New records, speedsurfing-2012-style

I have noticed this morning something crazy when I looked to facebook and some windsurfing websites. Speedscene, the main topic of this blog, is soo dynamic. So many interesting new trends(etters)!! Speedsurfing looks to me way different than when I was fully 300% commited and only looking on the GPS numbers.

The newest GPS speedsurfing leader Jurjen
A new trend is 90km/h is no barrier? How did that happen? I think the dedicated riders are getting results after years of time investments. I cannot imagen a not-GPS-speedsurfer will lead future speedrankings on any course. It is exciting to see changes in the top-10 of the world, best example at this moment is leader Jurjen van der Noord. I know a time when we had about the same performance, I would say even the choice of equipment wasn't really different. Now I see Jurjen has found that edge, trust, vibe, etc. (I think there are thousands of words to describe). Jurjen is not alone, next to Jacques, Hans and now Wouter looks like stepping up

I see speedsurfing has become more popular around the gps-speedsurfing-ambassadors. These ambassadors are the drive for the sport. People like Lea (redsurfbus) or Mark van Osch ( and many many others. It is good to see the enthusiasm is still spread and highly contagious. Another type of ambassador (or maybe there is a better word) is Angelo Pecere and his Ghost of Speed project, I have contact with Angelo and feel this project is something magic. It will be footage from the out of the box answering: what is speedsurfing in the Netherlands? I have the feeling this project will be one of the biggest if not the biggest achievement for GPS-speedsurfing, time will tell.

I will continue follow the speedscene as it is more interesting than ever. Today I hope to do a bit of speedsurfing myself, need to try my new speedboard-fin and sail. Probably a session messing around with settings. To be honest not dreaming of records any moment soon, I know what it would take for me and at this moment not possible. But stopping is no option I am desparate for the thrill of being out on the water, finding the edge, some hard physical work and after that speedsession many days of muscle recovering required. Transmit windforces on the water, a simple relaxing addictive task. Lets see what more 2012 has to bring.

PS For speedsurfing-ambassadors this blog is always open for new writers/bloggers!

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. Hello Erik,

    I've been lately checking my speed with a GPS fitted android phone. I'm using sports tracker software and then I filter the .gpx with GPS Results. Any advice on what filters should I select for a realistic speed measurement? I've heard accelerations over 3m/s2 are to be descarded, is it right? Any other advice -better software programs, etc- would be wellcomed. Still not motivated enough to buy a GT-31, but who knows... Thanks in advance, Julian