zaterdag 18 juni 2011

WAVESession with (Martijn)The Man - Wijk aan Zee 18-06-11

As i havent been wavesailing for a little while, my hopes were on for today.
gopro picture below.
The forecasts was great. SideOn condition and about 7 beaufort all day long.
All morning it was raining, but when i arrived the sun started shining :-) that till the end of the day.

Martijn de Man and Me
You see the Man's Van everywhere in Europe. Need fast transport? Call The Man :)
Martijn here laughing.. not sure why. He also is on Fanatic boards :-P
Shit happens ehh..
My setup for today 4.5sado and sos68.
Martijns setup back there, with the pink elephant in his sail.
As it was 14/15ms up to 18-20ms.. i rigged on a 4.0m2 first.. (too small)
I did had some doubts in the beginning about sailsize. Only in the gusts i was planing, but most of the time i was sailing underpowerd. With the low volume <68l i definately made a wrong choice on sailsize. I tried De Mans equipment aswell. He was on a sado 4.2 and 75L Fanatic customboard with a too big of a fin. He should put an MU fin Xwave underneeth..The 75L custom singlefin from Martijn went quite nice upwind, but it wasnt my fave in the waves. Im too spoiled having my SOS boards. It didnt fell loose as any of my boards. Martijn took my SOS68 for a spin, and got positively surprised about it. I didnt thought he could go out on such a small board.. As he is normally always on bigger boards then i am. The second part of the afternoon from where i changed sails from 4.0 to 4.5m2. i took my Gopro hd cam out to the water. I've made some shots

And filmed some aswell.. But me and film....I cant find the time to edit some.
So for now a bunch of shots, that from todays session.

-Tabletop sequence [not tweaked] click on it, for larger version.

A few waverides.

Jibing on a wave
I also had a little bad luck out there, while rigging the 4.5 i didnt check my masttop myself. Martijn was standing at the top and said it was locked into the mast when i rigged it. Are you sure? Yes he was sure ;o).. My first lap into the sea, between the 2nd and 3th bank.. WHAMMM after a little jump my mast when trough the top of the sail... No damage at all. It just wasnt locked. I had to swim back for about 20 minutes.
Swimming back to shore costed me a lot of energy. Later on i was getting cramp in my arms all the time. So i took it easy afterwards.

Another ride...
I saw the photographer JePeVepe also standing out there all day long with his enormous telelens/camera. Maybe within these days i'll get to see some footage from his lens and point of vieuw.

Stay tuned.

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