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Sailed the same set as yesterday: JP FSW 102 with Goya Banzai 6.0 and MFC 29cm Improved the trim for better upwind. It was almost a repeat of yesterday, wind a little less, waves just a little nicer. Less jumping, but more back-side waveriding. It was sometimes possible to get 2 to 3 hits on 1 wave. Sailed until the 6.0 with minimum trim was again too small to be able to plane properly. Seen a seal, very close to the beach. Less sun, so colder, wind was quite good, nice sailing. When are we going to get SW wind again? [Read...]

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Wind forecasted for early evening. Sailed with the JP FSW 102 with Goya Banzai 6.0 and MFC 29cm Fairly flat water. Beyond the measuring pole, the water became a bit more restless, but not as bad as last week. Here you could sometimes find nice steep waves for some waveriding. It was dry, sometimes a bit of sun, cold, but didn't need gloves, even sailed a bit without the cap. Later, with the sun dropping, it got a bit colder. [Read...]

N to NNE 16 to 21 knots predicted. Sailed with the iSonic 101 and E-Type 6.6. Started with the SL-X 34cm, later switched to the Busca. As always, tricky chop/waves at Perry's, especially beyond the measuring pole, and with the iSonic only more difficult. Really had to get used to the circumstances. Clear blue sky, good wind. Fortunately, no high shore break today, so easy in and out of the water, that's not always the case at Perry's. I was able to save a Belgian surfer his session by borrowing a fin. [Read...]

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For today strong winds predicted, SW, should be a beautiful day at sea. Good time to test the Tri-Wave 89, along with the Banzai 4.2. Started with MFC 19/12cm fins. Board sailed a lot better than last time, other fins, different footstraps. A lot of waveriding, a bit of jumping. Wind became stronger and more gusty. Water chaotic during incoming tide. Tried some other fins: MFC 19/10cm, which seemed to give more control, although the wind also seemed to have decreased and sea more calm. It was cold, unfortunately no sun. Wind was strong an very gusty. [Read...]

In 2019 North Sails windsurfing changed its name to Duotone. As a fan of North Sails, I didn't like it. North Sails is coming back now. Pieter Bijl has been spotted prototypes for a while now, now there are official photos. They are based on the 3Di technique. These should be lighter and more durable [Read...]

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Forecast was max 8 degrees in the afternoon and WNW, so perfect for the Grevelingendam. Jurjen was sailing with 5.3, so took the Banzai 4.7. Good opportunity to try my own Goya One 3 Pro 95. Used the original 21/11cm fins. Nice board, enough volume, jumps easy, only in the air I notice that I have to get used to it. It was cold, but with the sun it was ok. Unfortunately not the perfect wind direction, but nice sailing. Very happy with the One 95. [Read...]

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After yesterdays storm, today WNW 5 bft, perfect conditions for Grevelingendam, no sun and therefore slightly colder. Sailed the FSW 102 with Banzai 6.0, had to use the AL360 180-230 boom. Started with minimum trim. Slowly the wind increased. Increased the trim, took a smaller vin, that helped. Later changed to the lower outhaul. Trim range of the Banzai is really huge. It was fun, a little cruising. Nice to have sailed on the Grevelingendam again. [Read...]

Again a lot of wind, with Jeroen went to Kabbelaarsbank, where Jurjen later also joined. Sailed AHD with 3.7 and Wave Warrior 22cm again. Wind was strong, especially in the gusts sometimes spicy. Lovely jumping in the low steep waves. Gybing went clearly better than Thursday. Sailed until I started bobbing/sinking too often with the AHD, not a good idea: time to stop. It was lovely, not too gusty, lots of sun, but colder than Thursday. [Read...]

Forecast was 9 bft in the morning it turned out that the wind in the afternoon would be less extreme. Water looked like there was a storm, foam flying through the air: AHD with Banzai X 3.7. It was still high tide, so big shore break. I was far too tense at first. After a break, things got better. Sailed until I stood still too often, with the extra Corona kilos the AHD sank even faster, so wise moment to stop. I was pretty tired, too. It was a great afternoon. Lots of sun, wind a little extreme. Bit rusty. [Read...]

Sailed together with Jeroen at Kabbelaarsbank. I sailed with the iSonic 101 and E-Type 6.6. Wind was mainly at the other side of the lake, so sailed on other side most of the time. A lot of seals seen just about every rakje there was a head above water somewhere. I have seen a lot of Seals today, almost every run I could see a head above water somewhere. Sailed until the sun was almost gone and the temperature dropped rapidly. It wasn't very long, wind certainly wasn't ideal, but it was nice to have been back on the water. Lots of sun, 10 degrees when I started. [Read...]

