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30 January 2010

The ultimate windsurfing blogs List

total counter 124 windsurfing blogs. Is your blog missing, to add a windsurfingblog contact me.

*NOW out the 2011 new Ultimate blog list!!!!

list of blogs:
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28 January 2010

New X9 160-220 looks small


I haven't taken any measurements yet, but the new X9 boom looks a lot less wide than previous 160-210. I am talking about the distance between the 2 bars. I don't know if the extreme deep profile fits in this small boom, with the older and wider boom was haning in the boom till the harnasslines. With the new boom the sail hangs even further in the boom, does this not damage anything???

To be sure I chose to order a 180-230 boom next to the 160-220. We will see how this will work out, maybe my favorite boom will be 180-230 from now on.........

27 January 2010

Why are frenchies soo successful in windsurfing?

Sometimes it bothers me a bit that the frenchies are soo succesful in "nautical achievements", for example Antoine Albeau and Hydroptere. I just don't like the fact of not knowing why?? Just to get a bit more understanding I opened a topic on www.windsurfing33.com a french windsurfing forum. Original I hoped to learn a bit more about fins in France, but thanks to all replies I learned a lot more;)

My questions on the forum were:
  1. Why do I find more custom fins in France compared to other countries???
  2. Why do speedsurfers in France use more exclusive (custom) fins?

Some answers that helped a lot:
  • Albeau does so we do regardless to the uge gap between he and us. Our national leader is far above all the other riders, we figure out it cames from his equipment and we copy it. For instance, the percentage of Slalom JP boards are strongly raising in the market of new boards. 
  • Gasoil and Deboichet are both french or french native speaker making it easier to get the right fin for your board without to much risk in the delivery 
  • those fins are excellents, we have plenty of everyday riders feedback and a strong second hand market making it possible to renew a full set of Deboichet for few box.
  • Because you're not as "fashion victims" as french people...
  • plus french people  don't  follow blindly foreigners

I think now to understand what it is all about, basically most french windsurfers buy the same (windsurfing) gear as the (local) proriders. In the Netherlands this effect is not that big. I believe after the windsurfing topic the french have this "protectionism" because: the language French, strong national market and maybe a better sense for fashion. The disadvantage is (thank you Christophe Waerzeggers) when the french market is not as innovative as an other producer (Kashy is a good example) than immediate most french riders will be slower in competition and it will take a long time to recover 1th position.

Thanks to the "nationalism" I believe the french nautical market has got more budget, more sponsoring, etc. When frenchies invest enough money in R&D + good windsurfers they will keep the leading 1th position for a long time...

Speedsurfing can make a difference, now France has got the lead thanks to the hard work in the past of Pascal Maka, Antoine Albeau, Deboichet and many more. But somehow results are not improving anymore (because lack of investments in French speedsurfing?!?). In the Netherlands speedsurfing is boooming. More and more (mostly privateer) investments in speedsurfing, when nothing changes I predict someday the Netherlands will be THE trendsetter in  speedsurfing.

26 January 2010

No more adsense for speedsurfingblog

For 2010 I decided to end all adsense on www.speedsurfingblog.com because it costs me to much time. I invested lots of time in "earning online some bucks". At the end of 2009 I studied the stats and for a windsurfing/speedsurfing blog advertising via adsense isn't intresting for me. Most important for me is good content and making a difference for windsurfing/ speedsurfing, not advertising.

I prefer to work directly with partners, help each other directly.

24 January 2010

the asymmetrical speed seeker project*


For a week now I have been digging in my own archive of windsurfing magazines, folders, etc. I began searching this stuff because together with Rolf Aalders we are looking for some inspiration for a photoshoot.

the asymmetrical speed seeker project* story I found in the 2005 product folder of NP, this is the story:
One of the things we strive to do at NPDC is gain as much knowledge and experince as possible in order to constantly improve on our sails. One means of gaining this valuable knowledge and experience is through projects and experiments that help us explore the very edge of development, even though they may not necessarily lead into a commercial product. The Asymmetrical Speedseeker Project is one such endeavor that is taking the Double Surface concept one step further by creating an almost full double surface sail that can only be sailed in one direction. The motivation behind this project is to break the sailing speed record and we have taken a no compromise approach. The sail in its' early stages has shown tremendous potential clearly beating our previous speed sail designs. We look forward to witnessing their full potential on the speed course.
*This sail is a development project only and will not be available to the public




23 January 2010

My weight :)

This is a first: I added weight during winterstop. My last session was 5 Decembre 2009, I know for sure my weight was 79-80kg... I tried a few things to add some bodyweight for speedsurfing, but doing physically nothing and a bit stressful job seems to be the key.


