Ultimate Speed Meeting 2009-1

Finally the first USM of 2009 took place on 19 June. I had been waiting for this event for quite some time.The conditions were challenging, the winddirection shifted a few times, also the wavedirection wasn't constant.

Now I stand 12th place (maybe lower), I focused a bit higher for this year. But my week can't be ruined, both tuesday (16 june) & thursday (18 june) I had a presentation &defence of my final project for my study Civil Enginering. I really prepared myself. And it payed off bigtime!! I scored overall 8 out of 10 points!!!

On the water I know what to improve and that is a very positive thing. The gear was fast enough, in my opinion these things went wrong with me:
  • First time with 6.2 RSR E1 in lowwind, almost the whole competition I doubted about the downhaul setting... however I didn't dared to adjust @ that moment
  • After my 67.x kmh 10 sec run I went for my Carbon Art Speed 44, thanks to that I had to walk for quite some time. Also in the end I walked the falcon speed around :)
  • I didn't felt sharp, my reaction to gusts was below normal... Even my best runs I was crappy in building up my runs.
It could have been much worse, the Fanatic Falcon 79 saved my day, such a comftable board!!! The sail& fin were also superfast, I wish that I had some more training time with these. I would like to thank Kater & neilpryde for borrowing me the sail!

And next time better!


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. It was a really nice day! For me personally the whole day was a big hurry-moment: getting up really early, loading the car, driving to work, working 4 hours, driving 200km to Horst, fast rigging up,... So I just enjoyed being on the water with so many surfers on a normal friday-afternoon!

    It was hard for everyone, but in the end the top guys are again on top! Really impressive that they are always sharp and ready, when it's needed!

    It was a good learning day for hopefully a high-wind USM next time!

  2. I think everybody is looking out for a highwind USM session!

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