This morning when I started my laptop and searched the internet for speednews. I found only news that made me sad.

It made me sad too read John Kenny the Irish Recordholder (WSSRC) has passed away last week. R.I.P. An 2009 news story on the starboard site about John and his records:

Also I read Barry van Lingen a fast dutch GPS speeder crashed REALLY hard in la Franqui, broke 4 ribs + all equipment busted (including GPS died). I hope you heal quickly Barry, it does sound like a lot of pain! Crash was caused by a spin-out, he had his crashvest on, damn this could happen every speedsurfer :(

My surfsession today
It was something new and a very positive experience, it made my day. I recently decided to do the Port-Saint-Louis speedevent (if there is some space for me). Soo I was thinking, how can I possibly train tight angle+ light swell. I think you guessed it, today the conditions were PERFECT for getting used to waveriding. In the end I managed 3 times to use the power out of the wave and get extra speed, an amazing feeling. When the board was on top of  the breaker, this gives nice windflow+ more power from the fin.  Have to say I carefully chose my equipment to practice this, all worked fine!!!

Also fair to mention the 15 other times when I ended at the backside of the breaker and losing good windflow+ finpressure. Definitly important to have the right path! Now 16%  of all my runs with succes from using waves, it is a good point to start ;).  In the end I was going a bit too fast for the waves (running out of white water quickly), I like too see progress.

GPS-speedsurfing definitly different than what I did today. Good to be aware of the differences!?!

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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