How To: Start Speedsurfing

Like going fast? Do you want to know who is faster? Now for everybody has free statics & help to start speedsurfing.

Speedsurfing is for everyone, don't think you'll need a speedboard or small slalomboard. No everyone can join, even if you only have a freestyleboard. There are many different rankings, and you can set fun goals like:

-Be the fastest sailor on your homespot (or country)
-Longest distance sailed on your homespot (or country)
-fastest gybe
-Fastest formulaboard

So freeriders, wavesurfers, slalomsurfers, formula, etc. try and join the club. Be the first to join of your homespot! Be the fastest on a waveboard ever, do 1000 miles a year! Etc. There are millions of challenges!!

What skills you need before starting speedsurfing???

  • Being able to surf in the footstraps
  • Being able to use a harnass
  • Being able to get a windsurfing equipment planning

3 Steps to begin speedsurfing
Total costs speedsurfing= gps + aquapack + sandisk SD card = 110 + 35 + 10= 155,- euro's

STEP 1_______Buy & tune your GPS unit
There are 2 new gps units that are good enough: NAVI GT-11 and NAVI GT-31
In the secondshand market a garmin fortrex 201 or gecko 201 is also fine, but don't buy a new garmin! Why? Garmin gps is no accurate enough, good for amateur sailors. I think most ofthe time a new NAVI is cheaper than a new Garmin. The NAVI costs like 110,- euro's. Take a sandisk SD card to save all your sessions, it is a lot easier to read the files out of the NAVI with sd-card.

The gps unit need some waterproof cover like aquapack, the aquapack costs like 35,- euro's

Everything about your gps settings/setup: click here

STEP 2_______Register
Register under your real name on

STEP 3_______Download software
For beginners I would recommend gpsresults to post your tracks on, this software is free for 1 month, and the easiest userinterface. You can also go for GPSAR (software works for 3 months), but GPSAR is more difficult to understand. From the downunder you got realspeed, this is the only one I never used.

Start posting surfsession
Put your gps in aquapack and start surfing!! After these 3 steps you can start posting your surfsession, you and your (surf)spot will get noticed! 

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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