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85km/h - 45.9kn TOPSPEED!!  80km/h+/ 43kn+ AVERAGE. Yesterday was great, I am stoked, the new equipment rocks. I was sooo afraid not being able to perform the first attempt on a good level, new sails and boards together are always hard to get tuned up.

Onshore we had to pick 1 board + 1 sail, I had well prepared the W44+ Reflex 6.2, all the time this looked like to be the best combination (battencheck, batten tension optimalisation, tested if fins fitted, etc.). Onshore just before packed I changed plans to use the brandnew Reflex 5.6, the water showed whitecaps and since I thought it would be good to have tested all equipment.

New board + new sail + rider that didn't do any 30kn+ wind session with flat water since somewhere in 2009... this hardly could be a succes, chose to relax and just see where it ends. It didn't took very long before the fastest run was done after rigging

Not forgetting to mention the starboard iSonic speed special W44+ sonntag GPS_2 240 which turned out to be a very controlable combination. The W44 is sooo easy on flat water, on chop it is also not very hard, but feels a bit more draggy than W49. Soo definitly a board for flat water, the first board that feels unlimited in topspeed ever for me. Just have to learn to stick to the flat water near the shoreline, fastest angle was 125 degrees downwind.

The Severne Reflex 5.6 was funny, first it didn't look very nice rigged, it didn't want to rotate. A brand new sail. On the first runs it was not super performance, but every run it became a bit better, than suddenly the sail got like 2 gears extra pulling me crazy downwind. In the end it rotated perfectly and performed well in a big windrange. The brandnew sail itself had to stretch and learn to go fast ;)

GPS Session: http://www.gps-speedsurfing.com/?mnu=forum&forum=2&val=22408

Records possible?? I had some doubts, but they are blasted away, I can doo records. With enough training time in stronger wind it is definitly possible to break all records, I didn't had a chance to finetune a single part yesterday. Also on my tactics there are some improvements possible, this is easy to solve with good quality TOW. I am convinced and will put more energy in searching for windy flat spots, this is the key.

The most exciting moment was going with 84km/h (45kn) full into a weedfield, first it felt like hitting the ground. I was full power and managed to break through, sadly my whole fin was covered with weed and made me spin-out and brake. This was the best gust for me, I was already smiling when I saw the 200m full wind in front of me, too bad. However I guess this is a weed-record :)

Thanks for all the compliments!!! Speedsurfing is just a great sport, without this big active speedsurfing group (gps-speedsurfing.com) it just would not be as fun and exciting.

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.

13 comments:

  1. Well done Erik, great speeds ! You must be a very happy man right now :)

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  2. SUPER!!! maar waarom sta je niet in de jaar- en maandranking? Of zie ik iets over het hoofd?

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  3. It is OK (track needed to be validated) now in the Year+ Month ranking!! Soo happy right now :)

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  4. Oane KingmaJuly 16, 2010

    Holy shit, awesome Erik! I find it particularly funny that you just unwrapped the 5.6 and manage to get these speeds.
    One question though: did you have your PB values reset on GP3S? I only see 5 entries instead of the usual 9...

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  5. Erik, awesome speeds dude, all those knots must be a great feeling of achievement. Meanwhile down here we wait year after year just for some wind at our local Lynfield Speed Run.

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  6. Today again a topsession!!

    @Oane, all PB values are up-to-date. Thanks to the quick gps-speedsurfing.com service

    @Michael, wait year after year for some wind??? You should plan a holiday to the Netherlands. We have at least 2 real speed sessions per year ;)

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  7. Nice work Eric! It must be a huge relief that your change in equipment is working for you...

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  8. What a nice way to thank your new sponsors... ;-)

    Really nice to see that all your dedication is working out!

    Keep up the good work on/off the water!

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  9. Eric,

    Zit in onze nederlandse overzeese gebieds delen te wachten op wind en vond je resultaat, super en gefeliciteerd.
    We wachten op wat er komen gaat

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  10. Thanks for everything Gerrit!!!

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  11. "@Michael, wait year after year for some wind??? You should plan a holiday to the Netherlands. We have at least 2 real speed sessions per year ;)"
    Thanks for the offer Erik, NL is a Long way to travel, prefer the 5 min drive to the local speed spot I overlook every day. When the wind does comes back we will get speed sessions every week. Have the option of a quick flight to Sandy Point, but the wind has been little there also for the last few years.

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  12. Very nice Erik!
    Your dedication and changes in gear finally gave you what you deserve!
    Hope to catch some of that wind this year and follow some of your steps...

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  13. Thanks Raymond!!!

    Lets hope for some wind nearby home ;)

    See you at the Gouwzee

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