Getting Tuned Up With New Gear

Saturday 12 June I had my first speedsurfing session (before some lowwind experience that doesn't count) with the new starboard/severne equipment. Actually it went better than I thought, for me it was harder than usual to get tuned up. New boards AND new sails make it much harder to find the right trim, once I wrote on this blog "don't replace everything at once". Normally it is smart to test 1 new thing at the time, but again realised doing "it different" can deliver the best findings ever.

In the end I was pleased to find a fast combination of gear and settings (after 2 hours of puzzling). My head made some overhours on the water, constantly searching for improvement (till I felt competitive). Also learned a bit about the behaviour when pulling more downhaul/outhaul.

So far my I used the enigma 460 mast + reflex 7.0 + 0cm extension. Also there was still enough space between the pulley and the extender, soo less downhaul than stated on the sail. It was close to perfection in the end, no other sail ever has pulled me this strong forward when going downwind. I sailed about 120 degrees deep downwind.

The iSonic 111 worked best with mastfoot a bit back+ the sonntag SL-S 43cm (12 degree rake), next time I try a bit less rake& length. The iSonic 86 was magic with the Sonntag SL-S 33cm (12 degrees rake). Really happy to have found already a sweet combination. My good old fanatic falcon 91 SL-S 34cm (11 degrees rake) was over the edge. These isonics are totally something different, I have to get used, the first major change I noticed is that isonics can be pushed harder (with less risk).

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 there, I also own Is86 and I like it a lot. I just look for the right fin for speed conditions to be used with 6.7 RS slalom sail, the one that will replace Drake 34. I also weight something like you, 86-88 kgs.

    What is your experience with SL-S 33 vs Drake 34?

    Great blog. I really enyoj reading it :).


  2. Hi Marin,

    Yes a long long time ago I had a Drake 34cm, this one was a bit soft, not too bad. For speed the Sonntag SL-S 33cm is good, now I have some more time on water I am going towards 13 degrees rake.

    The SL-S gives a bit more stable ride on high speed, compared to the Drake which suits lower speeds better.

    Also the fin gives nice control in choppy conditions.

    With a Neilpryde RS:Slalom 6.7 I think you will have a great combination to go fast


  3. Hi,

    your trim seems to be really good. Winning the dayranking on the first day of speedsurfing with the 7.0 is not too bad ;)

    Cheers Patrick