Today somehow I felt I wanted to blog a little bit, just to have a bit windsurfing related stuff to do, my wetsuit has to many leaks and I can't use a cold now. As the followers of this blog know my energy and time spent in windsurfing or this blog has decreased dramatically since +- begin 2011. I think I never blogged why this happened, and now I am able to share the underlying story why this blog has changed.
2008 till 2011
In this period speedsurfingblog.com did grow at 100% - 700% per year.
What did happen begin 2011?
From begin 2010 till begin 2011 I was progressive full-on speedsurfer and proud of the speedsurfing community and growth. The question most asked when I decided one day to start a business in the Netherlands in the middle of the darkest economic crisis ever: why? And yes in 2011 I questioned myself several times the same question, why?
But why do it? I can answer now (at that point of time it was my gut telling me to do it). Speedsurfing evolved from dream to hobby (when I could buy a GPS as a kid), from hobby to sponsorship and lateron income generating "hobby". It was just pure pleasure for myself at start, being on the water with friends. The turning point was begin 2011: there was a bit of a struggle, performance was a bit down, I was actually focussed on everything but the fun that windsurfing gives. This was actually the third time within a year for me when I reached this point, I analysed by speaking with friends and recognized I lost drive and ambition. In the following weeks I didn't found a convincing method (with windsurfing at nr 1 priority) to break this cycle and grow again. After much consideration I chose to break the cycle and put windsurfing at an another priority (later on I figured out this is a common approach in philosophy). What did I do? I restarted the family business (which stopped short after my birth) and windsurfing was put on second and lateron third priority.
I learned starting a business is much like becoming a good
speedsurfer/athlete etc. During 2011, 2012 and 2013 I have learned a lot of stuff that does relate to high performance. Later (2014 or soo) I will give you detailed insights what I learned so far. It is today easier to see what didn't work for my speedsurfing results. One thing I would like to share, for me it was the best decision ever to break the cycle. My girlfriend is convinced I will return as a strong speedsurfer one day, and I always tell her "that will be fun to do, but now windsurfing is just there as a hobby to keep me in balance".
I enjoy 99% of my current windsurfing sessions, which is good. The results are often mediocre or the equipment doesn't match perfectly but it doesn't matter. My last windsurf session was at the Alkmaardermeer with the iSonic 117
and Reflex 7.0, (yup I know a strange combo), it was weeks or a few
months ago (way too long). I was literally flying around and having a
challenge when hitting at high speed a windgap (that is when the nose of
my board want to rocket into the sky).
Since a couple of months I have the Severne Overdrive R4, it was not really my idea to get one, but the dutch importer recommended me to try the sail. I am very happy with the Reflex performance, a happy user of the Reflex I, Reflex II, Reflex III and now the Reflex 4! Now having used the both the Reflex and Overdrive sail I have got emails/phonecalls about details... differences... Since more than a few of windsurfers are interested in the differences I made a little blog about my experience.
Rigging: How fast is it onshore?
I can't say there is a big difference in rigging. It is different, but hard to point out which one is easier? The Overdrive has rollercambers which makes it less sensitive for camber/batten pressure and rotation performance. The Reflex has 1 more camber. I think the reflex is rigged a bit faster by me, but just because I am used to it. Tuning: Do you need a guide?
Overdrive... Much easier. Put maximum tension on bottom 2 battens, medium tension on middle 2 battens and no tension on top battens. The reflex 4 is the same idea, but the reflex has a smaller tuning range. So downhaul should be good in a range of 5mm wherethe overdrive works in a range twice as big. Same with outhaul, battentension, tackstrap, etc...
Durability: Which one will last longer?
This is difficult, since I have the sails only for a short period. My experience is the reflex can do at least 50 sessions without any loss of performance, the overdrive has yet to prove itself for me. When using it normal the sails are good for many years for a weekendracer. The overdrive is lighter and the reflex seems to have a bit more expensive materials. My feeling the Reflex will last a bit longer, but not by a big difference because the construction method is almost equal.
