Last week

What an week, the winter is now definitly over here in the Netherlands I guess. The sun is shining and tempratures are rising.

Last week I had 2 surfsession, both were intresting and fast. The first session was on the brace, I broke my PR's (and almost all my gear...)

http://www.gps-speedsurfing.com/gps.asp?mnu=user&val=27351&uid=870

I went there with Peter de Wit and Marcel Braas, we were a bit early... In the beginning there was swell al over the course, after 30 min the tide was low enough but the swell stayed there the first 60% of the course. So we had a really short course, damn!! I know that my accelerations are way less than other top 10 speedsurfing in the Netherlands, the most are focused at getting to speed, but last year I focussed at keeping speed up. Peter de Wit and Marcel Braas were hitting high 70's peak, and I was just going against 70's... But than I changed my normal raked SL7 with the same fin that was raked just a little bit more, and speed were going up, I could see that my PR came close, but the tide was getting high. In the end I crashed (I just wanted 1 very good run) into an sandbank full acceleration, I was really lucky my harnasslines broke.

The second session this week was with the Carbon Art Slalom 62

http://www.gps-speedsurfing.com/gps.asp?mnu=user&val=27528&uid=870

I have double feeling about this board. Sometimes I really like it, sometimes I hate it. The Carbon Art Slalom is made for slalom and not for speed, but this is not the only brand with this habbit... So when it gets flat the board is just to sticky, From my experience right now I would say the sweetspot of this board start when the chop/ waves are >0,4m. So with this board you won't get rewarded to go to a flatter place, or when it gets flat... And that bloody Fanatic Falcon is sooo fast when it gets flat. But every board has its strong points and weak points. When there is no flat spot the CA is really competitive, also gybing is sweet. Maybe I will get a 35cm SL7 because the SL7 33cm is really a bit short...

Erik Loots

Erik is windsurfer for 10+ years. In his daily life he is professional in construction dewatering, advisor, troubleshooter. Erik likes adventures, explore and to challenge himself. During his life he is trying to get the best out of it and have respect for the earth, nature and future generations. The modern world is about sharing, in this blog Erik shares his experiences, selfreflection and lessons learned.

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