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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
Surft at sea since long. Strong wind predicted. Used the Ice 4.2 on the JP FSW 84. Started with the K4 Rockets, later switched to the FreeWave 21 and 10cm Makani thrusters. Few beautiful waves, water often very rough and chaotic. Sailed a long time, delicious, jumping, waveriding, was delicious but tiring. Unfortunately hurt my foot. [Read...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]