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Windsurf season 2017 – 2nd half – new stuff

The 2nd half of this 2017 windsurf season the opportunities to go windsurfing where less than I wanted. So the moments to remember are extra special. 🙂

I enjoyed our family holiday in North Wales. What a spectacular landscape and coastline it has!

This year again I had a few good raceboard sessions. The combo of the good old Fanatic Cat 380 with the new Warp F2017 9.6 is working out great. The reduced luff curve and less loose leech gives the sail good lift needed for railing on the daggerboard with tight upwind courses.

We also had the introduction of new 2018 surfstuff at Telstar Surfclub. A lot to see for next season with some good inside info from Jordy Vonk and Herman van den Berg.

Some snippets:

  • Falcon TE 98, new shape
  • Blast, now with tuttle box
  • Gecko foil edition
  • Biggest sizes Falcon/Blast foil approved
  • Freewave STB
  • New footstraps, more comfort, with sizeindicator
  • Super Session, new freewave sail in the range
  • Warp f2018 proto, evolution from extensive R&D, colors/graphics will be different
  • All sails new symmetric battenpockets and come pre-tensioned specific per sail/batten

I changed from the two big slalomboards (129/159) to one, the Fanatic Falcon 136 85cm wide. My experience was that with my weight (78kg) haveing two lightwind slalomboards didn't have enough advantage. That's why I'm back to one big lightwind slalomboard and the 136 is a winner!

For the fins I now have a new F-HOT RS3 45cm to try. This fin will be the most used with the Falcon 136 and Warp 8.4.

Just in. the North Sails Warp F2018 8.4, rigth out of the bag, pré-tuned battens, just rig and go! Smooth camber rotation. Check the movie on my Instragram account.

Very motivated for next season, hope the winter is short!

Thanks for reading! See you next time, Mark.

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Windsurfsessions winter 2017

It's still winter in the Netherlands but I had a few very nice windsurfsessions last weeks.

Luckily for me Sipke Bijlsma made was there to shoot some picures, thanks!

Equipment I used in these sessions.

  • Fanatic Falcon 159 LW with the North Sails Warp F2017 9.0 and Choco Fireblade 50cm
  • Fanatic Falcon 129 TE with the North Sais Warp F2017 8.4 and F-HOT 42cm

My fitness is better than before, now with enough breath and strength and having FUN!

Findings from these sessions below.

Falcon 159 / Warp 9.0

Conditions: gusty wind 8-16 knots, inland lake, windchop.
+ early planing, passive just go a bit broad, active on the same course
+ good tracking course, no luff/lee steering
+ surprisingly good gybing (in/out) and keeping speed in the gybe
+ very good speed and keep going in luls, compared to surfmates
- a lot of pressure on my back leg, no time to change settings yet
- because it was choppy not enough lift, railing was diffucult, next time try a different fin

Falcon 129 /  Warp 8.4

Conditons: wind 16-25 knots, inland lake, windchop.
+ with my slalom setup easy to sail with a lot of control, board and sail!
+ with this big slalomset no problem with the chop and wind gusts
+ the Falcon 129 (80cm wide) does not need a big fin
- for more speed I need to change mastfoot/boom positions

See you next time, Mark.

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Why I’m happy with my F-HOT Slalom fins

Since 2013 I've been using F-HOT Slalom fins. I was one of the early adopters and still happy with these top fins!

In that year I compared them to several other Salom fins after I have been using the Choco Fireblades for several years. I wrote my review on fins some time ago.

Based on that review I choose F-HOT. I now have them in several sizes, type S3, 36-48cm. I use them with my Fanatic Falcons. For the biggest board (130/138) my most used fin is the S3 46cm with the North Warp 9.0 combo.

What I really like is the light and free feeling these fins give my boards. You can put pressure on them early and after that they give an even and constant lift when accelerating, with good control. That gives confidence, never strange or unexpected moves from the fins. You can focus on other things. 🙂

Ross Williams uses the F-HOT RS series that have been developed after the S series. More focussed on PWA conditions, downwind course, fully powered at the limit. What I hear is that the RS is more technical to sail but faster when you can handle them.

With my weight (78kg/184cm) I use my set most often in well powered conditions, not on the high-end. The performance that the fins give me is more dependant on me than the fins. I feel that I did not get the max out of the fins yet and I expect more is possible. Also the support on the fins that Steve Cook gives is also remarkable, a real craftsman. I crashed one of my fins and Steve repaired this fin as new!

Please let me know if you have questions or need advice on what fin type/size for your set. Happy to help you.

See you next time, Mark

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