Vrouwenpolder

Vrouwenpolder, Netherlands

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Destructive shorebreak

Vrouwenpolder
Windsurfing: Waves
10:40 pm - 11:40 pm Saturday. December 20. 2014
my rating 2 star rating
Wind Direction: W Wind Strength: powered   using 5.1 - 5.5m sail. Swell Direction: NW Swell Size: head Tide: Mid - Rising.

West wind and head high waves, so thought to give it a try at Vrouwenpolder. When arriving Kees was already there and ripping some nice waves. Stormy weather was predicted but I measured only gust of 21knots, so decided to rig my Mauisails 5.3 Ghost together with my 217x61x103L twinzer. 8°C and clouded, but with a water temperature of 7-8°C I was comfortably warm with cap, 5mm XCEL Infinity, and 5mm boots. First the sailsize seemed okay, with some slogging and planing going out, but with the gusts it felt unstable. Turned out that there was too little outhaul, so I tuned the sail a little and it was better. Difficult to catch a wave, because there wasn't that much surf anymore approaching the high tide. Made some nice jumps though at head high sets.

With increasing wind I still had a handfull with my sail and to much tension on the backhand, and wanted to go to the shore to increase downhaul. Made a mistake in riding a wave too close to the shore, and got slammed on the beach with the shorebreak. Got more of those shorebreaking waves over me and hardly could avoid to get injured or have my gear damaged. Thought I managed well after 10 waves, but when picking up the sail at the end it turned out torn. End of session.

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