05 October 2020: Light wind at sea

Wednesday 07 October 2020

Decreasing wind, on arrival, surfers where still planing with 5.0, so started with JP FSW 102 with Banzai 5.3. I think 6.0 would have been better. Water very flat, hardly any waves to jump or to ride. Wind decreased a lot, so switched to iSonic 101 with e-Type 6.6. Good choice to go straight to the 6.6. Sometimes even that was minimal, but mostly it was delicious. Water quite flat, so very nice sailing with the iSonic 101. Towards the end, the tide came in and the waves increased. That sometimes made it harder. Sailed until the wind dropped to much I could hardly plane anymore. Little too flat water at sea for my liking, with these kinds of conditions I like sailing on the lake side much better, less sand. But I did have a good time. [Read...]

04 October 2020: Strong south wind at Brouwersdam

Sunday 04 October 2020

Wind was predicted south, not the best direction for Blokkendam because the dam partly blocks the wind as it comes over the Brouwersdam. I had to work in the afternoon, so early on the dam and first on the water. Good moment to test the Ultimate Wave 94 with the Banzai 4.7. Low tight and also south wind, so the water was still very flat, boring with the UW. Once on a wave the board had a lot of grip, turns tight. Wind increased until the 4.7 was overpowered, switched to the FreestyleWave 84 with Banzai 3.7. Because it wasn't that extreme, the FSW 84 worked really well. Also the waves where not too high and chaotic, bit off onshore waveriding. Unfortunately the waves were low, style and close behind each other, so it's hard to get board to jump well. In contrast the back-side wave riding was very nice. Nice morning. [Read...]

02 October 2020: Light wind Friday afternoon

Sunday 04 October 2020

East wind, but nice few hours sailing. Choice of kit was easy: biggest: iSonic 117 with S-Type 8.3 and SL-P 46cm Wind on the shore not very strong, but on the other side clearly stronger. So mostly stayed on the other side of the lake. Actually the first 1/3rd was too little wind and bobbing while further out it was lovely. Sailed until the wind died off and I could not plane anymore. For east wind it was very nice sailing, not at all that gusty. [Read...]

25 September 2020: First autumn storm

Sunday 27 September 2020

Big storm expected, up to 9 bft. Sailed with Jurjen at the Grevelingendam. In the beginning, the wind wasn't WNW yet, so started with the JP FSW 102 with Banzai 5.3. Close to the shore bobbing, on the edge of the shallow water: wind, a lot of wind. I almost always had enough control to sail, jump and ride waves, the wind turned to WNW and was coming through really strong. Switched to the AHD with Banzai 4.2, with the 4.2 finally trimmed over max it sailed very well between the hardest gusts. But those strongest gusts were really extreme. Jumping, back-side waveriding. Enjoying it. Grevelingendam can sometimes be really nice spot. Sailed until I was almost exhausted. Steven and Yentel gave a demonstration of why they are pro surfers. [Read...]