On the water: The feeling is what really matters
To my surprise there is a small difference over the whole windrange between both sails. So when sailing the overdrive in the sweetspot it is a slightly different feeling compared to the reflex.In short:
Gives more feedback, preventing oversheeting the sail continuous. It is much easier downwind
More powerful for its size and lighter, you will be earlier away. Or you can sail smaller with a much lighter sail using a smaller board
Stiffer profile and leech, the overdrive is not a floppy sail. I use a 460 blueline in 8.6 (490 is rec.) which is OK. The Enigma 430 in my 6.2 is giving a stiff profile (for lighter weight speedsurfers I would recommend RDM or a shorter SDM)
More stability in highwind, in strong gusts the sail opens and gives the rider range, if willing to tune it and willing to sail big (for example 7.0 in 30kn+). My feeling is the difference it not the construction, but more the hours of development per sail, reflex is just developed to a very high standard with enigma mast
It is possible to increase lift very quickly by outhaul,
I know this is speedsurfingblog, so the numbers on the gps are one important parameter to be considered. In many conditions the Overdrive will not disappoint you, eventually the reflex will be faster in each size but I think when you just take a smaller Overdrive you will be competitive. I did not do yet a fast session this year, my 2013 bests:
Reflex is faster when you are willing to sail powerfull and know what to do without feedback of the sail, the difference is estimated <1km/h up till +- 80km/h boardspeed. I believe the Overdrive is faster when you don't have the big muscles and don't know exactly how to push the sail in the right angle at any time. For me it took a few good hours to tune the Reflex, and a few minutes for the Overdrive.
Cast: Jurjen van der Noord, Jacques van der Hout, Hans Kreisel, Peter de Wit, Renske Hijlkema, Caspar Verhaagen, Wessel Douma, Niek Looze, Walther Siksma, Jan Hendrik de Bruin, Luc Salomons and many +30 others
Director: Angelo Pecere
Audio: English (Dubstep, electronic and ambient)
Story: An italian guy (the director) who visits the Netherlands, the movie is through his eyes, experience what he experienced in the Dutch nature and a few Dutch "ghosts" chasing high winds plus flattest water. These invisible, deserted places are the ultimate playground for the fanatical and amateur windsurfers.
Review: This movie is a beauty, the storyline is interesting and makes it possible to understand, experience and fall in love with the Dutch landscape. It shows the (Dutch) speedsurfing lifestyle in a way never seen before, this makes the movie quality stand on lonely height. Angelo even managed to surpass my expectations, the first movie that makes it possible to translate my speedsurfing addiction to others. All best emotions in speedsurfing are captured on the DVD
Quality of video is good, but music and sound edit by Bluman is absolutely something special. The audio and video are made to fit perfect together. I like to listen to music and all 40 minutes was a joy to listen, see and experience during the projection at Kater funsports windsurf Shop. This professional edit and cooperation between Angelo and Bluman is the second reason why this video is attractive for everyone, not just windsurfers.
Extras: Tips from the fastest windsurfers for windsurfers
No doubt, Jurjen van der Noord is the biggest thing in dutch (GPS) speedsurfing since I started using a GPS on my windsurfer. Almost no one saw this comming a couple of years ago, I remember the days where I often was about as fast as Jurjen. Later we became teammates with Starboard / Severne. Last year the performance increased like mad and nobody could exactly point out why?
The best fact is Jurjen is just a normal man with a good job, you would not know he is this crazy fast speedsurfer when talking with him and his humble personality. His professional approach for chasing records is unique and will be example for many future (GPS speedsurfing) record hunters. There was a lot of positive and negative buzz in the (dutch) speedscene about this performance in Luderitz, Jurjen is the first GPS Speedsurfer who pulled this off, and it is not easy to:
Get the trip financed with sponsors (yes, for record hunting a good campaign is needed to get enough support!)
Be fit at the right moment
Keep at ease and being able to show your best or even grow during the event
Having the right equipment and knowing how to adapt settings to "never known unique conditions". His custom made board he used worked!! No testing or several proto's possible, it worked, thats engineering on high level!
Jurjen thank you for showing us "how it is done like a professional"! You are an true inspiration, you even managed to get me excited for records!
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