RS D2 TAKE THE WIN IN THE 2012 TEXAS OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

RS D2 wins the open class in the 2012 Texas State
Windsurfing Championship (Dallas, Texas)

The 2011 races were run in very light wind (less than 9 knots) and my 110 liter slalom board with a 9.9 did not work. During the past few years, Ken Merten (from Dallas) has been flat out winning all of the light wind races with a superlight setup and was unbeatable. Well, this year I came prepared. For this year’s races, I upgraded my quiver with 2012 Exocet RS D2 and specially tuned 9.9 NX and 10.8 NX for long board use. This is my first longboard since 1998, when I was riding the equipe 2.

On Saturday morning, the forecast was down-graded to 10-15 MPH. By the time the skipper meeting was held the wind dropped to 5-8 mph. I was nervous at first, as I only ridden the RS D2 only twice in non-race condition and never with a 10.8. The course was layed out with a classic straight upwind and straight downwind leg with a final reaching leg for Saturday, while on Sunday they decide to do short reaching legs.

The first heat, I finished second as I “turtled completely” the board going upwind and fell 3 times going downwind. The other 5 heats, I finished with all bullets (even with a few mistakes). The 10.8 NX with RS D2 combination has amazing upwind and reaching speed.

This setup is like driving a ¾ ton long bed crew cab truck with a twin turbocharged diesel motor, once you get the board on a course, it HAULS ASS. The longer the course, the more this setup pulls away from the rest of the fleet. I ended up with a first place in the open division as a result of this setup. This event is getting better every year and is very well ran, even Kevin Pritchard showed up to it. I know I will be back next year.