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Pieter Bijl was photographed, up close, with a North Sails XOver proto. I haven't seen any pictures from that close. [Read...]

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After a nice Friday afternoon/evening wind was predicted for the entire Saturday. In the morning some showers, so after that it should be very good. Sailed with the Goya One Pro 95, Banzai 4.7 with 19/11 thruster set. In the beginning the wind was still fairly gusty, started with minimum trim, ended with over max trim. Waves were a bit variable, depending on the wind strength and direction: sometimes nice waves for waveriding. Sailed all day with the same set. Stopped because there was a heavy shower coming. I should have changed to the 4.2, at the end the 3.7 would have been better. [Read...]

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Forecast: all day 20 to 22 knots of wind, turning SSW to WZW. Started with the Goya One Pro 95 and Banzai 4.7, ended with the TriWave 89 and Banzai 4.2. Best waveriding so far: back-side to front-side ending wit a perfect lip hit. It was great, especially after 16:30 when the sky turned blue, the wind direction perfect, finally again. I should have switched to the 4.2 much earlier. That was much better and less tiring. That perfect front-side hit, I'll have a smile on that for a very long time to go. Sunday hopefully again z'n day. [Read...]

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finally: SSW to SW 20 to 32 knots predicted: looking forward to it. Sailed with Fanatic Tri-Wave 89 with Banzai 4.2 and MFC 19/10cm fins. Wind started south. With the tide came in, the waves become more fun, waveriding, more jumping. I made a couple of front-side attempts. It was a lovely day. The wind was gusty, waves often not great, but finally the right direction. The Tri-Wave certainly did not disappoint with the 4.2. Next time more head-to-head testing with the JP FSW 84 to compare them. [Read...]

NNE 19 to 21 kts wind predicted, perfect for Brouwersdam south. First time with the Goya One 3 Pro 95 at sea. Sailed with my Banzai 5.3 and MFC 21/12cm fins. Wind was super constant. A lot of nice waves to jump and some for wave riding. Fins might have been a little large. Jumping took some getting used to: shorter board. Waveriding was great: board turns tight without spintouts, especially for a board this size. Sailed until I was completely empty. Unfortunately little to no sun, but otherwise a perfect afternoon, enjoyed! Hopefully I will be able to sail the Goya One 3 Pro 95 at sea again soon. Next time hopefully with SW wind. [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...]

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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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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Today southwest wind predicted the best direction and also slightly more than Tuesday. Sailed with the JP FSW 84 and Banzai 4.2. At first not many waves, but when the tide came up the waves also increased. I could jump both ways. It was really enjoyable. Especially when the wind was exactly southwest and the waves got better. Sailed until I was completely empty. Extra bonus: Watched the release of a couple of Seal pups at the Gorsje. [Read...]

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I had to go home on time, so early (10 hours) in Zeeland. Winds would turn from south to west around 11 a.m. and increase. Started with the Ultimate Wave 94 with Banzai 4.7. Wind still minimal, so sail at minimum trim. Water was very flat, so really boring with the UW, so took the FSW 102. Wind minimal, until a heavy shower came over. After that, the wind quickly increased and waves also came. Good time to test the UW 94 again. Obviously not comfortable yet on the UW 94. So took the FSW 84, but it just turned out to be tricky conditions. Not the best conditions. [Read...]

Wind was predicted south, not the best direction for Blokkendam, I was early so first on the water. Good moment to test the Ultimate Wave 94 with the Banzai 4.7. Water was very flat, boring with the UW. Once on a wave the board had a lot of grip, turns tight. Wind increased until the 4.7 was overpowered, switched to the FreestyleWave 84 with Banzai 3.7. Because it wasn't that extreme, the FSW 84 worked really well. Unfortunately the waves were low, style and close behind each other. In contrast the back-side wave riding was very nice. Nice morning. [Read...]

Strong northern wind predicted throughout the day, good direction for Brouwersdam south. Sailed with the JP FSW 84 with Banzai 4.2 and Select 21cm/Makani 8cm. Tricky shore-break, took a bit of focus and timing. The water was chaotic: a lot of moving water, high swell, but few steep waves, and certainly no long lines. Bit of jumping, bit of back-side waveriding. Sailed until I was completely empty. It was really a great day, wind was relatively stable. never too strong, never not planing for long. Lots of jumping. No sunshine, but also no rain. [Read...]

Next night, Storm Francis will come over. In the evening, the wind would turn from SSE to SW and increase considerably in strength. On arrival the wind was still south, so not yet turned. Used the JP FSW 84 with Banzai 4.2 and Freewave 21/makani 10cm. Inward there were lots of nice waves to play and waveride, especially back-side wave riding was great, some runs almost al the way in: back to back wave riding from wave to wave. Going out, the waves were also getting more beautiful and higher, some nice high jumps. Lovely evening, was often really perfect, very nice waves. [Read...]

Wind was predicted for the entire day, with showers in the morning and dry in the afternoon. Sailed all day with the JP FSW 84 with Banzai 4.2 and Freewave 21/makani 10cm. Great sailing, lots of beautiful waves to ride or jump. Lots of back-side waveriding, some frontside riding. The 4.2 was perfect, sometimes it was a bit tricky, some gusts really hard, but mostly it was a lot of fun sailing. Temperature was still nice and warm, water was still nice and warm, sunshine was shining: Great day. [Read...]

A lot of wind predicts. On arrival it certainly didn't look very extreme. Most surfers sailed 3.5 to 4.0, so took the 3.7, so took the AHD with Banzai 3.7 and Select 22cm. Set was almost spot on from the start. Jumping went really well with left foot in front. Lots of back-side wave riding. Couple of times nice waves near the beach and attempted some front-side wave riding, and that succeeded a few times. It was nice, lots of sun, no rain, sailed until I was really completely empty. It was really enjoyable. [Read...]

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Good winds predicted in the afternoon. Started with the JP FSW 84 with Banzai 4.7 and MUF 20/11.5cm fins. Wind was minimal, a few jumps and a few back-side waverides, but nothing special. Wind slowly dropped even further. Nice time to sail the JP Ultimate Wave 94 for the first time. Sailed the JP Ultimate Wave 94 as quad, not my preference. Sailing was reasonable in itself, but for me it is not yet relaxed. Lots of wind holes, so more and more bobbing. Sailed until the wind was really too soft to be able to plane. Few fine runs, but mostly it was moderate. [Read...]

Good wind predicted, on arrival 4.7 seemed to be right size. Started with the JP Single Thruster 99 with Banzai 4.7. Get up and planing from the beach. Some beautiful waves for wave riding. Also nice jumping. Wind slowly increased so could easily use a smaller board: JP FSW 84 with Banzai 4.7. Get out, planing and jump right away. Wind seemed to increase even more. Could jump over both tacks, back to the beach there were quite a lot of nice waves for back-side wave riding. Nice afternoon, nicely warm, good wind, really enjoyed it. [Read...]