Craig Spottiswood New Records/New GPS-Speedsurfing Leader/ Video of 1th run


AMAZING times, especially considering the difference between topspeed and 500m. GPS-Speedsurfing is again at another level, higher/better/faster!!!

Average 88,44 kmh ( 90,83 90,66 87,62 87,38 85,72 )
Max. GPS (display) 92,62 kmh
Max. 2 sec. (software) 92,36 kmh
100 m run 91,83 kmh
250 m run 91,68 kmh
500 m run 90,21 kmh

Craig Spottiswood:

Sorry about the delay, YEEEEE!!!HAAAARRRRR!!!! You Beauty!!! just been letting
the good vibes settle in, still coming to grips with it all, the result was most
unexpected for me. We have all been waiting for a day like this at Sandy Pt for
sometime, with the past heavy rainfall and sizeable swell running in Bass Strait
I did not think the tide would go far enough out. I thought that it was only
going to be a survival day with maybe a 43 average. The tide in the end just
went far enough out to set up what seemed a wider than usual rideable course
down the bank. No special suits, man made trenches or vehicles to get you back
up the course, just a hard endurance battle to start, finish and walk back in
the constant 40-50 knot sandstorm with the lead weight on your back, the actual
runs were awesome!!.

4 hours 6 runs…
Run 1 with camera onboard peaked at
45 with a 10 sec around 43, it was pretty unsettled. Sailing back did not seem a
good option, with all runs requiring a long slog thru the soft sand to the first
dune then sail the last bit to the start. This was so exhausting, you had to
wait some time before you had enough energy to do another run making it hard to
get lots of runs in before the tide changed.
Run 2 data 47.86 max , 47.18
10sec , PB and now quite excited, with the course also improving with deeper
longer runs.
Run 3 data 49.996 max , 49.046 10sec, 47.183 500m seemed more
controlled with 50.01 on the GT31 display making my jaw drop and fist punch the
air, followed with congratulations with Adrian B and Tony W on the long walk
Run 4 data 49.724 max, 48.952 10sec, 48.709 500m was also controlled
just the slow down were getting really wild as the tide came in. Really stoked
about the 500!!!
Run 5 data 48.693 max, 47.312 10sec, 45.694 500m. The tide
now starting to have more effect, and I was getting really exhausted but new
there was still a worthwhile run better than the first to cement the
Run 6 data 47.197 max, 46.285 10sec, 44.723 500m. Chris L and myself
left on the course, made my last run as he came back, another long walk followed
this time all the way to the BBQ, thanks for moving the car Rupert.
Best 5
runs were all done with a broken battern at the bottom camber, it broke on the
first run due to me adding more tension beforehand. All in all to be honest the
runs were ridiculously smooth and constant and left me feeling I could of had a
slightly bigger sail or a little bit more wind. I know this sounds stupid but it
was so GOOD!. Left us with the impression the 49 5x10, 500 is achievable
with same conditions, and maybe better with a lower tide.
AMAC and Chris the
sail, fin and board did not flinch at all on the big runs, absolutely awesome
result on stock, off the shelf gear, hats off to you both!.
Totally stoked
there were so many crew there to witness, and to give it a go in such
conditions. Pleased to see Tonster, Daffy, Ado others get PB’s, great effort
considering the size/weight for some of you guys.
Thanks also to Mick and
Jodi for capturing the moment whilst we took on the wind and sand.

Video of first run:

Speed Fortnight 2009_Spotty from drift media on Vimeo.

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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