rough conditions and hard crashes

KA Race 2014 5,5
KA Race 2014 5,5

Monday we’ve had the strongest wind in a while at Strand Horst. With 30-42 kts of wind everyone rigged 5,5m sails and 44-50cm speedboards. I was on my 5,5m KA Race/HTS SR 49/21cm C3 Slingshot again which is a combination I feel very comfortable on.

I believe everyone was expecting an epic session, but instead of superhigh speeds we witnessed alot of spinouts, crashes and some broken gear as everyone had to deal with quite some chop.

As I realized it was going to be a tough session I tested some gear to find

GPS speedsurfing 10sec runs
GPS speedsurfing 10sec runs

the best combination for the difficult conditions. At first I took a 44cm wide Speedboard, which was to small to handle the chop, at least for me. Then I used my favorite board, the HTS SR 49 with a C3 21cm slingshot. On this board I did my best runs of ~36 knots with topspeeds of ~ 37 knots. Last but not least I tested an older speedboard, a Thommen T1 SR 50, so quite

similar board but with a very interesting tail. I did not expect to much of this board because the fin position is a lot further behind the footstraps compared to modern speed/slalomboards. Surprisingly the board felt quite good and went through the chop

Thommen T1 SR 50
Thommen T1 SR 50

quite comfortably at speeds of <35 knots with a 24cm MUF speedfin. Sailwise I used both a 2012 GA Vapor 5,4 and a 2014 KA-Race 5,5. Both sails were performing really well, with the KA having more power and the GA having the better cam-rotation.

Getting more comfortable I took higher risks in the chop, which ended with me getting spinout and crashing at 33 and 36 knots. After crashing at 36knots I felt quite dizzy and called it a day as my gear was luckily still all in one piece 🙂  Now I’m hoping for similar wind with flatter water next time to improve my PB a bit, still chasing that 40 knots at Strand Horst. This time I ended up doing my 2nd fastest session at Strand Horst and my 4th fastest session overall with 35,79 knots 5×10 sec average.

KA Race 2014 5,5 strand horst
KA Race 2014 5,5 strand horst

 

 

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126 thoughts on “rough conditions and hard crashes”

  1. Congratz on the speed!

    Do you have any technics for staying safe when crashing with those speeds?

    I always hit a limit in speeds because I’m not comfortable crashing at higher speeds. So I will hit the brakes when the speed gets uncomfortable. Any tips to overcome that?

    1. Hi Maarten,
      I don’t really have any tips on how to crash properly, I just wear an impact vest and helmet when it gets rough, but I guess crashing from time to time is just part of the game… Even top guys like AA crash now and then.
      But I know what you mean, when I’m afraid to crash I go a lot slower and for some strange reason I crash more often then. I just try to not think about it to much… Hope that helped a little bit 😉

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