Yesterday I thought let's see... And the dail stopped at 84kg,  I thought WOW thats +5. That is a weightclass up, near 90kg (that would be perfect). 


PLUS: according to all lightweight surfers I should be faster (yeah right.....)
MIN: it makes it harder to compare last years testresults with the 2010 sessions


When my weight stays above 81kg after the first few sessions I have to change my gps-speedsurfing profile before the real speedsurfing session in 2010. 


It would mean I have to compare against other competitors in weightclass:
  • Dirk Doppenberg
  • Serge Beumer
  • Peter Volwater
  • Dylan de Jong
  • Chris Lockwood
  • Farrel O'Shea

20 January 2010

Nominated for blogger's choice awards


www.Speedsurfingblog.com can win an international award, soo I submitted the website to this contest. I hope the website content, design and structure will be good enough to get some votes. With at this moment 6 votes we are getting near top 10 ranking worldwide, that's high for a windsurfing oriented blog. I hope to get some windsurfing PR out of this one.

Thank you,

-Erik

17 January 2010

Promotion with Social Media

This article is not really about speedsurfing, it is an idea maybe out of reach, maybe interesting but most likely it will not happen. I had some doubts for this one to click on the publish button. But would like to share my thoughts, maybe I forgot something in my argumentation..

I read sometimes sharp comments (windsurfing.nl: "do you want visitors again?") about speedsurfingblog, I guess windsurfers don't really understand/believe the most important goal of www.speedsurfingblog.com itself. To be honest, I would like to see windsurfing on television nowadays.

Goal in a few words:
"Promote windsurfing/ speedsurfing"

Is the goal achieved??? Not even close.

The problem:
Windsurfing is barely on TV, radio, newspaper and even in online readers you don't see much.  Speedsurfingblog visitors are for 99% known in windsurfing. Speedsurfingblog is found by search words like "Neilpryde Matrix etc." or links on other windsurfing sites.

The speedsurfingblog idea:
My last vacation (christmas 2009) I was thinking, what can I do to promote windsurfing a bit during these cold days??? It shouldn't cost me money, invest some time is OK, maybe 5min per day. And it should be easy, don't want another pain in the head. I went on google looking for all sort of things, at one point I found a few sites that submit stories... for free. Digg.com, Delicious.com and many more. It is called social media.

You know how many visitors these sites have each year? Over 100 milion unique visitors EACH

When 1 person submits a windsurfing article it will never appear between other sports, its a number thing... I believe the windsurfing community is for a large part online, windsurfing forums are used worldwide to share all kind of information. We (online) windsurfers can make windsurfing populair! For example when 50% of the speedsurfingblog visitors would social bookmark the articles  it would appear in front of milions of readers. (calculation: 60 clicks/day*3days= 180 clicks= enough) At one point this "online interest" should be taken serious!!!! Conclusion: We windsurfers should social bookmark all high quality windsurfing articles we like to the world.

Now I did my part, making speedsurfingblog articles easy to social bookmark. And this article to explain how it works, the possibilities, the reason etc. Let me know what you think about it, or a better idea??

14 January 2010

Speedteam Wad1team members

The alphabetic list of riders:
  • Harro Bakker
  • Marco Bakker
  • Serge Beumer
  • Marcel Braas
  • Tim Joosten
  • Chris Kluiters
  • Jeroen Labots
  • Erik Loots
  • Rene Mienis
  • Erik Schram
  • John Tuin
  • Peter Volwater
  • Gauke de Vries
  • Peter de Wit
  • Jan Wolters
A great team and we are ready for action, today 6 degrees celsius maybe the ice will melt on our spots... I believe in Januari it will not be possible to do a competitive speed windsurfingsession in the Netherlands. Time will tell...

07 January 2010

Snow, ice and more bad news in North-West europe

The latest speedsurfing sessions in my neighborhood was 31-12-2009. Now 7 Januari 2010 is the 7th day without speedsurfing in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and UK. Predictions (as far as I can evaluate) show this cold period to last a few more weeks.

