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Good wind: SW and some showers predicted, wind was good, but all afternoon rain, from drizzle to real rain. All afternoon use the Ice 5.3. Sailed both the JP Freestylewave 102 and the SingleThruster 99, the latter both with and without thrusters. Great sailing. Ice 5.3 was top today. Was not so warm. [Read...]

Wind would increase in the afternoon. In the morning a lot of showers. iSonic 101 with Crossride 6.6 and SLX 36cm Waves/Chop were tricky, quickly grabbed the Busca 34cm, lot better. Until the wind increased further, took my Single Thruster 99 with Duke 5.9 and Select 21/12cm. Better, but few good waves to jump or wave ride. Was nice, but is a tricky spot. Saw a seal. [Read...]

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Good prediction, from noon the wind would increase to 25 knots. Started with the Ice 5.3: testing between the FreestyleWave 102 and SingleThruster 99. Sailed the SingleThruster 99 for the first time without thrusters: works very well. Wind increased, time for the Ice 4.7, so no more testing with the 100L boards, but delicious with the FSWF 84, used the K4 Rockets (18/12) under it. Looking for waves to jump and wave. Was a really lovely afternoon, very good wind, unfortunately no sun. [Read...]

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Good wind predicted, but a wind dip around 12:00, so some late to Zeeland. On arrival everyone was on the shore, no wind. Rigged​ the iSonic 127 with Warp 9.0. Wind was sometimes almost gone, sometimes very hard. In The harder wind used the iSonic 101 with Crossride 6.6. Was a tricky day, wind ranged from around 10-14 knots to 18-22 knots. [Read...]

Away with friends for the weekend, but storm in the Netherlands. Then you want to go surfing anyway. So to nearest spot: the Kraaijenbergse Plassen. Used the iSonic 101 with Crossride 6.6 and SL-X 36cm. Wind was, as expected on an inland lake: on/off. So often floating, but also often planing. Difficult conditions, but still nice session. [Read...]

17 A 20 knots predicted, took the afternoon off. Went to the Kabbelaarsbank. Used the iSonic 101 with Crossride 6.6 with SL-X 36cm and Busca 34cm fins. Wind was extremely gusty and turned a lot. In the stronger wind, the 6.6 was just not too big, and could almost always plane. That Busca is great. It was crowded on the water, so had to pay close attention. Lovely afternoon, wonderfully warm, tricky wind. [Read...]

After more than 15 years of sailing with DaKine Core Contour footstraps, one is broken, one that I bought used. I have many sets, but this is the only one with cracks. Also the other 2 of the set are still have no signs of cracks. [Read...]

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Good wind predicted: 20 to 25 knots, so of to Zeeland. Used the Ice 5.3 al day. Sailed a lot on the JP Single Thruster 99 Pro, tested with different fins. Also used the FreestyleWave 102 to compare. Sail was often a bit big. Weather was delicious, nice and warm and the sun showed itself. Today, the SingleThruster 99 was more fun than the FreestyleWave 102. Was nice to sail together with Martijn and Marvin. [Read...]

Yesterday the final of the PWA - Fuerteventura – Elimination 6. Drone in the air. Antoine Albeau and Matteo Iachino were 2nd and 3th in the ranking, and could both take the first place if they were to win. So both went for it. That became a very exciting race! And the drone pilot has made super spectacular images of it. Best EVER!! [Read...]

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Had missed a beautiful sunday afternoon, so took a couple of hours of from work to go today. My 2nd Warp F2010 8.0: Training sail used for the first time. Tested with the iSonic 117 with different fins: Z-Fins 42cm, 44cm and Sonntag SL-X 43cm. Wind was minimal, but with a few pumps I could planing. Not a lot of pressure in the sail, but planing. Clear blue sky, delicious. Little getting used to the curve of the Severne boom. Delicious sailing, 8.0 quite the time not full-power, looking back the 9.0 would have been better. The sun made it a very lovely day. [Read...]

Wind predicted for all the day: 14-18 knots. In the morning, it was already 20-24 knots. So quick to the sea. On arrival wind was gone. All afternoon sailed with the iSonic 127 and Warp 9.0. Tested several fins: Z-Fins 46cm, Select 50cm, Sonntag 48cm and Boss 49cm. Wind fortunately picked up and allowed me to sail. Good light weather test day. [Read...]

Storm wind predicted, good time to make a choice between the AHD Power Wave 253 and the JP Single Thruster 75. Crowded at Kabbelaarsbank. Sailed all day with the Voodoo 3.7, started with the JP FSW 84, soon switched to the AHD Pro Wave 253, then the JP Single Thruster 75. Switched a lot between the AHD and the ST 75, see which board is better in these circumstances. What a day, real summer storm, not cold, and gusts over 45 knots. Especially after the rain was gone it was very good. [Read...]

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Ascension day 2019, Sun and wind. Started with the Duke 5.9 on the FSW 102 and MFC 29cm. Soon switched to the Single Thruster 99 to test it. Opted for the MFC 22cm with 12cm K4 Ezzy thrusters. Waveriding is very nice. When the wind decreased took the FSW 102 again, sailed until I could hardly plane anymore. Top day, sun came early, so delicious weather. Pretty fun waves. Could do some good testing of The Single Thruster 99, but need more time to test, the FSW 102 is a really good board. [Read...]

My 7 year old Neil Pryde UXT 48cm is broken, does not lock well anymore. Time for a new one. I am looking for a long 46cm+ extension that is solid and easy to use. That is not so easy in 2019. The Duotone extensions are too short, other brands have other disadvantages. [Read...]

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Went sailing with the slalom competition guys at Oostvoornse Meer. Wind direction NNE, which is not at all favourable. Used iSonic 127 with Warp 9.0 and Z-Fins 46cm. Used a Power XT 2.0 for the first time: impressed. Wind was extremely gusty and turned a lot. Not a very nice session. Worked on the trim of the 9.0 a bit. Not really nice sailing, but instructive. [Read...]

Wind predicted: 14 to 18 knots, good wind for slalom training. Used iSonic 117 with Warp 8.0 and SL-X 43cm. Started with 5 practice starts. Then a total of 10 practice races. Had a collision with Coen, luckely no damage. With 16 people on the start line it is difficult to start well, couple of on-the-mark starts, few over-earlies, halve of the starts bad. [Read...]

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A few years back, Pieter Bijl has made a very good video about camber and batten tension tuning. What is the correct tension, how do you adjust it to etc. Useful for everyone who is sailing with cambersails. [Read...]

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After 4 hours it would become dry and the wind turn to SW and increase. Started on the Blokkendam with Single Thruster 99 and Ice 5.3, not the right decision. Quick to Kabberlaarsbank for some slalom: iSonic 127 with Warp 8.0 and SL-X 43cm. Nice possibility to test the SL-X 43cm. Wind was gusty, but good to test the whole wind range. Good session, the sun was shining all evening. [Read...]

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Again a cold day, wind would decrease, on route to Stavoren: 5 degrees. Elimination 3: Preliminary round skipped: too cold. Rigged iSonic 117 with Warp 8.0 and SL-X 43cm. C-Final attempt 1: Wind dropped to nothing at the start, after 45 minutes slogging wind came back. C-Final attempt 2: came a big rain shower, wind increased a lot, and I didn't feel like it, and I wasn't the only one. Elimination 4: Started, but quickly blown off. A day like today lets you doubt why you compete. [Read...]