Born : October 19, 1973
Home : Spijkenisse
Motto : Dream, but live in the moment !
About me : I started sailing on my 12th year on a Wayler Ypsi that belonged to the father of my friend Stephen. After a few sessions with lots of falling I had my first planing experience and I was hooked to that feeling instantly!! From that time on I just had to sail and be on the water as much as I could. I even didn’t buy new clothes because I wanted to have my own gear. A little later I bought myself a second hand Ten Cate Runner… a Sainval Maui… an F2 Starlit and in 1993 I bought my first new board, an F2 Axxis 255! That board I still shining in my living room, so many good memories!
In 2007, I switched from flat-water to the sea… and whooow… I should have done that way earlier! This is what I live for… the waves, the rush, the adrenaline!!! Great feeling and I enjoyed every time I spent on or near the water (as long as there are waves HA HA). In 2007 , I also picked up bodyboarding, and I’ve even been on a trip to Hossegor in 2008, it is a great sport also. As I got better and better in the windsurfing at sea I started to spend more time in windsurfing… and this is still my number one activity
I also tried kitesurfing and I think it is great and spectacular, but I found the learning period quite dangerous. I had a surfboard also (Bic Mini Malibu 7.3) and I was able to stand up quite soon, but the swimming on the arms is really hard. Since last year I have bought myself a SUP and for me, this is a great no-wind alternative… all together: I love the water, wind and surfing feeling!
Sponsors : EssentialStore.nl
Windsurf sessions in 2012 : 54 (and 18 SUP sessions)
Session logs : sessionlogs.com (Ridge255)
Spots I sailed in Holland :
- Terschelling- Waddenzee (Groene Strand)
- Ouddorp – Flauwe Werk
- Ouddorp – Zandbank
- Maasvlakte oud – 3e trap
- Maasvlakte oud – Slag Dobbelsteen
- Maasvlakte 2
- Ter Heijde
- Wijk aan Zee
Spots I sailed worldwide :
- Ireland (Brandon Bay, Coumeenole Beach, Scraggane Bay)
Forum member : windsurfing.nl (Ridge255)
Events visitor : BOOT, HISWA, PWA Worldcup Scheveningen 1987
Other boardsports : SUP, Bodyboard (not very active), Wave (very few times), Snowboard (beginner) and did do wakeboarding a few times.
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My boards : Wave- Starboard Evo 91 (2006) + Starboard Quad 81 (2010) SUP- Quatro
My sails : Wave- Ezzy wave SE (2005-2008) 3.7 / 4.2 / 4.7 / 5.2 / 5.8 / 6.3