Windsurfing Sucked But Not Anymore

There was a time I simply loved windsurfing, it was all I did in my spare time. Even when I could not be on the water, I was reading windsurfing magazines or was watching windsurfing videos.

I’ve also spend hours and hours on thinking my pile of gear over and thinking about what waveboard or skinny mast I needed to add to my quiver.

I was more to be found in my favorite local windsurfing shop than I was in any other kind of store.

Life was good…

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Where Should I Start

where should I start

This title should said it all…

Where Should I start…

You see, I’ve neglected this blog of mine for too long. Over the years I had several ideas in my head and some of them I shared with you guys, but not all of them.

Boardrebel.com has seen many changes over the years, and not only has the blog changed, I’ve changed too.

Transforming BoardRebel.com Into A Personal Blog

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A New Start For BoardRebel.com (Including Rebranding)

a new start for boardrebel.com

Hi Guys (and girls),

Yes, a fair amount of visits to boardrebel.com are from girls/women who are interested in windsurfing topics and I’m so stoked about that.

Windsurfing is a lifestyle mainly dominated by men but women windsurfing is good for the sport and I wish more women would start investing time to get into windsurfing.

A New Start for BoardRebel.com is coming

In the first few sentences above I’m getting distracted about what I actually wanted to share with you.

And that’s publicly anouncing a new start for BoardRebel.com

I’ve thought long about it but at the end I believe the direction this blog is going to is the right one.

You know, I love writing about the sport in general and helping others with technique issues or giving advice on holiday destinations but the thing is I get most energy when turning this website into a personal blog!

So, what will change here?

Changing BoardRebel into a personal journaling blog

bloggingI’m about as sure as I can get about  wanting to convert this website into a journaling personal blog.

So, no more introductionary homepage but instead a blogroll.

On this blog you’ll find more about me and thing things I do (and love to do).

I’ll be blogging about:

  • Windsurfing Sessions
  • Paddle Board Sessions
  • Other things I like reading (and writiing) about

Windsurfing Sessions

I have not been the most fanatical windsurfer around for the last few years. I must admit that I wanted it as easy as possible so I didn’t botter that much to bringing my own gear to work and have a session afterwards on my own gear.

Instead I rented some gear all of the 2017 sessions and went on the water of an hour (or a little more).

Renting is possible on the nearby local lake, so no wave riding sessions at home for over a few years for me.

I even wanted to sell my wave gear and wanted to get into slalom and speedsurfing completely (I already have a GT-31 device).

For 2018 I decided that my true passion still is waveriding and so I’ll get into wavesailing all over again.

Now I know it will be hard, being a few years older, having gained some extra kilo’s and not to mention the below zero level of endurance I’m in right now.

My medium windsurfing harness even won’t fit anymore so on short term planning I’ll need one size bigger (and I hate it but this is actually a great motivation to make 2018 a great year of learning and improving on all kinds of levels.

Paddle Boarding Sessions

About the same goes for my paddle board.

I have a SUP but haven’t been on it for the last 3 seasons.

So, short term I’m planning on buying a car roof rack to take my board with me as often as possible.

Though it’s a 10’5″ all around board (which I used on flat lake and North Sea conditions until know) I want to learn to wave sup this year and the lack of ocean swell on the NorthSea makes conditions perfect for learning how to wave sup.

So, I’ll be writing a lot about my experiences and learning curve on the stand up paddle board.

Picures and Video for Documenting

Blogging is one thing but visually engaging sports like paddle boarding and windsurfing would benefit greatly from video / photo’s.

So for documenting my sessions I need to grow myself a habbit in bringing camera’s with me as I hit the water for that I need some new gear as well…

I need a backmount harness (for my GoPro) as well and an helmet to take my action cam with me more often.

Most photos I shoot are with my smartphone but windsurfing and paddle boarding will make me need a camera I can take with me on the water. And my GoPro 2 is a great device but is missing some crucial functions the newer models have.

