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Cold Weekend, RegioCup zuid cancelled, some free sailing. iSonic 127 with Warp 9.0 and Z-Fins 46 S--: lots of lift. Then used the Boss 49cm, more familiar. Stance on the board not good. Only in gusts enough to plane. At the end of the afternoon more sun, warmer and wind slightly better. [Read...]

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RegioCup half April cancelled due to cold weather. All weekend NE Wind predicted, awhich is always cold. But with only 6 to 8 degrees maximum predicted: too cold. The organization will not have liked it, last year the wind did not come true all yeare, now the first race of 2019 must be canceledd, but it is a sensible decision. I'm might go for freesailing at the end of the afternoon. [Read...]

Red Bull has put the recap of the most brutal Storm Chase online. They have really gone to extremes this time: Even Philip Köster has found his limit. [Read...]

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Took a trip via Battenoord, to see the Flamingoos with his own eyes. Wind was bit too West, so at the roundabout the wind was less than on the water. Started with JP 102 and Ice 5.3 with MFC 29cm, more volume for safety. Wind was strong for the Ice 5.3, switched to the JP 84. Later riggerd the Ice 4.7, but that was a bit too late, wind started to drop. Sailed a lot together with Jurjen. It was lovely weather, nice sunshine. [Read...]

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Prediction was 30+ knots, that's already a lot, but it ended up being 40 knots. While rigging, a gust blow my 3.7 right out of my hands. Sailed all of the afternoon with the JP Single Thruster Pro 75 and Voodoo 3.7. Tried Different fin combinations. Wind was too strong for real good surfing. Anything above the 40 knots is more survival than surfing. Between 30 and 40 knots is pretty good to sail. [Read...]


It was a go: the Red Bull Storm Chase. This time in Ireland. Wind Force 10, insane high waves and the best and most radical wave surfers of the moment, gusts up to 130 km/h. That means: very impressibve images. [Read...]

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After 2 weeks calm and for February very warm weather, change in weather: Wind. I could have an afternoon off from work. Started with the JP FSW 102 with Ice 5.3 and MFC FreeWave 29cm. 5.3 a bit big, switch to the FSW 84. Later rigged the Ice 4.7. That was great, much more wind than expected. I'd should have started with the 4.7, although sometimes the 4.2 would not have been a bad choose either. [Read...]

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Nico Prien also has a very useful vlog about sail trim. Good summary of the main trim points of the sail. Also interesting for non competition surfers. [Read...]

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Nico Prien is one of the young PWA surfers. He often makes fun and instructive vlogs. Especially his technical vlogs are instructive. This one is about board trim. [Read...]

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Very nice movie fromthe TWS Slalom training. Pierre Mortefon took a 360 camera and gives use a 360 view of how it is to do a full-on slalom heat. [Read...]

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Prediction for stormy winds! 30 to 50 knots with a lot of rain. Used JP Single Thruster Pro 3.7 75 with Voodoo, MFC K2 22 cm + K4 Shark 7 cm. In the hardest gusts, sail was just too big. But overall perfect. Sailed untill I was getting tired. Last hour I was almost alone on the water. Nice afternoon. Certainly not cold. Always love a stormy day. [Read...]

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2nd weekend of the year, 2nd time surfing, year starts well. Wind WSW NNE, so Kabbelaarsbank. Started with the iSonic 117 with Daytona 7.3 and Z-Fins 42cm. Later switched to the JP FSW 102 with Duke 5.9 and MFC 29cm. Almost sailed into a seal. Was a fun day full out slalom, and some freeride. The seal and I have been very lucky. [Read...]


We had a new years drink with friends at Kabbelaarsbank, I had taken the windsurf gear. Used: iSonic 127 with Warp 8.0, Wind was not very strong, so outhaul completely loose. With 7 degrees It was cold, but the sun made it nice. Didn't have to wear the cap and gloves all the time. Nice start of a new season. [Read...]


On Saturday and into the night heavy storm, windforce 7 / 8. On Sunday rain had stopped, wind dropped to wind force 6. Nice moment to go surfing. Started with the JP FSW 102 and Ice 5.3, unfortunately the wind had dropped. Took the iSonic 101 with Crossride 6.6, Wind was back, so took the Ice 5.3 again. Was good, was not very cold, lots of sun to warm the wetsuit. Unfortunately, relatively flat water. Very happy with this winter session. [Read...]


Once again full on with the Daytona, together with Jurjen, see who is fastest: Me! Used iSonic 117 with Daytona 7.3 and Z-Fins 42cm. Was a long good session. A lot of kilometers made, good training. Certainly not cold yet. [Read...]


East wind, never my favorite, had worked a bit too hard last week, so went to clear my head, some cold fresh air might help. Good wind at the Grevelingendam. Used the iSonic 117 with Warp 8.0. Nice sailing today, certainly not cold. Took it nice and relaxed today. Unfortunately wind dropped too early, I had wanted to continue a bit longer. [Read...]


For the first time since my accident back on sea. Wind was much more South than I had hoped. Unfortunately, the wind was not with us. Used JP FSW 102 with Duke 5.9. Nice to get back on the sea. Unfortunately, the wind direction to South and took the wind. [Read...]


First day after the summer time ended: tempetaure dropped to 8 degrees, NE wind. Wind was good at the Grevelingendam. iSonic 101 with Crossride 6.6 with SL-X 36 and S10 37cm. Was nice to get a fresh head after a night partying. For a NE wind, it was nicely constant. [Read...]

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Finally a good prediction, WNW is perfect for the Grevelingendam. Used teh JP FSW 102 with Duke 5.9, In the begin hard gusts, later wind dropped of. Good afternoon, good to be sailing at the Grevelingendam again. [Read...]