Lately I enjoy testing windsurf (related) stuff the most of all the things I do. I have now soo much positive experiences trying things, the best works for me to start completely blank.

Example: When I receive something new, I just have short look (can't throw it blind in my Seat). My mission is to try it ASAP on the water. I need to use it for at least 1 hour on the water in good conditions. After this I start to measure things and see if it matches my thoughts on the water.

Some testing highlights this year:
  • Starboard iSonic Speed Special W44, DAMN no matter what I keep seeing high numbers on the GPS
  • Sonntag SL-S 30cm + iSonic 86,  WTF I just did (42kn) 78km/h on the Amstelmeer
  • Severne Reflex 7.0 in 30kn+, wow this sail is easy :), I don't need flat water and 30kn is still controlable. THIS SAIL will be my pick for crossing the IJsselmeer (or anything else to cross)
  • Starboard iSonic 111, is there anything this board cannot do?? (speed/slalom/matchracing)
Something learned ;):
  • SL-S 34+ iSonic 86 or SL-S 28+ iSonic W49,  I fly out of the water above 33kn boardspeed with a big SL-S. 
  • SL-P 44cm + iSonic 111+ Severne 7.0,  yes the fin also feels too big in the water (upwind is great though). Thanks to the (<15kn) wind I was still competitive.
  • Severne Reflex with 4cm negative downhaul, yes now the sail is as heavy as it can get and there is clearly no advantage for me. Better don't go further than -2cm
At this moment I just have plenty of time on water to test, plus the fact things do come together for me. Soo I have these ideas what is possible for me (and others). The best experience is when I test something, and there is no doubt, I underestimated my ultimate performance again :).

My advice would be test as much as possible, when not sponsored you can test everything you want. Look for things that work for you!! Serious just do it! Eventually you will find a favorite setting for your favorite board/sail/fin combo. A few will find this the first attempt, some other will find a favorite combo at the 50th attempt. Don't let luck influence your personal records (or maybe worldrecords)!!! Enjoy your windsurf sessions as much as possible

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 comment:

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