Wooowwww, pretty big waves + breakers @ Razende Bol

What looked like a boring windsurf day to end this week turned out to be the most exciting experience of them all. First I was looking at the Brace, no wind, too long walk....  After this I was hanging on lutjestrand (Amstelmeer), gusty wind and not really interesting conditions..

Tjitse Spitse called, would you like to join a Razende Bol session???  YES ofcourse!!

Together with Tjitse Spitse, Richard Konstapel and Sieger Boonstra I arrived at the lighthouse. We all rigged something like 6.2m2 and around 60cm wide board.  I used my Isonic 86 + Reflex 6.2 + Sonntag SL-S 31cm. The wind was between 18 and 30kn according to my mobile phone (10minute average wind measurements)....

At the lighthouse you didn't really saw how high&chaotic the waves were... once on the water I had about 10 seconds to learn how to cross breakers, and it didn't went too bad. I was scared to break anything, but commited and smashed through the white water. Once out of the breaking zone the waves were HUGE and short, chaotic in one word. Don't know how high, but had many times lost complete sight between the high waves. Also the challenge was not speed for me, but just keep your board and fin in the water.

At first I was surfing in front, but decided to do 2 gybes and follow Tjitse and Richard (because they are more familiar with this spot). Once landed on the Razende Bol the first thing I did was moving my front footstrap forward, when the board is more in the air than on the water other rules apply... With front footstrap in the middle and backstrap in the rear position it was much better. Also the Sonntag SL-S 310 was behaving like a dream, since speed was nothing, but still sooo safe. Sometime a bit less power is nice.

Back was a challenge too, had to cross 4 breaker short in a row of out 1m high when starting from the Razende Bol Beach... Another first, just the iSonic 86 was very foregiving and helped me a lot, the first attempt I almost lost my windsurfboot. The second attempt was succesfull. Back I had to go a bit more downwind, now really every 4 seconds the water fell away underneath my board.

Also didn't arrive at the right spot back, the beach was complete gone thanks to the high waterlevel. The breakers were smashing against the dyke, had to act very quick and was happy to be onshore again.

There I was standing really impressed about the conditions, the breaker zones is something I really disliked to do again. Once out on sea it is fun. Soo I have to learn a few things more about crossing breakers and get more comftable in high waves. Pretty hard to get out of the breakerzone, and with upcomming tide it was getting only harder soo we decided to end the session.

Yes I am not a "sideshore/onshore wind on sea" pro, but I do like it!!! Next time a bit less wind and go  around the Razende Bol, this will be also a good lesson for windy days. Just have to relax and go with the flow ;)

Thanks for the call Tjitse!

This was my speed: http://www.gps-speedsurfing.com/default.aspx?mnu=user&val=69175&uid=870

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 comment:

  1. Nice Adventure, "Rondje Razende Bol" is a classic one :-)

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