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Not a perfect prediction, Grevelingendam best for this prediction. Started with the Banzai 4.7 on the Goya One 95, wind was disappointing so switched to the F-Cross 113. Then the wind really came through and rigged the 3.7 on the Goya 81. Wind fell away again: not cool. No desire to wait or rig. With only 14/15 degrees it was not warm. A lot of showers and therefore very variable winds. Often just made the wrong choice in terms of stuff. Not my best day. [Read...]

Today's forecast: 36 knots of wind from the southwest. I started with the 4.2 sail on the JP Slate 96 board with a quad setup with my new MFC rear fins. The wind was strong, great for testing out the Slate as Quad. Waves were plentiful for back-side waveriding. As the tide came in, waves got bigger, up to 1.5 meters. Eventually, the wind became too strong for the 4.2 sail: switched to the Goya Custom Thruster 81 board but then the wind had dropped. I returned to the JP Slate 96 as the wind picked up. Overall, a great day on the water. Made a mistake with the Goya 81, would have been better to use it earlier. [Read...]

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Finally good wind from the right direction: WSW, perfect for the Brouwersdam. Sailed the Banzai 4.2 on the Wave Slate 96, first as thruster, later tried quad setup. Not expecting that we would really get 40+ knots. Impressed with the control of the Slate 96. With 40+ knots still just golfing, board never felt too big. First time sailing the Wave Slate as a quad, I liked it quite a bit, I'll try it more often. It was wonderful to have a really good wave session again: enjoyed. [Read...]

Finally good wind for the Blokkendam. Wind forecast: WNW turning to WSW and increasing. On arrival disappointing wind, had just decreased considerably. Sailed the E-Type 6.6 on the F-Cross 113 with Select 35cm. Long runs towards the lighthouse of Ouddorp, jibing and back again. I could easily get upwind so I was further from the dunes and the wind was better. Less wind than predicted and hoped for, but wonderfully sailed. Lovely sun wind not too gusty. The F-Cross works very well with the 6.6, so this iSonic 101 is now for sale. [Read...]

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Prediction disagreed. Standard spot not reachable. Sailed with the Banzai 6.0 on the F-Cross 113 with Select 35cm Wind was disappointing: Really only bobbing. For a while constantly planing. Later, the wind subsided again. No other windsurfers seen. Unfortunately I only had 3 sails with me, I had left the trailer at home because I could not easily get it out of the garage today. With 25 degrees clear blue sky, it was wonderful weather. [Read...]

North wind, sunny and again increasing wind after 16:00. Very busy on the dam. Unfortunately, the wind was a bit disappointing. Sailed with the Banzai 5.3 on the FSW 102 with Makani 26cm. Water was fairly flat, so much more freeride, nice long runs, sailing with friends. Wind was disappointing. The weather was lovely, unfortunately the predicted wind did not really come. [Read...]

Last day of the Pentecost weekend and good wind: very busy. Sailed with the Banzai 4.7 with Goya One 95 and MFC 22.5/10 fins. Lots of waveriding and jumping. It was great. Sun, good wind and nice waves. It was really enjoyable. Never seen so many windsurfers at Brouwersdam zuid. A lot of friends on the water. [Read...]

Arrived at a busy dam with a lot of friends on the beach at the end of the ascension weekend. Wind wasn't strong yet but expected to increase. Started with a 5.3 on the F-Cross 113 board, tried different fins. Close to the beach, as always a bit less wind. Board went upwind a bit too easy with the bigger fins. Continued until tired, enjoying the warmer weather and nice session despite gusty wind and difficult chop. [Read...]

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19 degrees and sun predicted. Sailed with the Banzai 5.3, first on the F-Cross 113, later with the Goya One 95. Unfortunately, the stamina is gone after having been sick twice last month, so quickly tired. The weather was lovely. Wind not too gusty and clear blue and finally not too cold. [Read...]

Forecast: north and increasing in late afternoon, normally typical summer weather, but now with only 12 degrees. Sailed with the Banzai 5.3 with F-Cross 113, first with the Patrik 32cm, later with the MFC 34cm. The F-Cross 113 didn't feel too big for the Banzai 5.3. Sailed until I was tired, condition still not back. It was nice. Gusty as always with north at Brouwersdam Zuid. I should have taken the 6.0. [Read...]

