Jurjen van der Noord performance far above expectations!

No doubt, Jurjen van der Noord is the biggest thing in dutch (GPS) speedsurfing since I started using a GPS on my windsurfer. Almost no one saw this comming a couple of years ago, I remember the days where I often was about as fast as Jurjen. Later we became teammates with Starboard / Severne. Last year the performance increased like mad and nobody could exactly point out why?
The best fact is Jurjen is just a normal man with a good job, you would not know he is this crazy fast speedsurfer when talking with him and his humble personality. His professional approach for chasing records is unique and will be example for many future (GPS speedsurfing) record hunters. There was a lot of positive and negative buzz in the (dutch) speedscene about this performance in Luderitz, Jurjen is the first GPS Speedsurfer who pulled this off, and it is not easy to:
  • Get the trip financed with sponsors (yes, for record hunting a good campaign is needed to get enough support!)
  • Be fit at the right moment
  • Keep at ease and being able to show your best or even grow during the event
  • Having the right equipment and knowing how to adapt settings to "never known unique conditions". His custom made board he used worked!! No testing or several proto's possible, it worked, thats engineering on high level!
Jurjen thank you for showing us "how it is done like a professional"! You are an true inspiration, you even managed to get me excited for records!
On the water Jurjen is serious fast, see here how fast: http://www.gps-speedsurfing.com/?mnu=user&val=111113&uid=1438
Jurjen his official 500m videotiming record:  51.26 kts = 94.93 km / h

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. 110% mee eens!

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  2. een inspiratie voor velen, surfers of niet. Hulde en respect

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  3. Hats off for this true hero who pulls it off at the right moment when the world is watching!

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  4. A nuance: I don't think there was negative buzz about Jurjen's performance. I think everybody has had respect for his brilliant expedition. The discussion was more about the value and comparison of luderitz canal speeds vs normal gps-speedsurfing open water performances.

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