woensdag 25 november 2009

Coverage in the Dutch Surf Magazine November 2009 issue

The Dutch Surf Magazine (issue November 2009) published a great picture of the blog author in mid-air over Texel. The picture was taken on October 16th at Paal 9, Texel, by Paul Koster. The wind was north and was ranging between 6 and a solid 8 bft.


That weekend a whole bunch of windsurfers visited Texel on their yearly "Texel Roadtrip". It was great fun and we had good winds and some heavy surf. That day I was on the Sailworks Hucker 4,8 for the first time. I'm always in search of new and special gear and I'd gotten intrigued by the concept of the Hucker. A modern twisting sail, but with far less leech tension than usual nowadays, resulting in a full profile thoughout the sail to the top, really making it into a powerhouse sail with a slightly higher centre of gravity. For bigger and taller guys like me it's great to have that higher and more powerful leverage on the sail. Most guys were on 3.7's, I was on the Hucker 4,8 and it was sweet. Very stable, fast, heaps of power, and very confident and stable when jumping. It even got me around some very tight corners on the waves, but needed some musclepower to do so, so it's no on-off wavesail.  I think it's very fast too, I'll put it on my speedboard and see what's there in GPS-speed department. 

vrijdag 20 november 2009

Jelle Posthumus visiting Texel

Blog reader Jelle Posthumus sent some great pics of his visit to Texel this month. Nice to receive them! Thanx. The spot on the picture is Dijkmanshuizen on the Waddenzee side of Texel. You can rig at the  waterfront on the gras and the spot is in fact a little inlet or bay, which at low tide gets very smooth, so great for freestyle. The spot works with winds from northeast, east, southeast, south and southwest.


     








  













zaterdag 14 november 2009

Dorian's 2nd session of the day

This morning it was rainy and gray, in the afternoon the clouds cleared, the sun came through, the wind increased even more and the second session of the day was at Paal 17. Olympic RSX surfer Dorian van Rijsselberghe again having fun on his 77 liter twinfin and 4,2 Fly. Dorian picked up waving seriously I think in the spring of last year, when his sponsors decided at last he should get some fun gear for waving. Considering the fact that he spends nearly all of his time on the water on the RSX olympic board, it's actually quite amazing the level that he has reached in waves in such a short time. I even guess he's already a serious match for the top wave guys in Holland. His bottom turns are fast and fluid (shoud feel a bit different than his RSX) and when cutting back, he nearly never misses the critical section of the wave. He's up for the 2012 Olympics and should he go PWA Pro afterwards, he'll stir up things there for sure.          





















   



















Paal 9 today

Dutch RSX olympic racer Dorian van Rijsselberghe got a good session in at his homespot Texel in between international RSX regatta's. In the morning the weather was gnarly with little light, so my pics are a bit dark.


 









in the pit......




























vrijdag 13 november 2009

Promising forecast!

The forecast for the upcoming 5 to 6 days looks very good with a very strong (at times gale force) southwesterly flow bringing also high temperatures for this time of year. Forecasts for tomorrow even show a peak of some 40 knots hitting Texel. Busy getting all the gear ready: speed & wave stuff. If the wind swings more to the southwest speeding at The Brace is the number one choice. If the winds kicks in more from the south we'll go for some wave sessions. Hope to get some pics in.  


zaterdag 7 november 2009

Speedspots on Texel

Speedsurfing has catched on big time in Holland (and worldwide) due to the great appeal and succes of the GPS-speedsurfing format. This worldwide community exists of over 3300 members from 47 countries. It’s actually a Dutch idea. Over 2000 members are posting their GPS speeds on a regular base and 3000 boards, 4500 sails and 5100 fins have been listed op GPS-speedsurfing.com. The site was founded in 2004. In that year 800 sessions were posted on GPS-speedsurfing.com. In 2008 this number has grown substantially to12.941 sessions.



In Holland top speedstrips like The Brace work with southwesterly winds, which are pretty predominant in Holland. On Texel our speedspot De Hors only works with offshore northwesterly winds (and northeasterly winds). Being an open water venue, wind and tides should fall right into sync to get the magic carpet going ......


(illustration made bij Jeroen de Wever)

The first real outing to check out the speedpontential of De Hors was in the fall of 2007 when I invited Martin van Meurs to come over. The wind wasn't that strong and we could only play around with a 6,6 sail and 100 liter board. Later that fall Dirk Doppenberg joined us with better winds and Martin just missed the alltime GPS 500 meter record on Dutch waters.........Northwesterly winds can be very very strong in Holland so the potential is there and it's just a matter of time when De Hors gets propelled  into the top op the GPS-speedsurfing rankings. Hope it will be me to do so. I don't have good pictures yet recent speedsurfing at The Hors, only of the lowind session in 2007 with Martin and myself. The ship on the horizon seems to to be stuck on the beach, but it actual shows the great wind fetch from the northwest over De Hors to the speedstrip. De Hors is essentialy a large sandplate attached to the southtip of Texel.

 


De Hors also works with northeasterly winds. These winds often bring beautiful weather, but they seldom get stronger than 30 knots (rider below: Wouter Verhulst).

   


It can get very windy on De Hors....



The stars and their own hero(es)

Even the biggest stars of our sport, like Robby, Bj√∂rn, Dave and Keith, have their own hero. But who? Finally we know.....

donderdag 5 november 2009

This is Texel


latitude: 52.220818 longitude: 6.891140
Inhabitants:
15.000 (sheep)
14.500 (people)
Almost one each.

What else? For starters we've got our own beer brewery. And the biggest whisk(e)y bar in the world. And it's windy. The records show that Texel is the most sunny place in Holland and we've got a lot of great  spots for freeriding, wave, speed and freestyle. 

Landmarks that make windsurfers happy





We've got a lot of these landmarks here on Texel and it's not bad to have the wind around if you're a windsurfer..... 





Bart rotating at Paal 9, Den Hoorn (pic Paul Koster)



some guys chasing each other around, Paal 17 De Koog