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15 September 2011

Big winds in Europe: GPS Top 10 2011 little bit rearranged

This week many european speedspots got really good wind, the result are some sick speeds and some changes in the GP3S Yearranking.

New in the Top 10 are two german riders, Thomas Döblin (44.57knots) and for the first time ever in the Top 10 Alexander Lehman (44.54knots). Thomas should get the national record with this session. They sailed at Vollerwiek, a spot which is only usable a very few times, but if it is, it is obviously super fast!

Both "The Brace" and "Da Curve" in the Netherlands got epic conditions. There was so much wind that only a very few people could handle the conditions. It looks like Hans Kreisel sets a new national record at "The Brace" as well and he improved his personal record to 45.74knots. Jurjen van der Noord "battled" with Hans for the national record and scored an 44.16knots average himself. But unfortunately he dropped out of the Top 10.

The level in GPS speedsurfing is really high at the moment. Not only Jurjen is out of the Top 10 with such great results. West Kirby got some winds this week as well, but even the fastest man there Farrell O'Shea missed the Top 10 with 44.10knots.

Jurjen was wearing a GoPro while surfing at the Brace and here you can see the action:

Another nice video was taken by the belgian rider Benjamin Verdin, it gives an impression how hard the conditions were.

08 September 2011

Windexperience 2011

Longtime no see blogger (I even pushed the wrong button to publish 2 days ago), but I am not gone, speedsurfingblog is not gone (thanks Patrick!). I still have my favorite slalom board alltime the iSonic 107, and it gives me great pleasure everytime I use it. Its like a good old friend that you know 100% and trust at all times even when conditions are crazy. When I went windsurfing last couple of times it was sooo great, I mean the time with friends and the water thats what I miss.

If you are interested this weekend I will be at the windexperience, check HERE for location. Its an event with some of brands I sail plus many others. Maybe a speeddemo, I am there all day for you and all kind of speedsurfing questions. Please come to the LutjeBeach if you have some questions or want to test new boards...

I heard this rumor of the starboard iSonic 107 (2012) being present at the windexperience.

Also pleaaase, we don't like a rainy event, 2 days standing in the rain is no fun (unless its 20kn wind or much more). Predictions look OK right now, but we windsurfers know better...

07 September 2011

Fanatic Falcon Speed and Widebase-Fins

Yesterday should be a big day with really strong winds in the Netherlands. I decided to go to Strand Horst for a nice Speedsession. The wind was much lighter than expected but it was nice to do the first session with the Tectonics Nomad 23cm.

I'm using the Fanatic Falcon Speed (the old one, introduced in 2006) for the second year now.
At the beginning I've used the 25cm Select Caspar Speed like many other do/did. To be honest, this combination is super on pure flatwater but as soon as the water gets a bit choppy I have problems. The board doesn't feel really balanced and I have lot's of spinouts. For sure the reason is my sailing style, because other people are going really fast with the combination in the same conditions, but for me it doesn't work.
My second try was a 26cm Choco Fins Mach 1. I like these fins a lot under my Tabou Manta 54 and although in combination with the Falcon Speed it suits me. I don't know if it is because the Mach 1 is G10 and the Select Caspar Speed Carbon Prepreg. In any case, I have more control in the chop with the Mach 1, which results in faster runs. A slightly negative aspect is a bit bumby feeling while going deep downwind.
Some weeks ago I had the option to buy a Tectonics Nomad 23cm. I heard the fins should be super safe and fast, sounds like exact the fin I need and of course it would be interesting how the modern concept of a widebase fin works in combination with the relative old shape of the Falcon Speed. What should I say, in my opinion the behaviour of the board completly changed with this fin. The board feels balanced and gives lots of confidence in every situation. I had one good gust and went deep downwind, the board accelerated perfect. I felt more like gliding over ice than flying over the water, great. The result was my first Speed over 40knots in definitely not perfect conditions!

Sorry for the lack of updates the last couple of weeks, I try to publish more regular in the future.