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01 January 2010

How To: Break 35kn

This article is written for speedsurfers with some experience but wanting to go even faster. The 35kn (= 65km/h) barrier is really fast, especially when you don't have really flat water. I have experienced many 35kn which felt like worldrecord runs ;). But how to do it?

What do we need?
When reaching for 35kn (free)race equipment is adviced, freeride equipment is possible to do 35kn but the unstablity makes it MUCH harder. I would advice to reach 35kn boardspeed in 26-30kn wind. Look to the How To: Do Basic Tuning to get a fast setup for all conditions.

  1. Search for some flatter water, with possibility to go downwind
  2. Go crosswind as fast as you can
  3. Wait for a gust and go downwind, DO NOT hang harder into the sail in the gust. By keeping the sail in normal stance you will be faster.
  4. Try to go really deep downwind, find the deepest angle possible vs chop. When you reached the deep-downwind course try to keep the sail a bit open (not close-the-gap)
Good :Luck, and please respond when you succeeded

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