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Good SW wind forecast, increasing in the afternoon. Started with the Banzai 6.0 on the F-Cross 113, when the wind increased switched to the Banzai 4.7 and the One 95. With the F-Cross, wonderfully long runs. Water relatively flat. With the One 95, jumping and back-side waveriding. I sailed on until I was empty. Just been sick so condition hadn't returned yet. It was delicious. A bit gusty though. But with clear blue sky and wind from the right direction, it was lovely. [Read...]

Today more wind predicted than yesterday. Sailed with the 3.7 and tested with the Custom3 81 en AHD 253. Started with the Custom3, more work for the knees in the tricky chop. The AHD sails easier, but harder to jibe and to get planing. Both are fun for waveriding. The Chop was tricky, hardly any sun. Not really very cold either. It was wonderful to sail in a storm again. Good test of the 2 high-wind waveboards. That AHD remains a level apart. It was fun with many friends on the water. [Read...]

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Very good wind predicted in the afternoon. Used my Banzai 4.2 on the Wave Slate 96 with 18/12cm fins. Waves were still a bit low in the beginning, they slowly got higher, even half an hour really beautiful waves: long lines. After that, it became more chaos chop. After the wind decreased, I stopped. More wind tomorrow. Save a little energy. It was delicious. Clear blue sky, even if it was only 12 degrees, it didn't feel cold at all. Wind was a bit gusty, but because of the range of the Banzai I didn't have to change. Great day! [Read...]

I arrived to find some windsurfers struggling in the 40-45kn SW winds. I stubbornly chose to rig my 4.2m sail, though it was too big for the conditions even with max trim. The gusts were nearly unmanageable. After switching to my 3.7 sailing was good and I was able to handle the gusts. Managed to land some backside hits. I enjoyed discovering the potential of the Thruster 81 combo. Next time I'll be sure to bring my old AHD too, for some back-to-back comparison! [Read...]

Finally suitable conditions, after a long cold period. With temperatures up to 11 degrees and a SW wind, I was able to test the F-Cross 113 with Banzai 6.0 and the FX Freecarve 31cm fin. I was able to get planing with a bit of effort. The fin felt a bit too small for the amount of wind, making upwind sailing hard even with minimumd trim. Towards the end the wind improved, planing got a lot easier, but it unfortunately did not last long. The board showed promise, but I'll definitely have to try it out with a bigger fin and better wind conditions. [Read...]

2nd day sailing on St Martin. The wind seems a little stronger. Same set packed to start with: Ezzy Cheetah 6.0 on Fanatic Blast 130 with Finnish 46cm. Direct planing from the beach, wind just as good as yesterday when I stopped. I just didn't pay attention and was almost immediately on the reef, so immediately downwind to stay in the bay. Wind was clearly stronger. Unfortunately, there was a lot more weed, really 2 or 3x as much. So I had to stop a lot more to get weed off the fin. Really about 3 to 4 times per run. Again was delicious, set worked well, a weedfin would have been nice. [Read...]

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During a week visiting a friend on St Maarten, chance to go windsurfing. Unfortunately there was only a limited number of boards and sails available, I sailed with an Ezzy Cheetah 6.0 on a Fanatic Blast 130. The wind was a a bit light for 6.0. But I still managed to plane nicely with minimal wind. Occasionally a little weed. It was a real pleasure to sail in the warm, crystal clear water, even with the lesser equipment. Occasionally I even saw flying fish. [Read...]

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Wind forecast was perfect, 25 to 30 knots, WNW. Sailed with the Banzai 4.7 and One 95 with MFC 21/10 fins. Beautiful waves for waveriding and jumping. First hour sailed with the zipper of my suit open: stupid. Wonderful session: enjoy, what fun the Grevelingendam can be. [Read...]

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I had a great start to the season today. It was dry with solid SW winds, forecasted to be between 35-48 knots. Most surfers were sailing with 3.2-3.5 sails, I used the 4.2 and the Goya Thruster 81. The waves were beautiful, with some long lines for a couple of backside hits. Jumping conditions weren't the best, but still some nice jumps. Wind picked up later on which made it necessary to trim the sail in further, but the Banzai 4.2 had a great range. I sailed until I was completely exhausted - the perfect start to the season! [Read...]