22 January 2012
(machine translated in 2023) First time Nikaj's Backyard: Top day
Wind force 6 to 7 from the west was predicted, perhaps just too south for the Grevelingen dam, maybe just right and with about 8 degrees, but dry.
Agreed with Nikaj to take over some fins and go sailing together, wind was good for Nikaj's Backyard: Haringvlietdam near the beach, I had never been there before. When I arrived, Nikaj and someone else were already there. Both thought the wind was blowing too hard. Nikaj had no smaller than his new Warp F2012 6.3 at: Nice sail! Other young, clearly lighter than I had no smaller than 4.2.
Just measured the wind, 18 to 25 knots on the shore, but on the water clearly harder, but with gusts. Immediately wanted to take 4.2, but was afraid that I would fall silent between the gusts and that is not nice with this cold. (Wash 9 degrees, by the way)
JP FSW 84 with Ice 4.7
Too big, I tried with maximum trim, but that too was too big. 4.2 wouldn't help much either, immediately caught the smallest stuff.
AHD Wave with Voodoo 3.7
First time the Voodoo 3.7 with the XC65 380 rigged, a bit of fiddling with the top extender, but then the sail was nicely on it. Mast bends really smoothly and that is nice in this kind of strong wind. It was getting on and flying away. Waves were perfect for me, left front and with some searching where and nice steep sconces from 1/2 to 3/4 meter high. In between, the water was either flat or very long swell, not a sloshing pit: Delicious. Often it was seeing a wave in the distance, then something wide to accelerate and then just before the wave dissolved and up. Made a few nice and high jumps. Gyben went after some practice as well. Disappointing on its narrow board. Not very much in the water, but good too, water was cold, but I didn't get cold myself. Stopped in time, started to get a little tired and the other surfers also went home, no desire to stand alone on the water.
Great day, too bad I was only on the water, but this is really a top spot with this direction. If the wind is hard West again where there is doubt whether the Grevelingendam is good and I am not alone, I will certainly go here more often. For the time being it seems to be getting colder so there will be no surfing for a while.
|Wind: W 25/35 kts
|JP Freestyle Wave 84 Pro - Select Wave Warrior 24cm
|North Ice 4.7 - North Gold(a) 400cm - Chinook Pro 1 Alloy 165-227
|(machine translated in 2023) First few meters felt good, but the further I went on the water the harder it seemed to blow. On the side sail over max trimmed and tried a few more raks. No, the wind was really too hard, board still felt good, but sail clearly too big.
|Wind: W 25/35 kts
|AHD Power Wave 253 - Select Wave Warrior 22cm
|North Voodoo 3.7 - North XC65 380cm - Chinook Pro 1 Alloy 150-212
|(machine translated in 2023) First time using my XC65 380cm, I have the idea that it bends even better in gusts than my old XC60. Set was immediately good, control good, speed high. Nice jumping. I do argue with my trapeze lines: NP Travel Fixed 28" keeps turning and sliding. Went to the side for a set of Pro-Limit, also interchangeable, but stay in place very well. What a beautiful spot, looking for golf, a bit more spacious to accelerate, dissolve at the wave and then take to the air! Top