Actually it is plausible we will not be able to do a january session on our own ground! Maybe 2010 will be the year down-under to be unbeatable in the evaluated ranking or gps-teamchallenge.

About the gps-teamchallenge there will be a team formed with Amstelmeer riders. I will be team captain for at least 2010 and so far 12 riders have registered (email). We will meet on short term and share thoughts etc. As soon as possible I will publish the team, first we have to confirm a lot of things. The teamsize is unlimited according to the rulebook, if you are also windsurfing with GPS around the Amstelmeer AND willing to join our team please contact me. I believe it will be a lot of fun and the team is various soo we should be able to perform in the teamchallenge at more things beside AVG and 2sec.

I wish the coldness to disappear ASAP, yesterday from work to home (Amsterdam-Alkmaar) we drove 45km in 3 hours and 15 minutes, that's 13,84km/h average or 7.5kn average speed. The Netherlands is not build for this weather......

03 January 2010

[review] 2010 Naish Grandprix 7.0

I was asked to test the new Naish freerace model for Kater Funsports. It is a reasonable prized sail. From the shop I also got the required 2010 Naish 75% mast, just the combo they would like to sell.

It was the end of the season when I tried the sail, quite cold and windy for the 7.0. I just wanted to know if the Grandprix compared to a RS:Slalom or V8 from Neilpryde. Compared to my totally tuned-up RS:Slalom MK3 6.2 the difference was 5km/h, it was not really fair compare since against all my expectations this Naish is designed to be sailed small.

The sail has lots of bottom-end, I overdownhauled slightly with 2-3mm. Still the sail got massive power above the boom. I would definitly compare this sail with the Neilpryde V8 (or H2) class. TO go fast with this grandprix I would suggest to sail it small and not overpowered.

The Grandprix could be updated to a higher performance level sail (by yourself?!?). I felt like a flextop (unifiber??) mast would help giving control in all winds (I also sailed a flextop mast for a long time in my gaastra vapors it worked very good). The bottom battens were a bit to shore to really tension them good. Last but not least adding a tackstrap would be usefull.

The quality of the sail was outstanding, also the lighter materials are nice, eventhough the 75% mast is not able to give these light materials an added value. If you are a recreational windsurfer, speed between 45 and 65km/h this Grandprix sailrange would be a good value for money solution, especially on longer term (lets say you would like to sail more than 1 season).

For real speedsurfing performance I don't believe it will be easy to make the Grandprix as competitive as a Neilpryde RS:Slalom MK3. It is hard to equal the MK3 in performance.

Other gear used for this test: Fanatic Falcon 91, Sonntag GPS_3 340

01 January 2010

Learn Speedsurfing Online

Speedsurfingblog offers a few guides (in the How To menu). These guides are written to learn a few things about speedsurfing. One of the www.Speedsurfingblog.com goals is to put all information together in a useable package for beginners but also some stuff for pro speedsurfers.

Learning speedsurfing online is not only practical lessons about how to rig or stand on the board. GPS-Speedsurfing.com is a good source for information. Try to find out what brands suits your style best, after this I would suggest to check out GPS-speedsurfing.com for the right sizes (should you take the 100 or the 112 liter board, which one is faster??) Lots of sponsored riders show what combination work out great, making it easier for you to choose the right equipment! Goldmembership is highly recommended, this actually can safe a lot of experimenting/money.

To start I would advice these Guides:
  1. How To: Start Speedsurfing
  2. How To: Do Basic Tuning
  3. How To: Break 30kn

When you would like to buy (new or used) gear for speedsurfing I advice this article:

Equipment Overview

We have many brands producing gear suitable for speedsurfing. My advice would be go with the brands you feel best, find something that suits your style. Not everything works the same for everyone, keep this in mind.

Used gear can be very good, or totally not. There is no windsurfing gear that lasts forever, keep this in mind before making a big investment!!!

