Evert: first storm of the year: spicy
Forecast was 9 bft, so actually too much wind and a lot of rain. In the morning it turned out that the wind in the afternoon would be less extreme and Zeeland would hardly get rain.
I could take some time of from work. On arrival there were only 2 surfers on the water: 3.4 and 4.0, but I didn't have to check sail sizes. The sea state was telling enough: Storrm, foam flying through the air: 3.7

AHD with Banzai X 3.7 and Wave Warrior 22cm
It was still high tide, so big shore break. Timed it correct, got through without falling. I was far too tense at the beginning. Bit of extreme conditions to start again after a few months of hardly sailing. Sailing so tense is much more tiring. After a break, put the max trim on the sail. After that I was less tense and sailed better, gybing went better, sometimes planning. There were a lot of high waves, but wind was often too extreme to jump really well or for waveriding, so I just made it more of a freeride session. Wind slowly got less extreme, a little less trim in the sail, which helped, but sometimes I stood still. With the extra Corona kilo's, the AHD sank even faster, so it was wise to stop. I was pretty tired, anyway.

It was a great afternoon. Lots of sun, apart from a few drops of rain completely dry. Nice waves, wind bit extreme, but usually doable. I was a bit rusty due to not training on the water or at the gym. Cycling alone is clearly not enough for good surfing condition.


14:00 1.75 hour Wind: SW 30/46 kts
Board: AHD Power Wave 253 - Select Wave Warrior 22cm
Sail: Goya Banzai X Pro 3.7 - Goya Ninety Pro 370 - AL360 E3 Carbon 140-200
  Set quickly trimmed well. At the start bit tricky conditions, very strong gusts, towards the end wind dropped a bit. Set gave very good control, certainly handy at the beginning when what was still very rough. Later, water became calmer and very easy to sail.