When your usual gear isn't there

My Fanatic Falcon 79 is in the repairshop, a small crack in the bottom has to be fixed. So todays session I couldn't do my usual trick:
Change As soons As possible to Fanatic Falcon 79 on Amstelmeer
I am quite happy my Falcon 79 wasn't there, because I learned a few things today.

My first solution: "Very good powered speedboard"
I chose to sail my Carbon Art Speed 44 with a 6.2. Reason for this the carbon art has a good low-end in choppy conditions. BUT large windgaps of 12kn was a bit to much. Sailing behind the dams was not handy... topspeed 60km/h

My second solution: "VERY good powered lightwind board"
This was a good decision, however my lightwind board (falcon 91) doesn't like banging big chop. There is a small position that works. Lower nose (of the board) will mean uncontrollable banging or crash, higher the nose will mean not efficient/ tailwalk or also crash... topspeed 69.5km/h

The day ended in a new PR on Fanatic Falcon 91, with the fantastic Sonntag SL-S 320. Ohhhh I like this fin soooooo much!!!! It did the fastest run of the day, and there were some fast guys present, hahahaha.

I left early because the speedspot was really crowded, normally I don't sail the speedspot (just making runs in the middle). But after one very excited almost into crash run I decided NOT to risk even MORE damage.

2009 total loss/damage counter:
2x carbon booms
1x NP RS sail
2x harnasslines
1x gps
3x select fins
1x fanatic falcon 79 with crack, will be repaired ;)

Enough broken gear for 2009, I am already 2000,- euro's over my 2009 budget sooo have to think twice about WHEN taking risks. This is something I realized in 2009, you have to consider the risk you take. It has a price, money or health... this year I only have to pay money luckily ;)

Cheers,

Erik

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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