Speedboards
Starboard Isonic Speed Special W44/W49/W53/W58
Tabou Manta Speed 49
Carbon Art Speed 40/44/47/50/53
Fanatic Falcon Speed
F2 Missile XS/S
JP Speed 45/49/54
Thommen SR
AHD SL1 68/80
Exocet Warp SL50


Sails For Speed
Severne Reflex
Neilpryde RS:Racing Evo2
Gaastra Vapor
Loft Sails Blade
North Sails Warp F2010
KA Koncept
Maui Sails TR-6
Gun Sails Mega XS
Point-7 AC-1
Simmer SCR
Severne Overdrive
Neilpryde RS:Slalom MK3
North Sails Ram F10


Fins for Speed
Sonntag Fins GPS_2
Sonntag Fins SL-S
Select Caspar Speed
Select S07
Caspar Speed (contact me for more info)
Tectonics Talon
Tectonics Falcon F1
C3 Venom
C3 Strike
C3 Sting
Deboichet Upwind
Black Diamond Fins
KA Lockwood fins
Choco Mach2
Choco Fireblade

About Speedsurfingblog

Started begin 2008 www.speedsurfingblog.com. The reason to start speedsurfingblog was from start to promote windsurfing and speedsurfing by quality articles. To start I blogged mainly about my own findings. Later I started to interview some important people in the speedsurfing world. In 2010 I decided to offer even more information and made a menu with plenty of information for non-windsurfers till pro-windsurfers.

The site is non-profit and thanks to a large amount of returning visitors, we are able to get more worldwide attention for this beautiful sport.

Some feedback from other windsurfing sites:
Windsurfing44.com:  "le blog d'Erik Loots : Toujours de super articles (en anglais) orientés"
Dailybits.be:  "Erik is al enkele jaren goed bezig met zijn blog www.speedsurfingblog.com en laat zien dat je het speedsurfen technisch dient te bekijken om de grote stap voorwaarts te maken."
Beach Telegraph: 


"Feel the Need"




Windsurfing.nl:"Populaire links  

Eric's Speedsurfing Blog"


Social media
(5 minutes of your time) Would you like to help? (1) Click on the article title (2) Link articles with 1 of the big icons below the articles (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) . This way speed(wind)surfing articles will show up inbetween other sports, share our sport worldwide!!

Join speedsurfingblog facebook fanpage!!!

Read more about the effect of social media (which shouldn't be underestimated!)

Goals for 2010

This year I thought my goals should be fun to achieve, just to prevent frustrations (waiting for the perfect day).

Totally not catagorized my goals:

  • Keep on blogging
  • Try to improve Speedsurfingblog quality
  • Search Engine Optimalisation of speedsurfingblog
  • Try to make a speedsurfing lifestyle video (need a lot of help with this one). 
  • Do at least 1 speedsurfing photoshoot, I need much more pictures. so far I have done 1 photoshoot which was ssooo much fun :)
  • Dare to invest in a recordsession
  • Setup a GPS teamchallenge  team
  • Research and Development for Sonntag fins, try to make new fins work like a dream
  • Break my hour-record BIGTIME
  • Improve 5x 10seconds average, I think to need a few shots to achieve this. Let it be windy! 
  • Surf at new places/events
  • Get some more 1th places in the gps-speedsurfing ranking
Compared to my 2009 goals you could conclude WAY less numbers in my goals. This because I believe having fun is most important in life, but also to be a good speedsurfer. Also numbers are just numbers, I don't have special feelings with numbers. The numbers are just  means to achieve a goal, not something to aim for. 

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.

Steps
  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

How To: Break 30kn

This article is written for starting speedsurfers, the first nice goal would be to reach 30kn (= 55km/h) on your GPS. 30kn Is some kind of barrier, skilled speedsurfers can reach 30kn quite fast. But how to do it?

What do we need?
Normal windsurfgear is OK, just don't rig way to big or small. With freeride gear 30kn is possible but you need some more wind. I would advice to reach 30kn boardspeed in 20kn wind. Look to the How To: Do Basic Tuning to get a fast setup for all conditions.

Steps
  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.
Good Luck and please respond when you succeeded

Partners & Sponsors: headeditor

Kater Funsports BV
The shop that has sponsored me since the beginning. This partnership has been very important since Kater helped me a lot. Always a good place to share some thoughts about the future or tough decisions.

Starboard
Starboard is my first boardsponsor ever, my dream was always to ride one day for starboard, since I owned an hypersonic 105. The Isonic speedspecial W44, W54 and iSonic 86, 111, 107 already broke all my records within 6 months!



