First Ultimate Speed Meeting 2010 [USM]

Yesterday the first ultimate speed meeting was held, with the crew Roger van Tongeren/ Dylan de Jong/ Hans Kleingeld and more. The wind came in late, but good. The USM ended in some thunder close to the water, even some flashes above the water. There were a few daredevils still on the water, lucky nobody was hit and would have ruined everybodies day!!!

The results are hard to see right now, as many tracks have to be splitted (caused by the thunder). At least one thing is sure: I performed crappy ;). The biggest problem was my mindset, I was very angry at myself for having not the right equipment. This mindset caused me to struggle at anytime. Also my GPS-display went mad on both GPS's, one GPS told me I did much higher speed than the other one. But this was not true.

Days like this make me feel really bad. But it will be challenging to perform without making any faults next 2 USM competition. This race definitly has to be the discarded race. I have now 2 weeks to get my gear complete and tuned up, this is my goal.

Hero of the day would be Peter de Wit, he was able to win on a slalomboard!?!?! I mean WTF, many, I really mean MANY others had a lightwind speedboard 53 or 54cm wide... This is an advantage I know for sure, I will get myself also a 53cm wide speedboard ;)

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.


  1. AnonymousMay 31, 2010

    Hi Erik,

    Is this really true. If I see it correctly: in the top 10 of yesterday there were 5 or 6 guys on slalom gear. Still a majority. Nevertheless I fully agree that it was a great performance by Peter.

    In my opinion: Yesterday it was really important to have had many sessions this season on your favorite light-medium combination of board/sail/fin. There was no time to do experiments and we all needed to hit every available gust just right in a more narrow time frame than usual.

    I hope you will get the things together the way you want it!

    Cheers, Luc

  2. I agree Luc, there were some other guys in the top 10 on slalom gear. But Peters performance ist still impressive. He did around 25% less km compared to the other top 10 surfers (only Martin van Meurs did less km).
    All in all it was very impressive for me too see how fast the top guys could go in these conditions, especially the top three with averages over 36,5knots!

    I think Erik was really really unlucky with his setup. Normaly he goes much faster than me...
    In general I think you had to be a bit lucky with your setup yesterday. I think this was more important than the time on the water. For me it was the first session with a set smaller than Manta 74 an 7.8 this year...

    Cheers, Patrick

  3. AnonymousJune 02, 2010

    gefeliciteerd Erik! ;-)



  4. Dank je wel Jurjen, ben heeel blij :)

  5. AnonymousJune 03, 2010

    Pfff, voor mij het beste resultaat sinds een USM gehouden in 2005. Toen eindigde ik ook in de middenmoot, maar wel met hooguit 30 deelnemers. Nu zijn het er een stuk meer. Ik heb overigens Jan Hattema laten testen met mijn lichtweerspeedset, de falcon 102 en reflex 7.8. Volgens mij was dit erg bevredigend;-)!!

    Gr Hans

  6. Jij heb goed gevaren Hans!!