Windsurf session: Amstelmeer 16 may

by Maarten on May 17, 2009

Luckily I was able to windsurf again! This was the second time this year… That really has to change in the upcoming months. There was not much wind, a small 4 Beaufort. I didn’t care to much since I was happy to be on the water again. Here the results of my day.

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A lot of people are always wondering how to rig and tune their windsurfing sail. With a wave sail it’s a bit easier than with a high tech racing sail. Still are there a lot of people not setting up their gear correctly. Alex Mussolini is giving you some handy (but basic) advice. You can also applies these tips to your freestyle sail.

Do you know more rigging tips? Please leave them in the comments.

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Mistral and Anders Bringdal collaboration!

by Maarten on May 15, 2009

Mistral told in an press release that they and Anders Bringdal have reach an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement for windsurf boards. As result a new generation of Mistral boards will be produced. Anders Bringdal is a four times world champion windsurfer and he doesn’t look bad on the speed tracks as well :-).

Mistral is hoping that the can bring new life to the Mistal brand as they did with the sponsoring of Robby Naish 33 years ago. Boards & More will lose their license since this deal is an exclusive one with bringdal.

The new of Mistral boards can be expected at the end of November. A series of slalom boards will be made and also a board purely focused on longdistance GPS Speedsurfing and a pure GPS Speedboard. In total we can expect about 14 different boards. His own board line, AB Boards, will probably ceace to exits. Let’s see what Anders will bring us!

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Starboard: an inside look

by Maarten on May 14, 2009

The french Windsurf Magazine had a great inside look in the headquarters of Starboard. Windsurfer Cyril Moussilmani showed them around. A while back I posted a video from Kevin Pritchard who was also talking about Starboard and testing the iSonic windsurf boards. He showed a lot in his video, at least that was what Starboard thought. So eventually he had to take the video offline.  Anyway, here are the pictures of the fotoshoot at Starboard HQ.

Startboard Headquarters

Startboard Headquarters - working on an iSonic windsurf board

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Anders Bringdal and speedsailing

by Maarten on May 13, 2009

Windsurfer Anders Bringdal

Windsurfer Anders Bringdal

Did you ever wonder what Anders Bringdal is doing besides developing AB Boards? The Daily Dose had a chat with him and talked about speedsailing on the Hydroptere. Check out the video at the Daily Dose

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Rider Davy Scheffers (H311), part of the international Gaastra/Tabou team, has posted a new video “After Bonaire” on his blog. Cool to see how the Dutch talents are making it to the international windsurfing scene. Watch his freestyle action.

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PWA Windsurf World Cup Podersdorf 2009

by Maarten on May 13, 2009

The second PWA World Tour event is over. I will not talk about too much since you can read the event summary here. Maui Sails also posted a nice even report. Down below you can watch al the videos of the event.

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The ultimate surfing experience

by Maarten on May 9, 2009

This is what surfing is all about. Being in the barrel. Check out this video:

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Kitesurfers in trouble

by Maarten on May 9, 2009

KNRM Helikoptor

KNRM Helicopter

Friday afternoon seem to be a great surfing day, but it turned out to be a horrible day. Because of the unpredictable weather several kitesurfers had an accident.

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Windsurf board repair

by Maarten on May 3, 2009

Finally! After 3,5 weeks I have my windsurf board back. I damaged my board the first windsurfing session of the season. It was not a big ding but because I’m not that handy I decided to bring my windsurfing board to a well known shop in the Netherlands. It’s called Telstar in Harderwijk.

When I showed the damage I asked how much it was going to cost me, about 50 euro they told me. A reasonable price. When I picked up the board I had to pay 112 euro. That`s a big difference!

I don’t mind that the reparation costs were more expensive than expected, at least they should have informed me about the price difference. Unfortunately Telstar didn’t. Luckily the damage is gone and the repair is well done. Also the striping is back to it’s old condition.

Tip: Pay attention to what you agree on when someone else repairs your windsurf board.

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