After 6 hours and two minutes I finally felt sand under my feet at the beach. Fantastic! The sailboat record still stands, the windsurf record of 7 hours 56 minutes, has been improved by two hours.
At the KNRM headquarters in Ijmuiden the previous record holders Tim Klein and Jaap Kriele were awaiting to congratulate me. What a special moment; we animatedly talked about each other’s challenges at sea. My successful attempt came exactly 16 years after they had improved the time from Olympic Windsurf champion Stefan van den Berg (1998). Stefan set the record exactly 16 years earlier in 1982.
By lunchtime the next day I was on a plane to Lanzarote! This holiday was planned many months before and thankfully the weather conditions were perfect for the Saturday and not the Sunday. A perfect way to recover and get the strength back in my body.
KNRM, Dutch pilotage, Vertigo sports, Louise, Lars and Sjoerd, thank you so much for your support and commitment to this marathon session!
Quickly the question arose: “What will be your next challenge?”. I think NOT having a challenge will be the biggest challenge of all. Time to embrace surfing the way I started it…