My windsurfing kit 2015

My windsurfing kit has changed many times over the last decade. There was a period when I imported my equipment myself (from Germany and Australia). Later I got some sponsorships and could get the newest equipment locally (which was less hassle). It did cost me about the same each year, the amount of discussions for guarantee changed from year to year however... 

Now I am keen on getting good equipment. That sounds easier than it actually is. During my not sponsored days I had/have more control of getting good stuff. When I was sponsored it sometimes happened stuff broke down and a trip to the shop was a monthly routine in the season. I don't want that anymore..

I reviewed all my equipment over the years for durability and fun. I made the following rules for myself:
  • RDM lasts better compared to SDM;
  • Low tensions lasts better compared to high tension sails;
  • Thick boards last better (especially a complex thin rail with cutouts etc. are sensitive when getting the maximum out of a board);
  • Pre-financial crisis boards (<2008) tend to have better materials in the boards;
  • Old boards and sails are sometimes overstretched (making them perform bad);
  • Old parts are sometimes hard to get.
With the rules in mind I carefully changed my quiver:

My stuff:
-carbon art speed 44 (still have it :) )
-starboard hypersonic 105 wood (bargain, still going strong)
-starboard phantom 380 (I had doubts for a long time because of fragile carbon, however an old raceboard where parts are worn and hard to get was a much worse option, and the thick board is still in one piece)

-loft blade 2010 8.3 (low tension and the best quality sails I have ever seen/used)
-arrows maxx speed 6.9 (low/medium tension, bargain, not much used, has to be sailed on RDM)

-Sonntag (makes also old stuff perform)

-Aeron carbon 180-230 2013 (pretty good so far, a bit heavy though)
-Loft team edition RDM 490 (2013/2014)
-chinook alu extension & mastfoot

Upgrades/wishlist:
I am thinking of selling/trading the loft team edition mast as a 2016 upgrade. I do like the current 490/ 8.3 mast-sailcombination sometimes. But often it is sensitive for (OVER)downhaul, when looking to the sail it is definitly a bit stiff in the bottom for my liking in lightwind.

I came across this new AWESOME concept REPTILE REVERSE, TWO bendcurves in one mast. How about double chance you have a good bendcurve :) :), a 460 would fit both my sails..

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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