Sun, wind and a good winddirection for Gouwzee. Off I went, one little problem, my winterwetsuit is in the storage box of my brother, where I don’t have the keys etc. But it is sunny and windy, shouldn’t be too cold right?

About 10 degrees Celsius, and 10 m/s wind.. Right… In my shorty I started windsurfing and I managed a 30 minutes session. It didn’t feel deadly cold, but not that much fun. I bet gybing improves when you will suffer once you fall ;). Last sessions I had quite some problems getting the hypersonic loose and fast, today there were heavy guys >90kg using 7.0 and small boards. I thought this should be enough wind, if the hypersonic is sticky today (with 8.3) than I would really be annoyed. To help the looseness of the board I did a couple of tuning, for example more battentension on the lower battens and less in the top, furthermore not much tension on other parts of the sail (except downhaul). The most impact was using a smaller fin.On the water the kit was almost spot on, just had to move the harnasslines to the back for 5cm. ( thats the center of effort difference when using a sail in 5knt or 20knts). Speed was good, actually really good, since I have the hypersonic I didn’t have such a smooth run. Crosswind, upwind and downwind all worked out very well.

After 30 minutes I had enough, comfy was something different. Especially going faster was not nice (higher apperent windspeed), it felt freeezzing.

On the beach my fellow windsurfers were laughing and I explained my situation. However one other windsurfer gave me his neoprene cap and his neoprene vest for warmth. I must say that was very friendly and heartwarming. Thanks! I really appreciate.

The session: http://www.movescount.com/moves/move79595973

Now time to order a new wetsuit.

Erik Loots

Erik is windsurfer for 10+ years. In his daily life he is professional in construction dewatering, advisor, troubleshooter. Erik likes adventures, explore and to challenge himself. During his life he is trying to get the best out of it and have respect for the earth, nature and future generations. The modern world is about sharing, in this blog Erik shares his experiences, selfreflection and lessons learned.