IJburg - Almere (winter 2014)

Track is black and red circle was location with troubles
In the winter of 2014 I tried a small crossing from east-IJburg (Amsterdam) to Almere. I actually made the whole crossing. At that point of time I did use my normal GPS-speedsurfing kit (razorsharp fin, SDM mast, etc.).

It all went fine and I had good speed, didn't have a GPS anymore but it was fun anyway. At Almere beach I did my gybe ant went back. It was soo easy, already I thought lets do this twice... However back at the islands a few trees took away my wind and I fell in the water. This was not dangerous, however it was quite cold and I wanted to waterstart immediately. Just above my right knee I touched the fin, and it felt strange.

Once on the board I saw a large cut in my winter wetsuit, suddenly it felt like my leg was loosing blood. However I couldn't drop the sail, because no uphaul rope... I decided to 'quickly' sail back and check the damage at the beach. Those were the longest kilometers I have ever crossed. All the way I kept thinking, stay calm, low heart beat.. But my body was full adrenaline.

I made it back to Muiden beach and fount out the cut was deep but no artery was cut. I was lucky...

After this trip I decided to do this different:

  • have an uphaul rope;
  • my fins are made 'normal' sharp;
  • I use a strong wetsuit (strong material, not soft);
  • Learn were other places to quickly go to a beach are;
  • Have a flare and mobile to let others at distance know if there are troubles;
  • Waer my good old floating vest (jobe)
  • Have a small EHBO kit.

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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