Another Surfsession

Yesterday I went to Strand Horst for many reasons. Had to transfer my RS:Slalom sails, meeting with Joerg Sonntag, my brother wanted to go to Horst, teamchallenge Nautical Mile, lots of wind predicted and last but not least check out if I still was able to do some speedsurfing on Strand Horst since my worst USM result ever ;).

It wasn't really nice, the biggest mistake would have been my 2mm summer shortarm wetsuit, singlelined. I assume with only a few hours before the longest day it would be OK, but it was way to cold. Something about 10 degrees celsius, I was shaking all the time. And the speed wasn't very exciting which couldn't make me warm. The plan was to stick and make 5 runs till 20:00, but I just made it till 17:30 and was happy to have my clothes on.

Today I might use my WINTER wetsuit again, global warming...

I am satisfied with yesterdays dayranking since I know what I have done. There was definitly some space, the fastest run was a bit dangerous, I was quickly accelerating to 69.8km/h slowing down in the middle to 63km/h to cross a few windsurfers, than full throttle back again to 70km/h peak. Yep this was my 67.5km/h run, could have been faster for sure. I didn't want to push it at that moment, because I had no precedence... And it was no record day anyhow, soo don't want to spoil someone else his day ;).

Tuning was good for the 7.0, now loose leach was just at the black/white vertical stripe. This is excellent for speed. My small sonntag SL-S also need more rake for strand horst, think something about 13 or maybe 14 degrees for high speed potential. This is a big difference with the fanatic falcon monoconcave.

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. Andre MookJune 20, 2010

    Eric, you wasn't the only one who was freezing dead from the cold. I also thought that it was a good idea to wear my summer wed-suit. Unfortunately the long periods standing in the water waiting for some wind did me freeze over all my body. In a little bit more than 2 ours I traveled only 30k with some worse runs. The happiness which I'm normal enjoying with windsurfing was totally gone. Totally not my day and I was very happy that I could step in to my car and put the heater on. I'm curious when the summer would really start. Were is the global worming if you need it.

    Anyway good surfing from you in these freezing windless pelican conditions.

  2. Yeah Andre, we were not smart. Thinking the earth is warming up ;)

    Today a nice session WITH winterwetsuit. AMAZING

  3. yep I choose for my winterwetsuit and warm helmet and was happy that I made that choice. So fucking cold this weekend!