3 sessions in 1 week

Yeehaaa, there is wind. Have had some great sessions, not all real speedsurfing but very nice sailing, sun&wind are rare in the Netherlands.

Really amazing Gaastra Plasma Technora Laminate 8.3 (few weeks ago)

A few weeks ago, I finally got the Plasma. I ordered it for my brother. He is compared to me a heavyweight. So the weekend after we got the sail we tested it on the local lake (Amstelmeer), in my opinion there was NO wind when we arrived. Because the water state was soooo flat. I guess that the wind would max gust to 10kn. And most of the time the wind was 5kn.

My brother was really excited and went on the water with the Plasma & Starboard Start (220 literss). I couldn't believe what I saw the next minute. He was planning!!! The Gaastra Plasma just got loads of power, the SB start vin could barely hold that power. Normaly my brother would plane on a 8.5 m2 sail in at least 12-14kn.

So When he came back I jumped on, and it was just amzing how light/silent this sail performed. I just really liked it in no wind conditions, had a great time.

Ultimate Speed Meeting (Strand Horst)
The day before I just got my first Neilpryde (yeaah) The RSRacing 5.8. I was really lucky that Peter de Wit lent me a 400 mast, so I could try the sail during competition. First impression was just great, however I was also trying a 30cm SO7 Select underneath the CA SP50, and that vin was too Big. My Feet had really a lot of pressure, and my condition/strenght wasn't able to control.

Soo, I took the faster brother out, the CA SP44, with Select SL7 Silver 25cm. Immediatly I took the fastest topspeed of that day (76kmh). During that run I could feel how good this combination matches. But after that run the wind dropped, my mistake was to sail to tight after that run. After burning all my energy, I went back to the beach and found out that the flag was dropped. So competition was over.

My average was the worst one ever, but I am not dissapointed at all, because it makes sense why I couldn't make 5 fast runs.

Back @ Lago di Amstel


After the USM I descided to surf on every occasion, because I need condition/strenght to perform. So I had some sailing in light condition for a 5.8, but it was really nice to get 100km on the dail.

It feels damn good to be back @ Lago di Amstel, it is not a speedspot at all. But it feels like home. Can't wait for the next session (I hope with the local boys).

I also got my own NP X9 4.00m mast, NP 160-210 X9 boom, MXT Extender + mastfoot, and it is just great equipment. It just really works great together. I think that I will replace my North harnass very soon...

Strand Horst
Yesterday I ruined my Select SL7 29cm by adjusting it I accidentily damaged the lay-up really bad. I know almost for sure it will break when I use it in extreme conditions. I did the Select SL7 25cm too, it looks now great (happy I didn't ruined that one)

Today I tryed my perfect finished Select SL7 25cm, in almost no wind... Windguru promised me about 25kn of wind. But when I opened my car's door the wind somehow went away. DAMN...

There were some 16-20 knots gusts, maybe a lucky 25kn. So the combination (CA SP44, NP RSR 5.8, SL7 25cm) was possible to try.

I can't say I was really competitive, but I know the fin is really good, I feels bombproof in bigger chop.

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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