Severne Sails
The severne reflex is a great sail for speedsurfing, together with starboard this was a dream deal. All sailsizes are favorite and did over 40kn from 7.0 till 5.6. The Severne Reflex in a few words: very responsive, neutral feeling, hook-in and win

Sonntag Fins
Carbon fins finetuned for the customer. Since 2009 I am helping with development for the fins, by using my large amount of my  time on water. Always working getting the most competitive fins of the world.



Sportzeker
Here you can insure your windsurfing gear, for a good price. After some very good experiences myself I spoke the owner and we concluded we could help each other.

How To: Find The Right Combination

With many producers nowadays it is not guarantied everything works together like we would like. Ofcourse when spending something between 1.500,- and 10.000,- euros it should be good and competitive!

Trends
In 2010 I see a lot of trends comming back at different brands, I think you can change boards easily and still have a good gear combination. Sails are much harder, since I haven't tried most of the 2010 sails I can't tell much, but the designs are sometimes far apart. I think Neilpryde matches everything quite good, also Starboard matches all sails quite good. The Severne Reflex 2010 also feels like a sail that can be tuned around for different boards/styles.

Group
It doesn't go really wrong when you use boards/sails out of the same group. Starboard/Severne, ,Tabou/Gaastra, JP/Neilpryde, Naish/Naish, Fanatic/North.

Smaller brands
But there are also some brands like Carbon Art, Maui Sails, Mistral, RRD, etc. How to match these is harder, I would advice just to contact people using them. For the Carbon Art Speedboards I can tell these work with almost any sail ;).

Fins
Some boards are very forgiving and support the fins good, while other boards have high demands and need a good board. Often small boards are forgiving and good big boards have high demands. I think many producers offer different fins for different needs, with Sonntag Fins the fin will be specially finetuned for you needs (style/weight/board/sail), but the production Select S07 also does a great job.

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How To: Let The Gear Fly

This is for advanced speedsurfers only, willing to take a bit risk. How to let the gear fly is about searching the edge, please take safety in mind and read the How To: Prevent Damage chapter. This is not about the tuning, please look at How To: Do Basic Tuning and How To: Get More Control for more tuning info.

Soo, your are ready to search the edge?? Lets start :)

What do we need?
To let speedsurfing gear fly you need wind, I really take of at about 26-28kn wind. Flat water is handy but choppy water also works as some demonstrated. Gear should be suitable for the conditions:
Dead flat water (crosswind/tight angle)==> small speedboard
Dead flat water (deep downwind)==> medium speedboard
Normal open water==> small slalomboard

Also a fullrace sail is recommended, stability is king when it comes to speed, any bump, draft movement influences speed. The great thing is we have nowadays racesails which open up in gusts while having almost none draft movement.


Steps:
  1. First you need to think your path on the course, it should be crosswind at max speed and than in a curve to the downwind course.
  2. Start at least 150m before you enter the course, this to get good in straps/harnass etc. It is all about confidence.
  3. Go max speed on crosswind, just before you start turning grap the boom further back with your backhand. 
  4. Start turning, now the game starts, try to feel the windpressure build up in the sail. At one point pull down with your harnass, when you master this you can hang most of your weight into the harnass even through windgaps. This moment of pulling with the harnass is very dynamical, so has to be learned by the rider with trail&error.
Tips:
  • Keep your front arm and front leg long, this gives more direct power 
  • If you see a windgap comming try to get your body a bit forward
  • If you see a windgust comming slowly move your body back in the windgust 

How To: Get More Control

Getting more control is sometimes hard, after lots of research we found solutions. The first step in getting more control, or getting control back is to analyse!!!  We assume you would use normal sized gear for the conditions, if you are looking outside the box (extreme big/small) it sometimes doesn't work out.

Check out what causes the lack of control:
  1. Board to flat, bumpy ride it feels like the board hits every wave up front. Occurs mostly on deep downwind courses, sometimes it also causes spinouts on deep-downwind.
  2. Unstable boardangle, tailwalks. Occurs mostly on crosswind or tight downwind courses
  3. Tail to loose causing spin-out. Occurs mostly in lowwind at any speed at crosswind-downwind courses.

