, pretty cool stuff!!

I haven't made an gps-crossing account yet, also I currently don't use/have a GPS. However I enjoy planning a crossing, preparing equipment and myself for such a crossing. When I windsurf it is about making a journey, instead of focus on 2 or 10 seconds. I like the idea of connecting and crossing two locations just by the wind.

I changed equipment to fit crossings (read more safety):

- Changed to sails on RDM masts (I have now a Loft Blade), a broken mast when 10km from shore is dangerous
- Fins have been made less sharp. Latest session this year I managed to cut myself on my fin. I was 15 minutes sailing from the beach. That was an event that made me aware a less sharp fin and tougher wetsuit would be more safe
- less weight is easier over distance. It is true more weight does give more speed at the moment the wind falls away. But that is not a problem, its open water and stable wind. The best is not to fatigue quick and have fun (instead of fighting with the elements)
- small emergency kit
- flare
- knive- screwdrive
- spare fin (small widebase?)
- some fresh water
- an easy (wrist?) gps for navigation. I tried a normal sailboat compass, but windsurfing and reading a compass was not working due the motion of the equipment.

Much more to come and explore about crossings.. It is a new thing and we windsurfers should explore which equipment and combinations would be best for crossings.

When the equipment is perfect I will try to do the longest distance over Markermeer from Zeeburg.

06 June 2014

5 Biggest windsurfing mistakes for speed - PART 1

"Assumption is the mother of all mistakes", I heard this quote yesterday and this inspired me for this blogpost (and yes I did miss the only good day with wind). Assumptions can limit your achievements and if you are trying to windsurf as fast as possible I would recommend not to assume the following:

#1 The flatter the water, the higher the speed
You would think flatter water is faster... In theory at least. In the real world there is something else which shouldn't be forgotten. The sport we are doing is wind-surfing, wind = air + surfing = water. To go as fast as possible we do not only need flat water, we need flat water PLUS good wind. Our eyes can easily see the difference between flat water or choppy water, it is hard to see the difference between good wind and bad wind.

How to deal with turbulent water (chop):
Chop can be very consistent and if not, it is possible to recognize a monster-chop ahead of you. You can actually decide to avoid these chop deviations. If chop is consistent there is a way to fly over the chop, it is just a matter of the right fin, board and sail. Even if chop is 0,2m, 0,4m up till 1m. If the water is flat it is offcourse easier. BUT if the water is choppy it is easier to find a quick set-up.

How to deal with turbulent wind:
Bad winds: on-off winds, wind rotating in different directions, only wind in the top of the sail. The problem is bad winds are unpredictable, you actually cannot see the windspeed in the top of the sail before it hits the sail. Water cannot change in direction, water is visible at 2, 5, 10 and even 100 m ahead. If you are sailing in turbulent winds you are at the mercy of the wind.

What to do?
-If you are driven to get the best out of each windsurf session
-If you are focussed on being the fastest windsurfer you could be
-If you like to compare your speed with others and do a honest bit of racing
-If there is nothing worse for you than a day where everyone had a gust except you

figure 2
The key to success (if you recognize the conditions above) is simple, focus on relative speed* and know your numbers. If you are light you will be more sensitive to turbulent wind, if you are heavy you will be more sensitive to chop (or at least manoeuvres around chop at speed). Sometimes it is just better for you to go to another spot or place on the spot, and this is not for all windsurfers the same!
-If you are light it is interesting to trim to sail a bit more downwind with
 consistent winds and/or less crowded spot, (course 2, figure 2). You might be amazed what a slightly bigger slalomboard can do over chop compared to a speedboard.
-For heavier guys it is best to prevent locations where it is possible to sail free with consistent increasing windgusts, you'll have an advantage compared to others in hammergusts where the water is easy and you can fix your course (course 1, figure 2).

Let us know if you tried our theory and how it worked out for you. There are many ways to use this theory your benefit, you will grow and have more fun as a speedsurfer as long as you are able to build confidence and know your numbers.

