On Friday I had a nice session in Büsum, no records but good training and good fun! Maxed out at 42,7 kts/ 79 kmh with a really broad angle. I also used my new GoPro Hero 6 for the first time for this video, and what I particularly like is the improved electronic image stabilization and the GPS-overlay. I will write a little review about how well the new GoPro works for windsurfing in the next days
In this article I want to talk a bit about the best stance on the board for speedwindsurfing. You need to try to get the maximum effieciency out of your gear while still keeping control over your gear to go really fast.
On Saturday we had another good speedday with the Steinhuder crew. The forecast looked pretty great with a steady 19kts gusting up to 35kts eventually. Unfortunately the wind was accompanied by a lot of rain. Rain in combination with SW wind is usually not good at Steinhude, and as a matter of fact the wind never reached 35kts. On top of that the water level is very high at the moment because we’ve had a lot of rain in the last weeks. Usually it’s around 110cm, on Saturday we had 124cm. This makes the water more choppy.
It’s been a couple of busy weeks for me with quite some windsurfing over the summer, but now I finally found some time to review some of my highlights this summer. Firstly I managed to achieve one of my goals I’ve had for quite some time now; to go 40 knots on a slalomboard.
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
Speedsurfing can be rather frustrating… When you manage to find the perfect spot on a really windy day and all the elements align (tide/windstrength/windangle/temperatures/no heavy rain/…) you can get some really nice numbers on the GPS-unit. But on the other hand; after such a day you may sometimes have to wait several months if not years to catch perfect conditions again in which you may score higher speeds…
One of the most unique aspects of our sport has always been the discovering and exploring of new ventures. Exploring new places is a lot of fun and in terms of speedsurfing there are a lot of components that have to come together to achieve good speeds past the 40kts barrier.
Today I went to the Lauwersmeer with the intention to improve my Speed for this month. I turned out to be the first one at the spot and was not sure about the sailsize. Fortunately I went with my 6,2 Reflex 5 instead of the 7m sail. I tried a Hurricane Speed Rake 30 24cm under a 48cm wide Fanatic speed board. Continue reading “Blasting at the Lauwersmeer with new fin”