This summer I have spent some really nice days windsurfing in Holland. One spot in particular has proven to be a nice location in summer: De Houw
This spot is located near Makkum right where the dike that separates the Ijsselmeer from the North Sea starts. It is only allowed to surf here for 2.5 months in the summer months, so I was eager to try this spot as I always missed the oppurtunity the last years.
Firstly I enjoyed two really nice sessions with my Isonic 87 and a 7,0 and 6,2 Severne Reflex sail. The spot is quite shallow and not that flat, so in order to get a better run with flatter water here you have to go closer and closer to the sandbank, which is a risky game. To get into the shallow part I tried some different small fins; firstly a 26cm Z-fin Asy SB. I made one run with this fin above 35kts with the 7,0 but felt the asymetrical fin was not working so well in these kind of choppy conditions. I switched to a 24cm Hurricane Speed fin which was working nicely and I made my best runs and topspeeds on this fin. With 24cm I felt safe to go into the really shallow part, however a 24cm fin is quite small for a 87l board, so I think there is more to get with a more powerful (Slalom) fin in the 30cm range. However I managed to push the Isonic to 37kts Vmax which is a start! both of my sessions on this board ended up with an average close to 35kts.
De Houw is great not because it’s such a flat perfect speedspot, but because the wind is quite strong here, especially in summer, as the spot is right at the coast! So this year I got lucky and for one day the forecast showed winds of 23-32kts. I rigged 5,6 and 48cm Fanatic Falcon Speed, and used a 23cm Z-Fin Asy SB. This time I was flying with the asymetrical fin, even though the chop was a lot higher than the last days! This proves to me that asymetrical fins only really make sense when the wind is cranking! I made some runs of 37-38 knots and in my 5th run I pushed the gear to a topspeed of over 40knots. After that however my speeds quickly declined again. As it turned out I arrived a bit to late at the spot that day, as the water level was pushing higher and higher due to the strong SW wind, making speedruns very difficult. After a spinout at 37kts I called it a day, but I am still really happy with my speed in these conditions! However a big shoutout has to go to Twan Verseput, who managed to push out a new spot record of over 43knots!!!