The afternoon before Dam-X: slalom start training. Starting line, and 2 buoys: improve start timing, round the first mark, back to the start for another round. Wind minimal, sailed with S-Type SL, iSonic 117 and Busca 46cm.
Starts started to improve again.
Wind minimal, not cold at all. [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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
First day NK Slalom 2019: Wind, but very cold. 2 eliminations sailed, first did not go well, but I did finish. 2nd elimination went even worse, needed a boot to get back to shore and over early in the C-final.
Must clearly sail and train more with my slalom gear. The cold also made me not really feel like it. [Read...]
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 Koster has found his limit. [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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
I had hoped for a nice day cruising for the first time surfing again. Today just bit more wind then desired. Took the 5.3 ice with the JP FSW 102.
First time on the FSW 102, within a few meters already a chop-hop, first jibe: planing.
Nice to be back on the board. Not ready for competition yet, but certainly with this kind of weather really enjoyable. [Read...]
Just like 6 years ago windsurfing as Olympic sport was discussed. This time, without any problems, it remains an windsurfing Olympic. Material is going to change. More vendors, more sails and Foil as an option. Kiters are also Olympic, but in a mixed event. [Read...]
For years, there has hardly been any innovation on extensions. The North Power XT exists since 2004. Now there is the NoerStick, really a new concept for an extensions. [Read...]
The rumors were there last week, but now there are photos of the 2019 photo shoots in Maui. Clearly a North Sails Super Hero, but then the 2019 model with a Duotone logo. [Read...]
There's a rumor that Boards-and-More is going to lose the license to the name North Sails. Rumor is that they will continue under the name Duotone. Yet another brand that Boards-and-More is going to lose. [Read...]
It took very long this year, it's already mid-April, but the dates for the NK Slalom (Dutch Championship) are finally known. Sure enough, they did it again, its a bit of a mess. [Read...]