So my GoPro 2 which will be exchanged into a newer GoPro model as they have remote control access which would be perfect for using it on the water and not filming all the time but instead of that only the moments that are worth it.

This will save my battery time as well so a win-win situation and worth the money if you ask me 🙂

Fellow windsurfers / SUP riders are not really enthousiastic when you ask the to stay ashore and shoot pictures / video from you so an actioncam is a logic next step.

A drone would be another option but for now let’s get used to being on the water using a GoPro and not to mention I need to start from zero editing video content as I never did that before.

I wouldn’t even know what software to use for that so don’t expect any awesome footage in the near future.

What About The Rebranding?

Last but not least…

The rebranding as mentioned in the title of this post….

I’m thinking about removing the menu links which you can see up until now for some articles I’ve written.

A logo will be created and I’ll be using my social media accounts for BoardRebel as well. My facebook Page and Instagram account are in use already but my YouTube account needs some serious attention (and I even have a Twitter account what I’ll be using to distribute my upcoming blogposts).

More ideas are floating around in my head but for now this is all.

Let’s make 2018 a great year!

Let’s Round Up

For now this is it, so let’s round this first blog post up.

I’ll be back soon!

Windsurfing in 2017, My Recap

As 2017 is over in about a month and 2018 is ready to kick off it’s time to take a look back at this year and look forward and plan for the upcoming year.

I’ve found out that I’m experiencing a windsurfing interest shift which might lead to some drastic changes for the upcoming year…

More on that later, let’s first recap this year that is coming to an end in about a month time.

How Was My 2017 (Windsurfing Wise)

This year I’ve finally decided to renew some windsurfing equipement.

New Windsurfing Gear

Windsurfing wise 2017 was a year where I bought myself a North Sails Hero 5.3 and sold my 2008 North Sails Ice 5.3. I even managed to get rid of my North Sails Voodoo 4.2 unfortunately I haven’t found myself a new 4.2 as yet.

It’s not that there are no 4.2 sails that I like, the Hero for one is a sail that’s really good for my style and super light (especially compared to the older and some what heavier Ice sails).

The Year Where I Did Not Have Any Waveriding Sessions

The reason I have not purchased a new 4.2 yet is because I haven’t done any waveriding this year, so I’m doubting about the new sail.

I mean why buy wavesails when I no longer am windsurfing in the surf.

The reason I have no wave sessions under my belt for 2017 is because I windsurf more and more on the lake close to my work. It’s convenient to park my car near the shoreline, rig on a meadow  like surface (grass), pick up my gear, walk for a few meters and hit the water.

Where as, the waveriding spot is as close to my work but with a lot of dissapointing conditions and me getting more and more interested in purchasing slalom/speed equipment, the waveriding days were non existing this year and though I like to jump and waveride frontside the speeds on a lake sound more appealing to me these days.

Distance to the water, having a big dune to cross with my gear and my car out of sight when on the water are only small negatives compared to windsurfing at Oostvoornse meer (my local windsurfing spot of choice).

This hasn’t been any different this year compared to the years before, the real reason is that flat water windsurfing just seems more interesting to me.

So, What Are My Plans For 2018?

As you might have guessed by now, I’m thinking about changing some gear for 2018 and windsurf some more on the local lake.

I used to have a slalomset in the past. And the thing is, I’m missing those planted, in control, top speeds when out on the water.

The Fanatic Falcon 122 I used to own was a great board (especially in comination with 2 different fins). I used to power that board with a North Sails Ram F11 7.0 and 7.8.

When I could turn back times I would certainly never have sold that gear.

Right now I have a Fanatic Skate 99 TE and a Triwave 81. As I have only been going as fast as possible on my Skate, I guess this the board that will be exchanged for a slalom board.

A 120 liter one is too big for my weight so a board around 110 liters will be my board of choice I guess. Right now I’m thinking about a freeraceboard to get used to the wide tails and outboard footstraps.

As for sails I guess freerace sails of 6.2 and 7.0 would do the trick.

So, this is what I’m thinking about for next year.

What are your windsurfing plans for 2018?