Like I was lost in the forest

Today I did some windsurfing at Andijk, the wind was somewere between N and NE. Main focus was getting some exercise for muscles, second was to check the spot with onshore winds. And last but not least test the equipment and my sailingskills in some higher waves.

When I arrived at 12:00 it looked OK, at least enough wind for 7.0.

12:45 I entered the water and was a bit surprised about almost having no wind in my sail.... Good enough the plane upwind, but no speed at all. Also the waves were really big compared to the windstrenght, even had some moment when the land dissapeared behind a wave. THIS is strange, what to do in these conditions?? I just went on sailing....

13:00 I arrived at Medemblik, waves were a bit constant. Sadly the wind was still low, I think with 5kn more wind the waves would have been more round. Now the highest point was choppy and between the waves was OK. I decided to do a long reach, at 13:18 I saw the land would dissapear in a minute. This would be a bit more  dangerous when in trouble, also to be honest the waves made me crazy, since the beginning I had no easy moment of sailing. Long distance is hard, I went back.

13:33 I was back in Medemblik, decided to try something in the waves to make it work, at this point I didn't even reach 30kn... This cannot be possible, so tried a few runs, at one moment there was a bit longer wave good enough to get some speed, this ended in 30kn topspeed. The wind decreased more and more, at one point my waveriding skills (NOT) were the only factor that could get me planning. Now I went back around 14:00 I was on the beach, not fallen into water and a complete dry Neilpryde RS:Racing 7.0, feels good.

Like Sarah told me one week ago, on flat water everything feels good and in waves there are more effects. Yes I agree, this bumpy session showed more things than you would find on flat water. I have to write now a testreport for sonntag fins, because I see really room for improvement in these conditions. This is FUN :) and DEFI Wind is even much longer..... A real challenge ;)

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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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