Last saterday the conditions at IJmuiden were amazing and quite undutch.
Long clean swell, great heights and crossoffshore winds.
The wind was there only in the early morning. I managed to be there around 9:30am, but still one hour late to have the best wind of the day.
I used the 5-Oceans 5.6m2 and on my Flikka EDBOX 103 combined with a MUF Xtwin 17.5 + 2x Xtwin 15.5cm.
Didnt plane out, only planing on the wave going in. Once on a wave it felt magical.
FLIKKA 100+ liter waveboards @ the spot.
The Edbox VS Harry's Flikka :-)
Unfortunately i did not had my Gopro with me or my Nikon telelens to show you how great the waves were.
After the lightwind FLIKKA EDBOX project >103 Trailer/TriWave (see below), it was now time to replace my 2 other Quatro boards (LS75/85) for one does it all kinda customboard, next to my Flikka Edbox103, which is such an amazing board. That board does it all from 4.2m2 overpowerd.
(Ireland - stoney gap - fully powerd on the swag 4.2)
upto to light winds 6.2m2 underpowerd in smaller or big waves.
I can say my last project Edbox turned out to be a succes! Ive been sailing my Flikka EDBOX this year allready so many times. Used it troughout European coastlines. Been windsurfing this year in England, Ireland, France, Denmark and ofcourse a lot in the Netherlands. It doesnt matter whereever im using the EdBox, big or small, Choppy or clean conditions... It just rips. Fully in control, that from low to high winds!
My new project !
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From now on it will be a 2 board (wave)quiver! My goal is to have a set of 2 fully customized boards with a bigger range then my former 3 quatro quad ls boards (Quatro LS75/85/95).Less is hopefully more!
My newest toy is meant for medium to hardcore stormchase conditions!
Sail range : i will use it from 5.0m2 down to 3.2m2. With probably a sweetspot for 4.6/4.2/3.7m2.
A hardcore board with a bit of extra volume that is. Which turns on a dime, has maximum control in rough condions. Speed is not particarly important, but control and manouvrability is. (control in rough conditions means more speed anyway)
The last decade I normally used smaller waveboards in stormchase conditions. For example a JP realworldwave 68/69L, a SOS rocketfish 68L. The Quatro quad LS75 was the smallest of my last quiver. A few months ago I tried out a Flikka full quad 80L from Torben and compared it to my QuatroLS75, see revieuw here.
It was time to get my own Flikka magic! I started out sharing my thoughts in august 2013 with the shapers of Flikka; Luka and Janez. By the end of october it got in. The result is fenominal.
Well, short, very short! It has the exact same lenght as my Edbox.
6 cm smaller then my Edbox.
A small OFO .
Brings out the volume mostly in the middle, adding thickness and more volume in the front section.
5 slotboxes built inside! Trying out every multi fin combination id like.
From twin, tri, trailer to a quad setup. Who knows i might try out a 5 fin combo! ;)
All finset ups possible with big thanks to Maui Ultra Fins for all the support i get from them! Ive got the Xtwins and Xquads in different boxes and sizes. :-)
TESTING MAUI ULTRA FINS?
Yes, you can!
The Maui Ultra Fins are for you aswell to try out and test! Just ask me whenever i'm at the beaches/parking. You ll be positively surprised.
Work in progress inside the shapingroom
Sharp thin rails in the tail area with a deeply inverted Fish -tail.
Volume about 82-83L which should be perfect for my weight.
Its relatively wide in the middle and in the front section.Turning on a dime rocker .
All the ideas/features i had for the perfect waveboard comes together in this one.
Box, Fish, Keelquad...
For example I loved the keelquad concept from Stone design, adding some other thoughts into it, combined with some Flikka Magic and we have a fenominal fully customized waveboard. :-)
An 82Liter board able to handle extreme conditions. Enough float to keep me above troughout going over the breaks. A small thin sharp tail for control and radical waveriding. Short in lenght so its easy to go into the pocket! A huge cutout (fish)in the tail, so i can make them bottom/topturns even more agressive. Deep concaves for maximum control in stormchase/ messy conditions.
5 Finboxes to use all possible finsetups in different conditions
A hardcore carbon construction, which is lighter as the standard version. But so much stronger.
combined with dyneema reinforcements. 4 Bolts for each footstrap, i prefer a wide strapstance, so placed them around 46 and 44cm.
More details about construction you can find on their websites
Northeast is a sideoff direction at ijmuiderslag. At ijmuiden close to the pier there were no waves really. Ijmuiderslag was the plave to be.
Went there with 3 surfbuddies of mine. Robin, Bart and Wouter.
We Rigged up the biggest sail from each quivers. I had my bits of fun with the 5-Oceans sail 6.2m2. A bit of regret when i finally was on the water the first second i immediately was overpowerd :-S should of rigged 5.6 or 5.3m2. But its a way long walk down the the beach, so i took it as it comes.
Had my flikka edbox underneeth which did its job perfectly. Everytime im on that custom edbox i enjoy it more and more. Now im mainly playing with different fin set ups.. see and feel what it does. Setup today was the maui ultra fin xwave 17.5 as a center and 2x 15.5 on the sides. The first time i use it as a trifin.. more about that some other time.
The strong wind didnt took long though.
Had a few really nice waverides. I didnt count the turns really but it were more then i normally do along the dutch coastline. In other words at times the waves were fantastic. You just had to be lucky catching the right one. And i got lucky several times. A short and cold session it was. Hopefully next time i get to try out my newest Flikka JC customboard!!
I'm 34 yrs old. The last 20 yrs I've been surfing @Wijk aan zee, Zandvoort & IJmuiden. At times I'm travelling around the world, searching for wind and waves.
A while ago, I bought a gps and started GPS-speedsurfing next to the wavesailing to have some more TOW. A lot to improve there still. I have set my target the coming season beating the 40 knots/74.5kmh GPSmax speed and try to get an average of (10x5sec) above 70.0 km/h. My PR so far is 72.72kmh and an average 68.23kmh 5x10sec on a AB+54 slalom. I think i need just 1 or 2 days in stormchase conditions, that combined with my newest speedboard the AB+46 SPEED. My Pr's will be broken one day soon. The main issue is that i have to skip wavesailing instead on a very windy day . Wavesailing always been a #1 passion. In that catogory id like to; land more backloops, tweaking tabletops, Frontloops and with 10-11 beaufort do insane High Jumps. Further im trying my best to not miss out on any stormchasesession. My Point-7 SWAG'13 3.2m2 is ready to get wet! Let the Stormchase begin allready!