Well what a bit of luck I’ve had! for the longest time I have been looking in to buying a board suited to light winds due to the fickle nature of the Stockholm weather and for a while I have been putting together a blog post about lightwind boards (still unfinished however I’m not sure how much more I can add than this average Joe windsurfer, he’s tested all the low wind boards http://joewindsurfer.blogspot.se/2013/03/jp-slw-vs-sb-us.html).
The problems with these boards are three fold, firstly they are insanely expensive to buy new, Continue reading →
one thing about the first ice surfer I built is that it’s exceptionally heavy, it must weight around ten kilos! So I thought that I would have a go at making a more lightweight board, I got hold of a cheap second-hand MBS mountain board when I was in the UK last month. This type of board has the advantage of lightweight plastic truck heads.
scrounging around my garage and salvaging bits of wood from other projects I knocked this together, it’s about half the weight of the first board. I chamfered the ends to produce the 30 degree incline that these truck require to turn, Its pretty strong and doesnt flex much at all, that little flex will help absorb bumps. Not bad for an hours scrounging about.
I’ve been taking an interest in the endlessly fascinating number of designs of iceboards that people turn up with, many of them are home built and they are a microcosm of the ingenuity of the human race to solve the same problem in an endless number of different ways. Amongst the home builds are a few manufactured boards. One of them immediately struck me as extremely well made just from the clean lines and sharp edges the board looks strong and light. I contacted someone in Uppsala Windsurfing Club who ones one and asked him where he bought it, he gave me their website www.hiberna.lv. He also mentioned that the majority of ice surfers in UWS use these boards.
It’s a Latvian company and my, what a specification they put in to their product. Reading through the specs, amongst other things they use aircraft grade aluminum in their CNC milled chassis components. and incorporate automotive components in to their bespoke trucks which are booted to protect the mechanism from dust, dirt and water incursion. They say that all adjustments for steering and rider weight can be made without tools and within seconds, definitely a bonus when out on the ice and wearing gloves. They also have thought through the problem of different ice conditions with a range of different blades for softer ice, snow, and tighter turning. The level of precision and finish on these boards looks very impressive.
What a spot! On the upper west side of Gotland lies a little village called ‘Tofta’, which has the most wonderful beaches and clear seas I’ve seen for a while! Perfect for westerly winds and also perfect for waiting away a sunny day.
I headed down there last night and again this morning. This morning there was no wind, so we took some food and coffee at the beachside cafe… Really chilled place.
When there’s no wind you HAVE to try the local beers right? So the afternoon was spent in Visby… In a beer garden. This windsurfing is a tough sport at times! 🙂 Andyc
Had explore down the southern tip of Gotland today. Breath-taking ocean views and clear blue skies!
The wind was westerly and around 6-8ms, we found a lovely spot just on off the road on the borrow but of land leading down to the southern part of Gotland. It was super flat and very clean wind. I’m kicking myself that I didn’t bring my 7.0sm sail as I’d have been flying!!! But as it was I went out for a couple of hours and it was super fun… A bit of planing, few water starts and a lot of pumping! Andyc
I’m over in Gotland for around a week, visiting some friends, relaxing and getting in a bit of sailing.
We brought the car and not the van for this trip as we have somewhere to stay and plus its much more expensive to take a mobile home onto the ferry. The downside of this is that I could only bring limited gear, so chose to bring my small board and 5.5 sail.
To blue dot in the picture above is where we are staying, it’s a small hamlet called ‘Lau’ and our friends Emma and Martin have a fantastic old farm house here that they’ve been renovating over the years.
I went for a sail yesterday afternoon at a beach called ‘Lau viken’ (the bay you can see on the right of the pic at top of page). It’s a 5 minute drive from where we are staying and offers a wonderful location for north to eastily wind directions. It was a fun place to sail with little waves to hope off and is really shallow for around 300 meters into the bay.
I’m nursing a hangover as I write this… We hit the red wine last night… Gotta go and sort it out. Andyc