Wingssails Speed Special 5.6

Wingssails Speed Special 5.6   Stefano Basso now made a pure 100% supercompact speedsail. The proto/custom sail is made for a dutch speedsurfer, its not me, he is fast. I cannot tell as promised I promised him, so speculate….. Erik Loots Erik is windsurfer for 10+ years. In his daily life he is professional in … Read more

Good results come early this year and Personal Report

Good results come early this year and Personal Report Dirk-Jan Knol claiming a new strand horst record 82,13km/h average in shallow water, heard he said 3 runs the fin was in the ground and the others in the air. Oisin van Gelderen and Jacques van der Hout did a  national record. Gerlof Hansma, Hans Kreisel … Read more

Alice Arutkin joins Sonntag-Fins!

Alice Arutkin joins Sonntag-Fins! Great news, now the Sonntag Fins team has 3 men and 3 women. I believe these different sources of feedback are good for the Sonntag philosophy, making fins specific for each rider needs (tall, short, strong, light or heavy + speed, slalom, matchrace, formula or freeride). Alice her website: Erik … Read more

Amstelmeer fishnet update!

Amstelmeer fishnet update! Not so long ago I crashed into a fishnet at the Amstelmeer, you can read more about this HERE. Yesterday I had a very positive call with the fisherman. Conclusion was we have to work together and make it good for both windsurfing and fishing in wintertime. In summertime there were never … Read more

Dangerous fishtraps on Amstelmeer!!

Dangerous fishtraps on Amstelmeer!! Today I got shaken up, full crash into a fishtrap at 67.5 km/h (36.5kn) on the Amstelmeer. Or should I say windsurfertrap?? Broke 1 fin, harnass +line gone..Lets start with the beginning. Yesterday I got the 2011 Starboard Futura 93 from Hans Kleingeld to try, did also some windsurfing at Strand … Read more

Down Under Youngsters

Down Under Youngsters Just read 2 impressive stories which I like to share: First meet Alex Halank (AUS2001) (I guess born in 2001??) Carbon Art interview Winner 2010 Starboard Prokids IFCA Freestyle World Championship He wants to be the youngest ever to reach 30kn!! Go for it Alex, these carbon art boards should be perfect!! … Read more

Speedsurfing / Windsurfing – Hypothermia Risks

Speedsurfing / Windsurfing – Hypothermia Risks Last session it was still cold, both the air and water temperature was around 3 degrees Celsius. But we went windsurfing, I was not aware it was this cold somehow. My bottomline at this moment with my current wetsuit is 5 or 6 degrees air temperature. The session was … Read more

Back in the day – 1992 – Martin reports

Martin van Meurs made himself popular in the Netherlands.  Promoting GPS-speedsurfing, recordattempts and the idea speedsurfing is just the best thing ever. Read about Martin his thoughts some years ago. I translated some parts which are interesting “In 3 years we should go 100km/h” “On a speedboard you’re constantly tightrope walking, searching for the ultimate … Read more

4 November – Strand Horst

4 November – Strand Horst Another Strand Horst session, with at least some better feeling afterwards regarding tuning :), also learned something else…GP3S comment: Tuningday :), started with W44+5.6, this was OK but the gusts gone by and it was nearly impossible to catch these gusts with some speed. After doing 4 speedruns in 1 … Read more

Björn and Carlos about the Starboard Speed Specials 2011

Björn and Carlos about the Starboard Speed Specials 2011 Source: Björn Dunkerbeck and Carlos Sosa are explaining the thoughts behind the boards. But also results during testing the final proto boards. Erik Loots Erik is windsurfer for 10+ years. In his daily life he is professional in construction dewatering, advisor, troubleshooter. Erik likes adventures, explore … Read more