Windsurfing in the cold

Now suddenly windsurfing 2 days in a row (weeks of snow, ice and other bad stuff). After some time sitting onshore it is fun to go out on the water again. December was not possible to surf and I had no problems with that 2010 was great. But January 2011 is one big surprise so far...

Session 1
Session 2

The first session was rather fast, I always have this feeling the first session. What normally feels 30kn now feels like 40kn. Was quite heavy session, gusty extreme cold water. And this extreme cold water plus my "survival at sea-diploma" conflict a little bit.

Basicly the bottleneck was to rebalance a little bit safe musclepower. The second day same story on the Amstelmeer (with very little ice near Lutje), however the sun was very helpfull, at one point too hot in my new spartan wetsuit :)

Maybe there is global warming after all, hahaha. Watertemp 2 degrees air between 5-8 degrees celsius last days.

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.

2 comments:

  1. What kind of wetsuit were you wearing (don't know a "spartan wetsuit")? I currently only have a 5/4. Is that warm enough?

    I drove by Strand Horst this Saturday but there was still a lot of ice on the water.

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  2. Ooh I see my comment didn't work.

    It is a Spartan Reflex 5/4/3 soo it should be OK for you too.

    Little hint: deeper water is earlier unfrozen/ or takes longer to get ice...

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