Southwest 16 to 24 knots wind predicted, unfortunately the wind turned out SSO. Sailed with the iSonic 117 with S-Type SL 7.3 and SL-X 41cm Getting away from the shore was a bit tricky, wind was directly on-shore. Sail turned out to be a bit too big in the gusts. So increased the time to past max, that helped. In the channel, and especially in front of the cottage park, as often, the water was chaotic, waves from 2 sides, very difficult and heavy to sail through. Jibes usually went well, but not always planing. Sailed until was about to rain. It was, good, but it was heavy. [Read...]

Prediction: SW 18 to 28 knots, unfortunately it turned out to be SSW. Good moment to try my new Fanatic Tri-Wave 89, with 5.3 Banzai. Near the beach no wind, further from the beach enough wind to get planing with some pumps. No waves for waveriding, but few small waves to chop-hop. Wind was minimal, bigger set would be better: switch to the FSW 102. Stayed far away from the beach because the wind there was clearly a lot better further out. In retrospect, the 6.0 would have been better, but still had a good session. Was first time the weather was really cold. [Read...]

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All weekend wind, all weekend S to even SSE. Not the best direction, Saturday 15 to 20 knots, Sunday 25 to 40 knots. Saturday dry and chance of sun. Sailed with the iSonic 117 with S-Type SL 7.3 and SL-X 41cm. It was bobbing and planning, wind quite gusty, maybe the 7.3 too small. A couple of pumps and I could get planing most of the times. Practiced a lot on tacking. Went really really well, 9 out of 10 attempts went well. Wind was SSE, so yes, gusty, but it was not cold, dry and often some sun. Lovely sailing. Impressed by the SL-X 41cm. [Read...]

Forecast had already diminished a bit in the morning. On arrival, it didn't seem as extreme either. Rigged the Banzai 4.2, sailed with the AHD 253 and the JFSW 84. Reasonable waves to jump and wave to ride. In terms of wind a repeat of yesterday, with the 4.2 clearly a better choice. Wind was eventually directly onshore and that with a nearly 1 meter shore break it was a bit tricky to get out. Which of course some surfers didn't see or know were thrown back on the beach by the waves. [Read...]

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Winds would turn from south to southwest around 1 to 2 and increase. Started with the JP FSW 84 and 4.7, wrong choice, too small. Slugging back to the beach and walk of shame back over the beach. Took the FSW 102, wind came back quickly. Took the FSW 84 again. Until the wind was really too hard: 3.7 on the FSW 84. Not the right choice, back to 4.7. Was quite entertaining, but definitely not my best day. I always seemed to be just wrong about it in terms of material choice. [Read...]

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Wind again too south for the best winds. Sailed with Jeroen and Jurjen at Kabbelaarsbank. Doubted for a long while what to rig, eventually choose the iSonic 117 with S-Type SL 7.3. Wind was south, so gusty. 7.3 wasn't bad, in the gusts I could easily plane with the 7.3. In the wind holes Jurjen also stood still with 9.3, so the 8.3 might have helped a bit, but certainly not everything. Was especially nice cruising. With 11 to 12 degrees and no sun a little chilly. [Read...]

Wind again to south, no rain, went to Blokkendam together with Jurjen. Sailed with the FreestyleWave 102 and Banzai 5.3. Water was pretty flat, only occasionally a low steep wave. That was a lot of fun jumping. Hardly any waves for waveriding. Very impressed with the 5.3 in minimum trim. Today somewhere in the middle between the sandbar and the beach, I fell into the water, I could stand there: 1.5 meters deep during low tide: bizarre. Sailed until the wind was gone. Nice day, not really a wave day, more freeride, but dry and not cold, and wind not too gusty. [Read...]

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In the afternoon wind, in the morning rain, so was at the dam around 13:30. Sailed with the FSW 84 and Banzai 4.2 with different fins. Today rigged the 4.2 on the CAAS mast. Wind came straight from the south, as always not the best wind for the Blokkendam, going out sometimes nice waves to jump and to inside some waves for nice back-wind wave riding. Wind turned slowly to SW, jumping was often good over both directions. Sailed until I was completely done. Great afternoon, lovely sailing. Pretty good conditions, warm, only the wind direction was not perfect and therefore gusty. [Read...]

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Sailed with Martijn and Jeroen at Kabbelaarsbank. Sailed with JP FreestyleWave 102 with Banzai 6.0. Nice freemove session, bit of jumping, lang runs to the other side of the lake. Wind was turning a lot, it was gusty. It was especially pleasant to sail with some friends again. [Read...]

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