Tenerife Week 1

It’s been some time, because in The Netherlands it’s was ball freezing cold! However, I’ve been on Tenerife now for a week with three friends (Tino, Tom and Bas) and the surf here is ON! The first day I had one of the best windsurfsessions in my life! Side-offshore wind and 1-2 meter swell. I got to take some great photo’s of the locals and my friends. We are staying in a luxury appartment with a huge swimmingpool and the weather is 25 degrees with a lot of sunshine! The wind is gone for the coming days, but since Tenerife is an island somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean it receives a lot of swells, so surfing is good here almost everyday! Tom took some pictures of me dropping in on a shorebreak bomb. Not used to these kind of waves yet I wiped out and got held down for more than twenty seconds! Enjoy the pictures. More will probably follow later on!

Scheveningen Zuid 16-10-2010

Got the chance to finally test my new board! A 6’6 x 20″1/2 x 2″ 5/8 modern fish. A great board for the dutch waves I must say! Easy to get speed on the less powerful windswell we have here in the Northsea. Because of the wind and the crowd I decided to go windsurfing, which was hard but also a lot of fun!

Took some pictures before I went in the water.

Leucate 2010 – The Movie!

Thanks to the whole tripcrew for the great surftrip!

Battle of the Generations 2010

On tuesday the 14th of September 2010 the old and new generations of Plankenkoorts members competed against eachother in a fantastic windsurfing event. Wind was 25-40 knots, waves up to 2.5 meters! After surfing my heat, I decided to go out for some fun surf. Almost made a backloop by accident, which felt great! So I wanted to try more looping, but I got stuck in the shorebreak and a wave broke my mast! Crap! However, this gave me the time to take some great pictures of the other windsurfers. It was cold, raining and very very windy, but they gave away an amazing show and it was really fun to watch. My camera seemed to hold up pretty well with all the wind, sand and rain. Thanks to Plankenkoorts for organizing this amazing event!

HDR of a VW T2 van

I created this picture from three exposures with my camera on the ground, because I didn’t have a tripod at the moment. One of my first attempts to create an HDR photo!

Summer 2010 – Leucate

Finally took the time to make a selection of my favourite pictures from the windsurftrip to Leucate! Two weeks of sunshine, windsurffun and partying! I took more than 700 pictures, most of them of my friends windsurfing. Also played around with the video function on my EOS 500D and I’m almost done editing the Leucate movie. When it’s finished I will post it here ofcourse! Enjoy the Leucate pictures!

Summer 2010 – Bretagne

Same location, new pictures! I must say, the waves were not as good as in May, but still we managed to have a lot of fun! Pictures and a movie of my windsurfing trip to Leucate will be posted soon!

Scheveningen Noord 15-07-2010

Finally some surf again! Southwest winds all day resulted in some rideable waves in the evening. With a golden sunset to finish it off, this was actually a very nice session. The next three weeks I will be off to France! First a week of surfing waves on the west-coast with two friends. Then I will travel to Leucate by train to do some windsurfing with a whole crew of Plankenkoorts members! I’ll bring my camera of course and hopefully I will be able to grab some nice scenery and surf action shots! For now, enjoy these Dutch pictures!

Blitztrip Bretagne

Wednesday the 19th of May, our hearts were bouncing a little bit faster than usual. A 6-8ft 11 second swell was arriving at the coast of Bretagne. Hungry for epic waves we (Jouke and I) called all our surffriends, trying to fill a van with at least four people. Deadline for departure would be 2300, at 2130 we got a crew of four (Jan Jaap and Kiril joined us). At 2245 we got our fifth member: Anton! With a little delay, leaving at midnight, we drove to Bretagne. No map, no food, no toothbrush. Our minds set on epic surf the next day, we took the scenic route via Calais… an extra 100 kilometers. After a thirteen hour drive, we arrived at La Torche. We got out of the van and ran to the coast. We saw nice 8 foot waves with much power and got in the water for a refreshing session! We decided to buy a barbecue for 13 euros at the Carrefour supermarket, money well spent! That night we ate jummy surfburgers on real French baguettes!

The next day we woke up late, needing our sleep to get fit again. In the afternoon I had a great session at La Torche. It was a bit crowded, but I got on Jan Jaap’s 7’6″ and surfed on 200 meter long lefthanders. My longest rides ever. In the evening we decided to explore the area to find an uncrowded spot to surf in the evening and the next day. We drove along the coast and checked out several spots. Most of them weren’t working at all! We drove a little further until we arrived at a bay called Baie de Trépassés, which translates to Bay of the Death. It got it’s name because of the colder water temperatures. The place looked more like the Bay of the Gods. It was magical! Jouke and I decided to go for a evening session. The water was very clear and refreshing. The waves were small but powerful. Seeing the sun shine through the waves was beautiful. Much better than the brown mud of the North Sea we usually surf in in Holland.

The next day, a new portion of swell arrived. The waves got bigger and the bay was on! I surfed mostly righthanders trying to get better at surfing on my backside, but also caught some beautiful lefthanders. The rest of the crew was also ripping and all day long we surfed! In the evening, the swell got less and less. We almost decided to go home, but first felt we had to check out La Torche again. Arriving there, we saw that the swell arrived much better and decided to stay another night, drink some beer and get up early for a dawn patrol session!

The early morning session was superb! Only a few people out at La Torche and the waves were very clean. Up to about 6ft in the sets, the long lefts were great to practice generating speed on a wave. Late morning, early afternoon, the spot got filled up by sunday longboarders, which made it a lot harder to catch a good wave without dropping in or getting dropped in. The waves also got smaller and smaller. Therefore we decided to drive back to The Netherlands.

This was definitely my best short surftrip ever. Four days of clean, near perfect waves, in a row! It will be hard to get used to the Dutch waves again…

Scheveningen Zuid, Hemelvaartsdag

Already had many surfsessions in The Netherlands, but last week was especially great: four hours in the morning on saturday, a great dawn patrol session on tuesday the 11th of May, and a super relaxed and fun session thursday the 13th of May, Hemelvaartsdag, a public holiday. I borrowed my camera to my friends girlfriend, and she took some shots of us in the surf. The waves were really mellow at first, but started getting more powerful at the end of the session. Haven’t caught so many waves in one day since Portugal!

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