Just not good enough...

Many recordattempts, including myself hoping for an improvement in the "funranking" (let's keep it fun). Only 1 extreme fast run would have been great. But the conditions were crazy, nothing like "normal speedsurfing". Everybody was going slower than the wind at Da Curve & Brace.

When I speak for myself I had to trim a lot of control==> this costs looseness==> resulting in extra drag, this was my conclusion. The gusts near 50kn were mean often a big contrast to the nominal wind (about 35kn). Don't know if there is an actual speedbarrier in sudden increase of drag, for me it felt like yesterday the control needed was the limiting factor. For true records I believe the efficient setup has to be used, survival till one megarun (controlable thanks to increasing windstrenght along the run). Yes you have to be lucky, and worst case scenario you could end up losing dayranking without 1 fast run.

Too bad the wind changed quickly and the tide came up, I was one of the few lucky ones in the Netherlands with 5 runs...

My session: http://www.gps-speedsurfing.com/?mnu=user&val=66712&uid=870

Currently in top10 this month and year :)

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.

4 comments:

  1. Compared to 3-4 years ago the level is really getting crazy high in the Netherlands. Some years ago 40 knots was something special, now it's only an average day on 7.0m²... ;-)

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  2. It's just too bad the day didn't turn out what it looked like.

    But I have one question:
    What was the reason for the too high waterlevel?
    I mean, Marcel Braas wrote on GP3S it was only -40 and not -80, okay.
    You did your amazing speeds some weeks ago with SW/SSW and in this case left foot front. Yesterday the wind swung to WSW, of course this is another direction, but I thought because of the curved sandbank you could now sail on another place with a nice angle and right feet front.
    But I read the WSW wind pushed the water back.
    Was the too high waterlevel now generated by the tide or the strong WSW wind? In the second case it should be impossible to sail Da Curve with WSW wind any time...

    Regards
    Pat

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  3. With WSW you also have to sail with left foot in front. Sailing in Northern direction.

    The high waterlevel was generated by the strong WSW wind, I mean 40-50kn is a lot of force. I hope it will be possible to use Da Curve till +- 35kn gusts WSW, the spot has to prove itself with a bit less WSW. It might go wrong again, or the windeffect could be minor.

    That is the fun part about exploring places, it will be a surprise :)

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  4. Ah okay, interesting facts.

    Viewing the spot on google earth it looks really magic, it's a pitty nobody shared some pictures of this spot until now :(

    And sorry I forgot this in my last post:
    Respect to surf in wind until 50knots. This is defently a lot of force. Just the ~45knots last year in Herkingen were nearly undoable for me...

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