Rallye raid Dakar 2011 & windsurfing

Rallye raid Dakar 2011 & windsurfing


At home my brother Wouter is huge fan of the Dakar rallye and so this means I watched most  reports of this legendary rally last years. Started to search more about this rally, it has similarity with our passion speedsurfing only more expensive. Enjoyed really watching this rally it is challenging, each year I recognize more and more mistakes&wins and this makes me feel I am part of the game . Soo cool something big like Paris-Dakar exists for rally riders. The closest to Paris-Dakar rally for windsurfing is Le Defi???

A speedcrossing event of 10-15 days windsurfers/ sailors / kiters total 60 hours of sailing something like 1000 NM distance should be doable (crossing some ocean). It won’t be a recordattempt just a spectacular show, from flat and fast waters to huge waves. Yeah dream on :), from organise point of view nearly impossible to guaranty reasonable safety, but Paris Dakas is also dangerous and therefor interesting. Hardcore action it will be and count me in. Have anyway this plan to do some high speed 25-30NM crossings in 2011, lets see if it is fun anyway to go fast on a reach longer than 2sec-10sec- 60sec ;). It just reminds me of Sarah her challenge which is total 3500km or almost 1900NM, this is pretty amazing when she pulls this off by her own. And when she has enough sponsors she will start in Dakar which brings me back at the current rally Dakar 2011 😉

This windsurfing year should start any minute now, ice is almost melted

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.