Can you handle it?


Bigger,heavier is not always better, I think this donkey is also thinking this. I always choose to take 90% that I can handle. That is in my case:

12-25kn Fanatic Falcon 91 + Neilpryde RS:Racing 6.7
14-30kn Carbon Art Speed 50 + Neilpryde RS:Racing 6.7
20-45kn Carbon Art Speed 44 + Neilpryde RS:Racing 5.8

But these numbers are for everyone different, what sailsizes do you use???

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. Depends from some variables:
    - which place? (horst or grevelingen?)
    - which sails (my newer rs-slaloms can be used much longer then my older overdrive's)?
    - which weight? (with 90-95kg, I can call myself a heavyweight ;-) )
    - how many combinations possible (with 7 boards, 9 sails and 13 fins are a lot of combinations possible... ;-) ). I will post an update quiver today on my blog. ;-)

  2. Herm,

    I admit your points have influence on the windrange.Some day I will write something about it but this are my simple rules:

    Bigger gear <=====> Smaller gear
    1) Pro-rider--------------amateur
    2) heavy weight----------lightweight
    3) Choppy-----------------Flat

    Wow with your gear there are lots of combination possible indeed. I have a hard time just to figure my 3 boards, 2 sails, 5-10 fins out!!! How many good combinations do you have Herm?? I got right now 3 good combinations (you can see them above)

    RS-Slaloms smart choise!!! I never told before, but one day I changed my sail (vapor 2008) with a dude (he was on RS:Slalom mkII) and that RS:Slalom opened my eyes.

  3. Interessting to see that you can use the Falcon that early. I am about 98 KG. I am using most of the time my 7.8 m2. I will start using the 6.7 m2 when the wind is about 5/6 BFT.

    Currently I only own a Hypersonic 105. So i can't do a lot of combining. Currently I am looking for a replacement. My dream combination would be a Starboard Isonic 122 and a 101 or 94. But that will cost me a lot of money...

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  5. Hey Mad,

    I have owned a Starboard Hypersonic 105 too!!! And its fast enough believe me.

    I did only 1 gps- session with this board and I regret it for over 2 years I sold the Hypersonic!

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    Maybe I could help you out with a cheap solution. Your hypersonic has a secret speedmode. Just tell me what is your speedsetup.



  6. Hey Erik,

    Maybe we should meet up when the weather is better, because I am really curious about that extra speed mode. At the moment I have a really hard time getting the board over the 60 KM/u.

  7. Please contact me if you are around. On the Amstelmeer it is no problem for me to check your settings, and give some tips.

  8. Hi Erik,

    I have a HS105, too, and would be interested in that tip on extra-speed. I am in the US, so it must be over email. Would you have any tips on fins. I am using stock fins, but thinking about getting something else.