Windsurfing Weekend

Finally last weekend wind showed up, had the oppurtunity to sail both days 07/08 March. Both days I sailed something 'new'.

Saturday
Neilpryde RS:Racing EVOII 7.0 and 7.8, very less wind 8kn till 14kn. The sails feel a bit more soft, general feeling is about the same. The total distance was 37km, and topspeed was around 50kmh (27kn). In Low-end conditions the new Neilpryde sails are easier to handle, the older sails had a low-wind mode but when hitting a sudden gust you had to be carefull

Sunday
I bought a secondhand Fanatic Falcon 91 (2006) somewere in October. Saturday was the day with right conditions to see what this board can do. Wind was between 16 and 21kn. I chose my RS:Racing EVOI 6.7 and a Select SL9 proto 33cm. And it felt quick from beginning.
However I struggled to get over 34kn speed. In the end when the wind was degreasing I chose a bit smaller fin Select SL7 Gold 31, and managed to surf the fastest run of the day >35kn.

Next time I am going to use the 31cm fin and hope to sail even higher speeds!

Related:
http://www.gps-speedsurfing.com/default.aspx?mnu=user&val=41284&uid=870
http://www.gps-speedsurfing.com/default.aspx?mnu=forum&forum=2&val=11404

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.

2 comments:

  1. I agree, that one of best way to enjoyed life is to have fun specially when you get bored.
    In fact windsurfing can be said to straddle both the laid-back culture of surf sports and the more rules-based environment of sailing.The sport has a potentially shallower (longer) learning curve when compared to other so-called "extreme" sports. But, are there easy way to learn surfing?
    Brin @ secondhandwindsurfing.com

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  2. I have been a surfinstructor for a short period (www.leerwindsurfen.nl). It only took 1 hour to learn a group of 6 persons go forward and turn on a windsurfer.

    The fun really starts when you will be able to glide. This takes a bit longer to learn, but within 1 surfvacation possible.

    Cheers,

    Erik

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