Cold but better wind
The forecast was wind and rain again, in the morning the rain didn't seem to fall in Zeeland. Wind direction W to WNW, so perfect for the Grevelingendam.
Much busier than yesterday. Direction perfect this time. Also in the bay wind.

Banzai 5.3 on the One 95 with 25/8 thrusters
Immediately planing, out of bay and immediately a chop hop, a little further good jump, then double back-side hit: top conditions. Wind was stronger than yesterday. 5.3 quickly over max trim, but after that it was good sailing. Lots of chop hopping and jumping, over both sides. Occasionally nice waves to be found for a few back-side hits, sometimes I could string several waves together: wonderful. Most jibes were plaing jibes. Wind was very strong at times. Sometimes even overpowered, time for a smaller sail: 4.7. Hesitated to take the One 95, but also a good chance to test the Grip again.

Banzai 4.7 on the Grip 93 with 20/10 thrusters
When rigging up, I thought I'd grab a set of MFC 20/10cm thrusters. After I attached the 10cm thrusters and removed the covers I saw that they were the Fanatics. They are softer, but good to test.
It took some getting used to, board sails so differently, turns differently, shorter, but with control. Sailing more over the front foot, but not extremely.
Jumping is also slightly different, wave riding is quite fun, but don't know if the Grip on inland water is better than the One, Fins also seem to search a bit on the water, sometimes slipping a little and then get grip again. That could be because of the softer thrusters. Never spinouts. But it takes some getting used to that feeling.
I do think I need to do something about the foot straps, the front one seems to need to step forward. I also find the foot straps with my winter shoes on too soft. Maybe I should try to put Dakine Core Contours on it. During a drink break I checked my phone. Rain was coming, rain for the next 1.5 hours. Was cold enough as it was. Time to stop.

It was cold, really cold. In the beginning even with mittens on cold fingers. The wind was a lot better than yesterday and it was a lot busier on the water.


Present: Jeroen, Ron (SoulDragon)

12:00 1.25 hour Wind: W/NW
Board: Goya One 3 Pro 95 - MFC Freewave 22,5cm/Makani Walu 2x8cm
Sail: Goya Banzai Pro 5.3 - Goya Eightyfive Pro 400 - AL360 E3 Carbon 160-220
  Same set as yesterday. Slightly better waves. Fins still good. Sail set to max trim in the beginning, but later the wind picked up and it was really too big. A lot of jumping: over both sides, often went very well, a bit of floating. Sometimes nice back-side wave riding, sometimes even multiple hits. Other times the water was more chaos and it was only try to sail through it safely.
13:30 0.75 hour Wind: W/NW
Board: Fanatic Grip TE 93 - MFC TF 21cm/Fanatic RTM Carbon 2x10cm
Sail: Goya Banzai Pro 4.7 - Goya Ninety Pro 370 - AL360 E3 Carbon 140-200
  I hadn't planned to grab the Fanatic 10cm thrusters, but I had installed them with the covers on, so I decided to give it a try anyhow. It takes some getting used to, board sails so differently than the One 95. Tried to find the right trim. Fins seem good, could maybe be just a little smaller. A bit of jumping and wave riding: board turns so much tighter, I really had to get used to it. Control seemed to be a bit less than with the Goya, maybe the trim wasn't quite right either, maybe try other fins.
I think the front foot straps are a bit too far back, wanted to put my foot forward all the time: I'll adjust them soon. I think original foot straps are too soft for boots, time for core contours.