Board to flat (solution)
When the board rides to flat it is especially on lower speed much more harder to get the gear in control AND to go fast (because board and saildrag increase dramatically). The solution is often found by pulling a few more cm downhaul through the cleat. After this the sail will lift you higher out of the water, which makes you touch less waves. Sometimes the harnasslines have to be placed a little bit more to the back. 

The 2nd solution for this problem could be making your harnasslines a bit shorter. Speedsurfingblog advices only step 1 first. 

All other settings should be near the Basic Tuning Setup

Unstable Boardangle (solution)
When the boardangle is unstable the gear is often fast, potential. Problem is you are just over the edge. The solution is often found by releasing a few cm downhaul through the cleat. After this the sail will get less vertical lift, or "more downforce" is term sometimes used, this force helps the board getting more stable. Sometimes the harnasslines have to be placed a little bit more to the front. 

The second solution for this problem is putting the mastfoot a bit forward. Steps of 0.5cm adviced

All other settings should be near the Basic Tuning Setup

Tail to Loose
This one is mostly happening to beginning speedsurfers, while professional speedsurfers constantly try to push the tail as high as possible to decrease drag. The easiest solution seems to be to buy a fin with great horizontal lift potential, like the Select S07. 

If your have a "tail to loose" problem with Select S07 of Caspar Speed we advice to take a look at the Basic Tuning Setup. One suggestion beside the basic tuning setup is a bit more downhaul.

But changing FINS to another high lift (but much more draggy) fin is not the only solution. Being able to learn the fins behaviour is sometimes needed (in special speedfin cases), this is the reason why speedsurfingblog advices to take the safe route and buy an easy fin.

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Main Project: Promote Windsurfing and Speedsurfing
www.Speedsurfingblog.com has one main goal, promote windsurfing and speedsurfing by quality articles. The site is non-profit and thanks to a large amount of returning visitors, we are able to get more worldwide attention for this beautiful sport. This project is focussed to get worldwide attention for our sport, this is actually very hard. But we keep doing our best ;).  Also check the Media Project

Project Speedsurfing Guides
By documenting lots of findings we will publish guides for speedsurfing. By publishing this information we aim to get speedsurfing more interesting and give the right direction to grow to the speedsurfingblog reader. The goal is to have guides for starters till proriders.

Project Pro-Speedsurfing
The goal for pro-speedsurfing is simple, making speedsurfing as broad as possible. By interviewing upcomming or talented speedsurfers/ constructors/ brands. We try to contribute to make speedsurfing for every brand / sponsor / speedsurfer worth all the energy put in. Not only one brand, one hero policy. Speedsurfing is exciting and lively, not a sport that has stopped and is stuck at one point.

Project Speedsurfing & Travel
This is the latest project, to forfill the wishes of the dedicated speedsurfers. It is the goal to search and put all experience together and get a clear vision what spots YOU HAVE TO VISIT when you are a speedsurfers. With clear information about wind/conditions/costs/etc. On later stage it is the goal to search for new places.

Site Statistics

The site statistics from www.speedsurfingblog.com, analysed with Google Analytics. These are the raw stats, which may be used for good cause ;).

Stats in graphs



General Stats
period 2010/05/01 till 2010/05/31
4638 Visits
16771 Pageviews
3,62 Pages/Visit
8% Bouncepercentage
2:02 AVG time on site
35.77% New Visitors

Speedsurfingblog visited from 75 different countries, hereby top10:
period 2010/05/01 till 2010/05/31
32.79% Netherlands
9.31% Germany
8.21% France
5.39% Australia
5.35% Belgium
4.59% United States
3.92% Sweden
3.82% United Kingdom
2.91% Italy
2.54% Poland

Trafic
period 2010/05/01 till 2010/05/31
10.26% Direct
41.87% Referring Sites
37.39% Search Engines

Top 5 Referring Sites:
37.13% Facebook.com
12.26% Windsurfing.nl
10.04% Windsurfingmag.com
5.20% forum.windsurfing.nl
4.07% Continentseven.com

Top 5 Search Words (total 1113 different search words)
4.27% ---
2.65% Fanatic Falcon 102
2.42% Sonntag Fins
1.56% Speedsurfing blog
1.33% Speedsurfing

Visitors loyalty, 45% visited speedsurfingblog at least 10 times
94 Outgoing clicks to sponsors

How To: Setup your GPS

This article is about the settings for the Navi GT-31, a GPS that is developed for speedsurfing. The older Navi GT-11 settings can be found here. The Garmin Geko/Foretrex setup devices are not available at www.speedsurfingblog.com

General Info:
The Navi devices has to be used with an aquapack, box-it or other waterproof case. Also for reading the GPS-file you a SD-Card + SD-Card reader for your computer. Not all SD-cards are compatible, the SanDisk 2.0GB works good.

