+7kg = +5kmh

Weight, the factor I hate the most about speedsurfing, the factor that makes me wonder about my own potential.

In la franqui the difference was way to big between without or with weightvest. When I see a difference like 3-5kmh or even more it makes me sad. Is speedsurfing really that technical??? In the end I have problems trimming the gear. Lightweights just can't put enough weight down.

Also my first session on "de Houw" (IJselmeer), the chop didn't allow deep downwind. I didn't want to sail a weightvest and my speed showed. The difference was just to big. Will it be possible for a 80kg to constantly top 3??? Or just when deep courses are possible??? I think about 120 degrees downwind is the point when weight mathers or NOT.

Is there a holy grail, a solution???
I am looking in all kind of ways, weightvest is quite good. with 5-7kg it should be quite OK for me. Another solution is longer harnasslines. Think that your heavy. These things have helped me... Anyone other suggestions? I would like to get rid of that weightvest, don't like it @ all.

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. Hi Erik,
    when you cannot change weight you have to change other things. For me (77kg) I try to find more speed by changing to boards with more control i.e. Ray instead of Falcon. Also I use a little more downhaul than the heavy guys. I'm still progressing every session so I think this is a good approach that works for me.

    Otherwise you just have to eat more and get fat. ;-)

    Best regards,

  2. Hi mark,

    I think eating more & get fat is quite a good strategy. Maybe the best?

    When putting more downhaul its just decreasing drive... Drag is the same, it could feel a bit better balanced, but in fact you're just loosing acceleration. I sailed over 1/2 year with more downhaul than other pryde riders, when I changed back to 'normal' settings it was often as fast or even faster. More difficult to sail however..

    The fanatic ray trims more automatically, I am convinced if the chop is very regular you can sail over it without even feeling the chop. IN irregular chop the falcon is quite a bit faster if the sailor has good feeling/respond.

    I am thinking of 1 custom made board for my requirements. First I have to earn a few bucks to finance it. I also think changing board to your weight-ratio is one of the keys to perform well. I think we "lightweights" just should ride way smaller to get a fair challenge. Sadly there are not many practical boards below 48/49cm wide.



  3. Interesting post, I read it the first time today.

    Was it difficult for you to surf with a weight-vest? I'm thinking about trying it myself, but thinking is nearly the same like buying in this case :) (The shops around my surf-spots havn't these vest, for exampple Pro-Limit in stock, it would be buying without testing and without fitting :( )
    Maybe you can write another aritcle about this aspect, the different feelings with or without a vest.

    Keep Posting

  4. I will write a nice weightvest article. Thanks for the tip!