*relative speed is the speed for a given location, for example 35kn is fast for a lake and slow for Sandy Point

04 June 2014

Bought my very own Hypersonic 105 from back in the day :)

A little miracle happened last weekend. 31th of May speedsurfingblog did send a message in the world for a starboard hypersonic board. Within 24 hours my brother (Wouter) called me since he had found a secondhand starboard hypersonic on the internet. It wasn't D-RAM, but it was a 105.

The board was near Dordrecht and I went there after a  meeting. The second miracle the other windsurfer that had a look before me didn't buy the board.

William was the owner of the board, when I saw the board I just could not believe it. It was my very own board. With my own repairs, my own footstraps, my fin, screw etc. William thank you for taking such great care for the hypersonic

My first GPS session was on this board, and I remember the spiky data from that day.

Hope to do a second GPS session on the hypersonic soon :)

Haven't had a lead towards a carbon art speed 50 or 53 yet... I hope to buy such a board too, if you know someone that would like to sell this board, please let me know.

31 May 2014

WANTED: starboard hypersonic and carbon art speed 53

As the title says I am looking for two boards. I owned both of these boards and do have good memories. Let me explain:

Starboard Hypersonic WANTED!
Preferred construction DRAM (most reliable on long term)
Preferred size 105 or 111
Preferred location of delivery/Pick-up Netherlands (Amsterdam)

The hypersonic 105 wood was the first board ever which I used with a GPS. It was a bloody good board from what I remember. But it is almost 10 years ago.. Did my preferences change? is the new iSonic 107 2014 much better? I like to answer these questions, to do so I need to own a hypersonic so I can actually compare in all sort of conditions.

Price: based on value/condition of the board


Carbon Art Speed 53 WANTED!
Preferred construction normal
Preferred size 53
Preferred location of delivery/Pick-up Netherlands (Amsterdam)

The carbon art speed 50 was the first speedboard I owned, I still have its little brother. The speed 53 is the succesor of the speed 50. I am just curious how the speed 53 does sail.. I like the Lockwood designs, used the CA speed 44 last year and it was not bad.

Price: based on value/condition of the board


Do you know someone with one of the boards above in good condition? Please let me know. Email: loots.e@gmail.com

15 May 2014

Back 2 normal

I can say now my days of being sponsored are over* (*except for Sonntag Fins). First I would like to thank Gerrit Kater from Kater Funsports, the support from him was very helpfull and I will remember the nice discussions for a long time. I also would like to thank Fox Sports (Martijn & Thewes) for their support with Starboard and Severne. I wish windsurf business the best, these are though times.

Yesterday I had a good talk and all parties agreed being a promoter of speedsurfing didn't fit anymore in my daily life. For example there was a good 5 months inbetween the last session yesterday and my windsurfing holiday in Tarifa. It wasn't all because I had no time or didn't want to windsurf, but I didn't had this windsurfing craving either (for the record, fact: since the beginning of 2014 I simply had no sails, masts and booms up till yesterday).

Buying equipment with free choice
Yesterday things finally settled and now I actually chose to buy some stuff at Kater, I could choose everything from a brandnew sail of >€ 1000,-- up to a 10 year old piece of plastic once famous of being "fast". I deeply feel sorry for the consumers, windsurfing turns out to be rather expensive, and it is bloody difficult to choose from the thousand-and-one options. In the end I bought a second-hand Severne Reflex III 7.0 and a used 2010 Enigma 430 mast plus a brand-new Aeron 180-230 carbon boom. I digged through the shed of our dewatering company and between the drilling equipment and gravel stockpile I found my old and (t)rusty NP RS:Slalom MKIII 6.2. So I have two good sails a mast and a brandnew boom, that should give me a nice point to start. Next to the rusty NP there was the good old Carbon Art Speed 44 (2007) and iSonic W44 (2010). Beside that I have a brand-new iSonic 2014 107 wood. Conclusion, I have enough plastic to windsurf