Photos by: JePe van Popta
Wijk aan Zee is located middle/northern part of Holland, close to Amsterdam/ Haarlem. It’s good play ground with a wide range of wind directions. It works from South east to Side onshore from the left and also filters the waves/organises the wave really well. Is usually a easy wave with a bit punch in it and can get big up to 5m or so.
It is a quite a stable spot as the low pressures get filtered by Ireland and then turn up stable at northern Europe.
We scored a great storm there last week, which I knew was coming, but with that kind of storm hits it’s hard to tell when and how fast it will pass. It can change quit fast into a bad rotation and give a wrong angle of wind because it was a really small compressed pressure that went through the Channel. But I knew the direction would be good for Wijk; I always fall back to one main important weather site Theyr.com because this site is always one step a head..
I prepared my small sails the day before then headed over with the locals and friends off Wijk aan Zee: Bas Molenkamp, Elton Eypma, Torben Tijms, Marco van Leeuwen, Pim, Harry and Edwin.
I used my smallest sail what is a 3.6 Salt and a Goya quad 84L. I was still quite stacked on my 3.6; jumping wise I was able to get some backloops and straight jumps but not more than that as there was just too much wind..
But surprisingly enough I was still riding well!
Thomas Bouwman was also there to capture the day on film, we will have videos to come soon, but for now you can get an idea of the conditions with this short back loop clip.
Wijk is a great place because off the atmosphere; off a nice long jetty and in the background The Hoogovens/ Tata Steal factory and than nice Palfijooen Aloha for a fast chocolate milk or long hangout..
This together with all nice riders who pop up as soon the wind is there; it’s just perfect.