These Firmware versions are legal for GPS-Speedsurfing: Navi GT-31 with firmware versions V1.2 (B1405a), V1.3 (B1123T) or version 1.4 (B0315T). Download here.

Alerts:
The GT-31 can let you know by beeping what speed you have done. For this you need a new firmware version!?! To use this feature go to menu ALERT, and put BUZZER ON.

OVER SPEED mean the GPS will beep every second when you go faster than this speed. ALITITUDE and TARGET are no needed. SPEED GENIE is the function the GPS will tell in morse code the speed you have done. Important is a good speed genie setting in menu Setup (see below). With speedgenie to slow the upwind speed will count, to fast and speedgenie will not be activated.

Settings:
The settings can effect the speedresults, also the GPS has a back-up which should be ON. Check if the settings are OK in these menu:

MEMORY CARD:
LOG SWITCH: ON-FIX
MIN SPEED: 5KMH or 3KN
NMEA ITEMS: SBN 1SEC
FILE SIZE: CARD SIZE

DATA LOGGER:
INTERVAL: 1SEC
MIN SPEED: 5KMH or 3KN

SETTINGS:
UNIT: METRE or NM (whatever you use)
POWER MODE: NORMAL
USERNAME:  your name
SPEED AVG TIME: 10sec or 25sec for fast 500m runs (60sec doesn't work properly)
SPEED GENIE: (just above your upwind speed) in my case 55 KMH
HOLD KEY: KEY LOCK
VERSION: check if your version is legal

Media Project

The media project is a part of the main speedsurfingblog project "promote windsurfing and speedsurfing.

Project Speedsurfing & Travel

This project is planned to go public 08/2010, after there is enough information found to make some quality articles.

Styles & Techniques

Windsurfing is very dynamic, speedsurfing is very dynamic. Different speedsurfers believe in different solutions, in competitions the speed can be within 0.1kn difference over 500m between 2 speedsurfers while the style is totally different. We have searched a lot information together to get an overview with styles. These styles below are very basic, some speedsurfers manage to combine 2 or 3 styles.

Lean Back style
The lean back style is mostly applied by speedsurfers that go often deep downwind. It comes a bit natural since deep downwind the nose is board tends to stick, so by leaning back it gets loose again.

Lean Forward style
The lean forward style is often applied by slalomsurfer that do speed now and than. It is potentially very fast but you need a powerful fin like the Select S07 to get enough stability.

High mastfootpressure style
Higher the mastfootpressure results in a tail which is more loose. This is what many speedsurfers search for, still not all fast speedsurfers use this technique. One big disadvantage is this technique is very heavy physical. Lightweight speedsurfers often don't like this technique, these speedsurfers compensate the deeper tail with a bit smaller fin

Low mastfootpressure style
Often found by lightweight and medium weight speedsurfers, it works when the sail got enough pull (for your weight). So don't rig to small sail, the fin can be sailed smaller with low mastfootpressure.

Overpowered style
The overpowered style is easier for advanced speedsurfers or proriders, because there is more space to make a small mistake (you have plenty of power left). For beginning speedsurfers the overpowered style will definity block high speed, since in the beginning it is about getting comftable with the speed.

Speedsurfing Disciplines

Speedsurfing is not always the same, we made an overview of the disciplines in speedsurfing. Many speedsurfers specialise in 1 or 2 disciplines.

Open Water Speed
I guess this is the most common discipline worldwide, just going on open water with your GPS, often not very deep downwind caused by chop/waves. Boardspeed is inbetween 25kn-35kn, sometimes we even see speeds up to 40kn. Best to suit these conditions would be a slalomboard.


Offshore Speed
This is the most popular one to break personal records, when the wind is 110-125 degrees offshore it is perfect and often stays flat (even in 40kn wind). GPS is used often, but for official records videotiming is also still being used. With offshore speed the speedrecords have been sailed, up to 50kn+ peaks.