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Finally a good surfing day. Wind at the Blokkendam was a bit disappointing. Sailed with JP SingleThruster 99 with Ice 5.3 and 21/13,5cm fins Wind was just too strong for the 5.3 at the beginning, at the end floating to the beach. Was a very good day, not cold at all. Sailed a lot without cap and gloves. Sometimes a short light shower. But certainly first hour of lovely sunshine. [Read...]

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20 to 40 knots wind predicted, after a front with showers the wind would become slightly less but more stable. To be sure started with the large board: JP SingleThruster 99 with Ice 4.7 and Select 21cm/K4 12cm fins. In the beginning a hard catapult. In the beginning, sailed with maximum trim, ended with less than minimum trim. First real winter session of the season. With a sleek blue sky it wasn't cold, wind good. Nice few hours of sailing. [Read...]

The whole week SW predicted, but as lately always: Wind ended up being South. Started with FSW 102 with Ice 5.3 and Makani 26cm. Behind the dam no wind, on open water too much wind. Time for something smaller: FSW 84 with Ice 4.2 and K4 Rockets 18/12cm. In the beginning the 4.2 was small, but slowly the wind increased until the 4.2 was too large. Stamina is not back yet, and in these circumstances it is heavy sailing. Nice to have a lot of wind again, hopefully soon again a good ZW instead of Z. [Read...]

All day 25 to 35 knots wind predicted. Sailed the JP FSW 84 with Ice 4.2 and K4 Rocket 18/12. Near shore little wind, further out more wind, but certainly not full powered. Sailed the 4.2 at minimum trim. Some nice jumps. Couple of times nice waveriding, but needed gusts for both. Sometimes wind briefly completely died, then I was happy when I could even waterstart. Wrong choice of sail, 4.7 was definitely better, think 5.3 might have worked as well. [Read...]

Today the wind would turn to SW and increase considerably. In the morning the wind was still south and not strong. Started with the iSonic 101 with E-Type 6.6 and SL-X 36cm. In The beginning little wind, but increased so much that the E-Type was too large. Also used the Busca 34cm. In the harder wind sailed with the FreeWave 102 with Duke 5.9 and FreeWave 29cm untill that was also really too big. Too tired to get rig a smaller sail: stopped. Unfortunately this day only came at the end of the week, but that didn't make it any less fun. SW, Sun and nice wind, delicious. [Read...]

Wind again south, seems not to want to turn southwest. On the shore it seemed almost no wind, started with iSonic 117 with S-Type SL 8.3 and SL-P 46cm. That was in the gusts too big in the windholes too small. Tried the 44cm SL-P: slightly better. Wind increased, iSonic 101 with E-Type 6.6 and SL-X 36cm. That was good in the hardest gusts. Then the: iSonic 117 with S-Type SL 7.3 and SL-P 42cm, that was the best today, but still a lot of standing still. These kind of days are rare in Zeeland. Even with this wind direction it is usually a whole lot better. [Read...]

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Wind again too much from the south. Started with: iSonic 117 with S-Type SL 7.3 and SL-X 43cm. Wind slowly increased, some gusts very hard: SL-P 40cm packed. Wind increased further: 7.3 Too large, rigged FSW 102 with Duke 5.9. Wind dropped a lot in strength, sailed with the 7.3 again. Nice sailing, but not really a great day. [Read...]

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The whole afternoon a lot of rain predicted. Before the rain sailed with the iSonic 117, S-Type SL 8.3 and Busca 46cm. Lots of variation in the wind, happy with the variable outhaul. Sailed untill the showers came. In the evening, after the showers went to go surfing again: iSonic 117 with S-Type SL 8.3 and Sonntag SL-P 44cm. Nice sailing until the wind died. Several 490 masts tested. [Read...]

ZW 18 to 20 knots wind, nice day to test the S-Type SL 7.3 for the first time. Sailed the iSonic 117 with S-Type SL 7.3 and Z-Fins 42cm. Was easy sailing and planing, sail did not feel like it pulled very hard, but did plane easily. Great sailing. Wind pretty good, sailed until the wind was gone. Lovely sunshine. The S-Type clearly has a better low-wind through the deeper profile. [Read...]

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ESE Wind predicted, never the best wind, but also 22 degrees and sun. Nice day to try my new S-Type SL 8.3 Used the iSonic 127 with S-Type SL 8.3 and Boss 44cm. Jeroen was there too. Chop was low, yet quite tricky. Wind varied a lot, shifting and gusty, and lots of windholes. Sailed a lot of rakes together with Jeroen. It was delicious, sun, warm and wind, okay shifty gusty winds. First time S-Type SL was nice. [Read...]

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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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Last 3 days did not drive so much, so also little need to charge: charged 2 times, both times without any problems. Got introduced to Charge Point Blockers. I now also know why the cable remains lock on the Charge Point when it is unlock on the EV site and unplugged. [Read...]

Today first to Den Bosch, trying to charge with an Ecotap Charge Point, that took some trying. Charging at home on an Allego Charge Point that didn't want to give my cable back. In the evening a 100+ km drive to Amsterdam. Charged three times, twice problems. [Read...]

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If your work is charging electric cars, you should of course also practice what you preach. Coming days I'm driving a Renault Zoe, so I can experience what other EV drivers have to live with. Today first day, at the first Charge Point I could not charge. [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. Used the iSonic 127 with Warp 9.0. Wind was sometimes almost gone, other moments very strong. In the stronger wind sailed with the iSonic 101 and 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...]